As of 1 July 2018, as a property developer in The Netherlands, you are no longer allowed to connect new homes to natural gas.
Municipalities such as Amsterdam and Utrecht will also require that you build a circular construction for 15% of all housing.
The European legislation (EPBD) soon require that you also take into account the effect of the home on the health of the resident.
Finally, residents are becoming more and more articulate, their housing needs are becoming increasingly diverse and are changing faster then ever.
The approach to decision of the resident and changing legislation
As a property developer, you determine together with investors and future owners (such as housing corporations and private owners and in coordination with the municipality), what buildings and houses will look like. Residents usually have little say – they do not have a choice or they are informed very late. But that is changing.
Furthermore, many project developers are inclined to transfer any arizing to the design team and the construction team. But they do not know either. No one can solve new problems with the knowledge of the old approach.
With the decision-making right of the resident and the changing legislation, you risk ending up in a conflict of interest. The only way to solve this is to prevent the conflict, by take advantage of the right approach.
Prevent construction damage from project developers
The project development of housing construction will easily take over five years. You only get to know the occupant of a owner-occupied home a year prior to completion, and often you will not know the tenant at all.
All of the cables and pipes are connected into the skeletal structure of the base building, therefore consequential damage occurs when the project developer, future owner, or occupant wishes to make an unforeseen change during the process. How can this be avoided?
Split physically base building and fit-out
What happens if you build houses as you build stores; first only the skeletal structure?
Within that you could let the resident decide everything: layout, energy system, installations, kitchen, and bathroom. You could commission this installation yourself, but what happens if the resident does it themselves under your conditions?
You have complete freedom in the supporting structure and façade. You also determine building-bound installations such as rainwater drainage and connection of sewer and electricity in the house to the utility in the street. This lasts much longer than the various residents live in it.
When you split base building and fit-out in two sequential phases, you are ready for the future. You can change everything in the second phase without causing damage to the main structure and can therefore easily renovate. This means you can always meet changing requirements and laws during your project development and even afterward.
BRIQS Inclusive Buildings: fossil-free, circular and healthy
The BRIQS Foundation supervises the municipality, the real estate world and contractors of the base building into incorporation of new contact and contract with the user.
With this, BRIQS makes building and living possible and more flexible for everyone involved in the future.
Efficiency, risk, and speed all improve at the same time. We inform you with books, Masterclasses and personal advice. We focus on quality of living and faster transitions towards fossil-free, circular and healthy building(s).