To nearly Zero-Energy Buildings in 5 stepsRoyal HaskoningDHV's 5 step approach replaces the conventional Trias Energetica, emphasising the reduction of energy needs (no longer conditioning buildings, but users) and the exchange and storage of energy inside and outside buildings.
The major challenge is to create a stable system that is optimally regulated. Monitoring is essential to be able to accurately predict actual energy consumption. When transforming energy supplies within cities at district/neighbourhood level, we consider several scenarios: urbanisation, more buildings and population in a district/neighbourhood, changing functions, expansion and contraction of buildings, combining sustainable energy systems and optimising energy consumption by using smart systems.
In practiceWe have now been able to prove that Royal HaskoningDHV's approach works in practice. We actively contribute to transforming buildings and districts through research and partnership projects.
Some examples of energy saving projects by Royal HaskoningDHV include: Achmea Campus, Atrium MC Heerlen, Venlo council offices, Martini Hospital and the Royal HaskoningDHV head office.
Relevant external web pages
- EU Concerted Action - Programme with participation of EU member states for developing methods and accelerating implementation
- EU Build-UP initiative - support for all stakeholders in the implementation of nZEB
- CEN - European standardisation institution
- REHVA - Europe
- EU DIRECTIVE 2002/91/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 16 December 2002 on the energy performance of buildings.
- EU EPBD recast, Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings (recast), Official Journal of the European Union, (2010) 18/06/2010.
- Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No. 244/2012 of 16 January 2012 supplementing Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the energy performance of buildings. Official Journal of the European Union, (2012) 21/03/2012.
- Guidelines accompanying Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No. 244/2012 of 16 January 2012 supplementing Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the energy performance of buildings by establishing a comparative methodology framework for calculating cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements for buildings and building elements (2012/C 115/01).
Senior Expert Sustainability & Life Cycle Performance Design, Buildings