Large-scale energy efficiency projects in the built environment are generally uncharted territory for municipalities, financiers and other stakeholders involved. In these and similar projects, there is a high demand for standardization of processes and documents to give the transformation a boost and to tackle financial and technical barriers. One such transition is that of the energy transition from the use of natural gas for the heating and cooking in homes to the use of other resources.
To support this transition in The Netherlands, the Green Building Initiative (GBI) was asked by the Dutch government to provide expertise and process support for the Green Deal ‘Gas-free neighborhoods’. In this project, 56 Dutch municipalities committed to transforming existing neighborhoods from gas-connected to all-electric homes by facilitating meetings and functioning as process manager for several projects related to knowledge and the standardization of processes.
Ultimately, the expert center will produce a guideline for municipalities, banks and related parties, creating a knowledge base for all future projects related to the transformation from gas-powered to electric housing. This example serves as a direct illustration of what the Green Building Initiative aims to achieve and how the platform can be used to boost the sharing of knowledge on the process, organization, standardization and financing of energy efficient real estate.