Engaging residents in sustainable renovation by simplifying complexity

MSc. Thesis by Marilou van der Vlugt

The energy transition is crucial across various sectors, including housing. Constructing energy-efficient buildings and renovating older structures are key steps to reduce emissions. Renovation focuses on improving thermal quality and integrating green energy sources, addressing both climate and social goals, particularly to combat energy poverty. Participation is vital in this process, but it faces barriers. Marilou has identified six themes: position, trust in officials, knowledge, social cohesion, practical factors, and personal factors. To find a way to do engage residents, a Research through Design approach was used, exploring vision building workshops, public discussions, serious gaming, and interactive knowledge tools. The outcome is an interactive and visually engaging design to reduce the identified barriers, empowering residents to shape sustainable renovation processes for their homes.

Source: TU Delft