In the Netherlands a housing retrofit package has been developed which can transform houses into net zero energy consumers in less than 10 days. Some 111,00 homes have already undergone the make-over and reduced their energy bills to zero, thereby providing the funding to pay for the work through the savings in energy costs.
Under the ‘Energiesprong’ project, manufacturers, building contractors, housing associations, government and finance organisations have been brought together to define and implement a cost-effective, attractive and quick approach to making net zero energy possible.
Energiesprong and its market development team has been the independent actor to drive and coordinate stakeholders to jointly develop in parallel all parts of the market solution l.
“Households spend EUR 13 billion per year on energy and through our package we can channel this expenditure to cut energy consumption to zero,” said Ron van Erck of Energiesprong,
“Our approach is based on organising the massive demand for a Net Zero Energy refurbishment proposition, and making financers and governments tune their financing offerings and regulations towards this product. Energiesprong has succeeded in brokering a deal between housing associations and builders to refurbish 111,000 houses to Net Zero Energy levels in the Netherlands.
The Energiesprong package being offered by Dutch building contractors offers pre-fabricated panels for wall insulation and an integrated roof to collect solar energy. After a year of refining the products and installation techniques, a refurbishment is executed within 10 days and comes with a 30-year energy performance warranty from the builder.
The project has started with social housing but see the end game as the private sector. The package seems to make sense for the housing associations who recuperate the renovation costs through the energy part of the tenant’s rent.
Currently, Energiesprong is working to bringing these solutions to the private homeowner sector through a recent deal with 175 parties (including local and national governments, banks, real estate surveyors and builders) to align the market conditions for this housing segment.
Energiesprong is working in the UK and France to get a independent market development team to set up to drive a similar market change as is occurring in the Netherlands. A group of ±20 housing associations between the two markets, financiers and governments are all partnering or supporting this initiative.