Initiator for this project is the Energy Knowledge Center, which researches the transition from old energy sources toward new sustainable energy and its side effects. Two of the key topics that are to be explored within the program are monitoring of energy savings and in- and external communication around this theme.
Competition amongst social housing corporations is also being fueled. Last May project development Gerbrandy in Middelburg, owned by Woonzorg Nederland, was awarded the Building Business Golden Green Award 2009. According to the jury the complex was built very sustainably which showed also in their lower Energy Performance coefficient, solar energy collectors and a special system for heating and cooling.
Over 2008 the Dutch housing corporation sector spent €222 million on energy saving methods. This significant investment is nonetheless hardly visible in the online communication of corporations about sustainability. This is one of the conclusions from research conducted by Finch & Beak. Close to a quarter of de websites (24%) does not offer any sustainability related information at all and only 38% of the corporations informs their tenants by giving practical advice on how to save energy, such as the use of energy saving light bulbs and washing with a full drum.