The REAP methodology

Location: Hart van Zuid, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Client: the Rotterdam Climate Initiative
Design: Duzan Doepel, Eline Strijkers with Chantal Vos i.c.w. JA and the TUDelft: Andy van den Dobbelsteen, Nico Tillie
Year: 2009

By the year 2025 Rotterdam aims to have halved its CO2-emissions; an ambitious plan that will require a revolutionary approach to urban areas. One proactive response to this challenge is an exploratory study of the Hart van Zuid, an area including the Ahoy, Zuidplein and the Ikazia hospital. An interdisciplinary team has investigated how to tackle CO2-issues in a structured way. This has resulted in the Rotterdam Energy Approach and Planning (REAP) methodology. REAP supports initial demand for energy, propagates the use of waste streams and advocates use of renewable energy sources to satisfy the remaining demand. REAP can be applied at all levels: individual buildings, clusters of buildings and even whole neighbourhoods. Applying REAP to the Hart van Zuid has shown that this area can become CO2-neutral. Best of all: REAP can be applied everywhere.

The program for this studies was housing, shops. hospital, school, event centre, sports complex, parking. The assignment by the Rotterdam Climate Initiative was the development of a design methodology for CO2 neutral urban planning.

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