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Preservation of the existing housing stock of housing associations

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In the next fifteen years, some major changes will take place in the global energy field driven by increasing energy demand and declining stocks of fossil fuels. These developments will lead to further increasing energy prices causing a new situation called energy poverty where households are no longer able to pay their energy costs. Housing associations feel more and more responsible for the total housing expenses of their tenants, but are subject to a complex legal framework. The aim of this paper is to formulate an advice on which housing association Woonbedrijf from Eindhoven can practically implement an energy preservation concept in their pilot project the Airey neighbourhood. A literature study combined with a financial model and AHP analysis are used to select the best organization model. The results showed that the organization structure where the tenants collectively participate in an energy cooperative is the most preferred alternative.

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