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Buijs, A and Silvester, S (1996) Demonstration projects and sustainable housing. Building Research & Information, 24(04), 195–202.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: demonstration project; energy efficient; feedback; government policy; housing; sustainable development; The Netherlands
- ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613219608727529
Because of the complicated structure of the built environment, it is frequently difficult to obtain good results on sustainable development projects. In The Netherlands, the Dutch government have used a range of new steering instruments which have cleverly enabled innovation to take place within a market economy. This imaginative governmental process uses covenants, network management and above all, demonstration projects to assess the feasibility of innovation. The authors describe the process and consider examples from energy efficient and sustainable housing, highlighting the importance of clear targets.