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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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2018 | Case study
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Energy Safari - Having fun with energy
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
117 604 inhabitants
Energy efficient refurbishment
The city of Zoetermeer decided to fight against climate change and biodiversity loss in order to become moresustainable and greener. It set the objective of becominga CO2neutral City by 2040. That is whyalreadyin 2007 the first Sustainable Zoetermeer program was put inplace. It includes ambitious goals with regard to climate/energy policy, healthy environment,mobility, biodiversity and sustainable purchasing. The Energy Safari project is one of the initiatives launched by the municipality within this framework.
Project in a Nutshell
During an energy safariparticipants walk and viewdifferent houses in theirneighbourhood. During this walk, thermal images of different properties are produced. An expert explainswhat isshown by thethermal image concerning the loss of heat/energyat each house. This provides direct insight into the energy consumption and heat losses of the home. By subsequently tackling these heat ‘losses’, the house can be made more energyefficient and the energy bill reduced. During the safari, employees of Reimarkt, a sustainable living business, are present to answer any questions.Citizenscan request athermal image of their home for the price of€10.The municipalityco-finance the production providing€40 per thermal image
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