Criteria based approach for assessment of policy instruments for deep renovation of residential building in the Netherlands

Brijesh Mainali, Georgios Pardalis, Krushna Mahapatra

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The building sector is responsible for more than 40% of the energy use and 32% of carbon dioxide emissions in the European Union (EU). Previous research has shown that the present rate of energy retrofit and refurbishment in Europe is far below (< 50%) than that is required to meet the EU’s building related energy efficiency goals for 2020. Appropriate policy interventions for deep renovation is perceived as a catalytic agent in promoting energy efficiency and leveraging more investments in the building sector. EU directives regarding Energy Efficiency reflects in various member states’ national targets and policy measures to improve the energy performance of the existing building stocks. Economic policy instruments seem to be influential in steering the deep renovation market, but this alone may not be sufficient for the sustainable growth of the market. There is a need for market-based approach to enhance the private sector involvement, both in terms of technical and financial capabilities. This paper evaluates the policy instrument used for promoting deep renovation of residential buildings in the Netherlands. A “Theory-based evaluation” technique has been used in analyzing the content of the policy instrument, and the underlying theories and policies, at output and impact level. A set of the evaluation criteria have been applied for assessing such policy instruments in leveraging energy efficiency investments and their effectiveness in terms of energy savings. The assessments are done based on the meta-analysis of relevant literature and data sources, and finalized in consultation with the Dutch partners from INNOVATE (Integrated solutioNs for ambitiOus energy refurbishment of priVATE housing) project under Horizon 2020. Further, the challenges for scaling up such existing effort for the sustainable growth of the deep renovation market has been explored.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECEEE Summer Study proceedings: eceee 2019 Summer Study on energy efficiency
Subtitle of host publicationIs efficient sufficient?
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789198387841
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Assessments
  • Deep renovations
  • Impact
  • Output
  • Policy instruments
  • Residential buildings


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