Government regulation as an impetus for innovation: Evidence from energy performance regulation in the Dutch residential building sector

The recent implementation of energy performance policy as a way to tackle energy consumption in the building sector in Europe draws attention to the effect it has on the development and diffusion of energy-saving innovations. According to innovation system literature, government regulation through norms and standards is one of the factors stimulating innovation. This paper concentrates on the role of stricter government regulation as an incentive to innovation in the Dutch residential building sector. Innovation in this sector is predominantly a process of applying incremental modifications to comply with new and stricter government regulations and standards. Energy performance policy in its current shape will therefore not contribute to the diffusion of really new innovation in energy techniques for residential buildings in the Netherlands. If diffusion of really new innovation is an explicit aim of energy performance policy then the European wide introduction of this scheme needs reconsideration. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Energy performance policy, Residential building sector, Sectoral innovation systems

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Language(s):English
AuthorsBeerepoot, Milou (OTB Research Institute for Housing, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands), Beerepoot, Niels (Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords:Energy performance policy, Residential building sector, Sectoral innovation systems
Last update:2007