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The Netherlands

ECOSTILER Site Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for its historic houses, but it also has many apartment buildings constructed in the 1960s. The CONCERTO project in Amsterdam is eco-refurbishing some of these more modern blocks in the Amsterdam New West neighbourhood.

A total of 300 1960s dwelling houses will be refurbished by the project, providing inspiration for 50,000 further dwellings that could be renewed in the same way.

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SESAC Site Delft

Delft, with 100,000 inhabitants in the province of South Holland between Rotterdam and The Hague wants to become a CO2 neutral city. In relation to that ambition, the City council adopted the Update Climate plan 2008-2012 with the objective to emit 15% less CO2 by 2012, raise the share of renewable energy to 5% of the total Delft energy consumption in comparison to 1990 and use 15% less energy.

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Through its participation in the CONCERTO project, the Dutch city of Heerlen uses heat energy stored in old mineshafts for the heating and cooling of buildings.

The last miner left the mines in Heerlen in 1976. Since then the former mineshafts have been filled with geothermally heated ground water, which has a different temperature at different depths and can therefore be used for both - heating and cooling.

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SORCER Site Apeldoorn

Apeldoorn is situated in central Holland, to the east of Amsterdam and has around 155,000 inhabitants. It has set itself the ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral by 2020 and, through the CONCERTO project, is taking the first steps towards realising this aim by constructing 3,100 new dwellings of the highest energy standard.

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STACCATO Site Amsterdam

Amsterdam-Noord, one of the 14 districts of the city of Amsterdam, has been developed rapidly in the post war period. For most of these buildings renovation is required, both from a technical as well as from a social point of view. Within STACCATO an approach with an enormous impact on sustainability is demonstrated in a project of 1,172 dwellings called Het Breed. Het Breed is a much talked about housing complex designed by architect Van Gool and built in the 1960’s. It exists of 11 five-storey buildings all connected by air bridges, a relic from the old airport.

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cRRescendo Site Almere

Almere is a young municipality. Its first house was completed only in 1976. It is sited on the reclaimed territory of Flevoland.

The Almere districts of Noorderplassen West and Columbuskwartier were thus obvious candidates for actions under the CONCERTO project. In these areas, 2,000 eco-homes are being built, along with commercial and public buildings. Specific innovations with these developments include the integration of renewable energy sources and the application of energy efficiency measures in city planning, area development, public tendering, architecture and building.

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Houthaven used to be a harbour and timber handling area, situated close to Amsterdam city centre, where many wood factories and related companies were located. After a long history of industrial activities, Houthaven is being transformed into a residential area. In total, seven islands are under development, providing space for 2 200 dwellings, 70 houseboats and 50 000 m2 facilities. In the NEXT-BUILDINGS project, 30 000 m2 of net zero-energy buildings were realised within Houthaven in the area named Blok 0.

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E2REBUILD Site Roosendaal

The E2REBUILD demonstration in Roosendaal, the Netherlands, consists of 112 identical, single family terrace houses built in 1960 in the area of Kroeven. The whole area underwent a transformation, which included renovation of existing houses and new construction. The retrofit of 50 of the houses was part of the E2REBUILD project and was completed at the beginning of 2011.

The renovation in the Roosendaal pilot buildings took place with the tenants remaining in their homes throughout the entire renovation work, which required consideration from both sides and continuous dialogue.

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BEEM-UP Site Delft

The BEEM-UP building site in the Netherlands is located in the north-west of Delft, approximately 2.5 km from the city centre. The group of buildings is called Complex 5 and consists of 108 dwellings distributed over 3 types in 8 blocks constructed in 1958. The area has a specific identity as the surrounding buildings share the typical Dutch brick facade, a remarkable architectural quality.

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TRIANGULUM Site Eindhoven

Eindhoven is the centre of the Brainport Region, one of today’s three top economic engines of the Netherlands, delivering about 14 % of the national gross domestic product (GDP). Two districts - Strijp-S and Eckhart Vaartbroek - will be transformed into sustainable living environments as part of TRIANGULUM.

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CITY-ZEN Site Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam has over 850,000 residents from 180 different countries, who own more than 600,000 bicycles. The wider Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has close to 2.5 million inhabitants. The city has a strong commitment to encourage green research, development and investment in sustainable initiatives. As a result, the area is enjoying a rapid uptake of electric transportation and a growing number of companies are developing sustainable products that influence global business. Amsterdam is exceptionally well connected, both physically and digitally.

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CELSIUS Site Rotterdam

The city of Rotterdam participated in the CELSIUS project with a focus on two interventions: development of an energy system in the vertical city of De Rotterdam and the creation of a heat hub aiming to increase the effectiveness of the waste heat transportation network.

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Heerlen, the Netherlands

In the first demonstration site in Heerlen, flooded mine galleries act as a renewable heat source and provide a total of 500,000 m² floor area connected to a low temperature district heating and cooling network.

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IRIS Utrecht

Within IRIS, Utrecht combines solar energy, affordable social housing and broad access to electric mobility. These solutions are developed together with citizens and built on open data to accelerate change.


Home to 350.000 inhabitants, Utrecht is the fourth largest municipality in the Netherlands and the fastest growing city in the country with a predicted 400.000 inhabitants in 2025. Utrecht's core ambition is to be a climate neutral city by 2030.

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ATELIER Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, ATELIER will develop Positive Energy District in six locations within Buiksloterham, in the north of Amsterdam. One of these six locations is De Ceuvel, an already existing energy community with a smart grid, participating in the energy trading activities of the project. Two locations are newly developed building groups, Poppies and Republica, with a total of 22,000 m2.

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Alkmaar is a city with  108,000 inhabitants in the centre of of Noord-Holland with a strong cultural and historical heritage. Alkmaar is also a modern city with a strong knowledge-driven economy, based on sustainability, tourism, healthcare, entrepreneurship and innovation. Alkmaar aims to be the most innovative municipality in The Netherlands by 2021 by
introducing smart city concepts and digitalizing many services. Alkmaar is highly consistent and committed in its sustainable

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POCITYF, Alkmaar

Innovative solutions for Positive Energy (CH) Buildings and Districts
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