Henk Visscher

Henk Visscher
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 531, 5/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Innovations for a Carbon Free Dutch Housing Stock in 2050
Prof. Henk Visscher
Housing Quality and Process Innovation,
Delft University of Technology

All are welcome. Light lunch will be provided to registered participants.

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Henk Visscher is a Professor of Housing Quality and Process Innovation at Delft University of Technology – Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Department of Management in the Built Environment; Director of the Graduate School Architecture and the Built Environment; coordinator of the Summerschool Sustainable Housing from a European Perspective. He is also a scientific director of the Building and Technology Innovation Center.

He has coordinated many large research programmes and projects in the field of sustainable housing policies and practices, supervised many PhD students and made many scientific publications.


In 2017 the new Dutch published coalition government agreed on high ambitions for the reduction of CO2 emissions to meet the Paris agreement and policy directions to achieve this. In 2030 the emissions have to be reduced to 49% compared to 1990. In 2050 we should have an CO2 emission free and energy neutral built environment. The existing housing stock plays a major role in the realisation of these goals. The Dutch housing stock comprises of 7.5 million dwellings. The majority of which has a rather bad thermal energy condition and are mainly heated by natural gas. All these houses have to be renovated to a nearly zero carbon performance. By 2021 yearly more than 50,000 new homes per year will have to be delivered on nZEB level without a natural gas connection and at least 50,000 existing dwellings will have to be made gas-free per year. These are steps towards 200,000 zero carbon renovations per year, a pace that is needed to make the entire stock carbon free in the 30 years up to 2050. To support these goals, a large innovation programme is currently being developed.

The workshop will present the required innovations. Research on the impact of the policies and measures applied in the recent years point to the challenges that have to be overcome. A particular challenge is to realize the intended performance and really save energy and reduce CO2 emissions on a large scale.