Housing associations own about 30% of all homes and play a major role in affordable housing for many Dutch people. They can make a big impact in the transition to a circular housing stock.
A circular corporation minimizes energy consumption and the use of raw materials and materials. In this way, they keep the impact on the environment associated with the renovation, construction and occupation of social rental homes as limited as possible. Circular measures do not always have to be complex or expensive.
Progressive housing associations show that environmental gains can already be achieved with small steps and limited investments. Sometimes circular measures even pay for themselves in the short term. A different perspective can also help to see sustainable or circular solutions not as a cost item in the short term, but as an investment for the long term. In addition, circular solutions will eventually become cheaper when the demand for these types of solutions increases.
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The handbook is written by C-creators (Merel Stolker, Lotte Loeber) & Anne van Stijn (TU Delft and Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) on behalf of the Ministry of BZK and the Province of North Holland.