The future of nature inclusive buildings

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2023-08-31
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The Netherlands faces population growth, necessitating more housing but endangering green spaces. To address environmental challenges, balancing construction with nature preservation is crucial. While urban planning considers new structures, opportunities for biodiversity improvement in existing buildings may be overlooked. This study investigates nature-inclusive building opportunities and their influencing factors, focusing on a case study, which is Aeres University. The research explores characteristics, policy arrangements, conditions, and their applicability to existing structures. Its goal is to inform nature-inclusive development in the Netherlands and suggestions for the Radboud Campus. The primary question is, "How is the development of nature-inclusive buildings in the Netherlands influenced?", which is supported by three sub-questions. This qualitative case study employs desk analysis and six semi-structured interviews. The Policy Arrangement Approach framework analyzes the project's policy structure. The study underscores the significance of nature-inclusive measures for biodiversity, human well-being, and sustainability. In conclusion, nature-inclusive building development in the Netherlands is influenced by various characteristics, conditions, and policy arrangements, with outcomes varying based on the case. This research highlights the importance of nature-inclusive measures and policy frameworks while recognizing the complexities involved. Replication offers potential for existing buildings, but the extent is not covered in this study.
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Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen