Dutch home retrofit scheme gets funding to expand

The Energiesprong net-zero housing refurbishment initiative has secured €5.4m (£4.23m) of European funding to scale up its existing innovative housing programme in the UK, France and the Netherlands, and to stimulate mass uptake of net-zero energy refurbishments.

Energiesprong is a fully-integrated, market-driven, zero-energy approach to refurbishment. It aims to get better products (which bring homes up to net-zero energy standards) to the market – for both retrofit and new-build housing.

The Energiesprong retrofits take no more than a week to install, are aesthetically pleasing and come with a long (30-year) performance warranty, and improve the home’s indoor climate and comfort.

The improvement can be financed (mainly) through the resulting guaranteed savings in energy costs.

Developed in the Netherlands, the programme has already delivered over 800 net-zero energy refurbishments and has started delivery on a further 111,000 as part of an agreement between housing associations and builders.

The €5.4m (£4.23m) EU Interreg grant will be used to co-fund early market Energiesprong retrofits and allow the independent Energiesprong market development teams in the UK, France and the Netherlands to put in place the right market conditions for these net-zero energy refurbishments to take place at scale.

The Interreg funding bid was undertaken by Energiesprong UK on behalf of all the project partners and a total of nearly €1.8m (£1.4m) is allocated to three of the participating partners in the UK – Affinity Sutton, Moat Housing Group and the National Energy Foundation.

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July 21, 2016
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