Biobased is not about money, is it?

August 2015 This is the English translation of a opinion feature  in a Dutch Newspaper. The Dutch version can be found here. . In the Netherlands we have a so called “top sector policy”, a selection of business sectors that the government supports, for several reasons but mainly for their…

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Embodied energy performance

july 2015 From energy performance (EP) to embodied energy performance (EEP) (-standard) (This blog is a translation of a blog in Dutch, published on the biobased platform website: go here for the Dutch version) For 30 years or longer , we are working to establish a energy transition, with energy…

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Biobased = sustainable ?

Biobased = sustainable? (This blog is a translation of a blog in Dutch, published on the biobased platform website: go here for the Dutch version: part 1 and 2) ( May 2015) The question asked was : is Biobased equal to sustainability? The short answer is: No. A longer answer…

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aluminium and earthquackes

Why we will crash at some moment Travelling around the Netherlands I am amazed constantly by the materials choices made by project developers or architects. Last week I passed a recently (low energy)  refurbished office building (ASR in Utrecht, left) , and I see white , pre-formed façade elements. Most…

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EPBD definitions for (near) 0-energy

The definition of near 0-energy buildings, a short treatise on the EU directive on 0-energy buildings (EPBD recast 2010) For some years 0-energy buildings and energy neutral buildings are in sight and discussed. There are many variations in terms and definitions,. Some years ago I analyzed the verb , and…

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