A leading German think-tank ‘Agora Energiewende’ has advised the European Commission to scale up the Dutch home renovation scheme Energiesprong to help it reach the EU’s climate targets.
In an advisory report to the European Commission the think tank highlights ten priorities and four flagship initiatives to make the European energy transition a success.
For the building industry, Energiesprong – a revolutionary, whole house refurbishment and new build standard and funding approach -is chosen as the flagship initiative to renovate 1 million buildings by 2025 on an industrial scale.
The report says: “Energy efficiency renovation of buildings is progressing at a rate of only 1% per year. This is less than half of what is necessary to reach the EU’s climate and energy targets for 2030. A crucial bottleneck is today’s small-scale approach: for most renovation projects, knowledge, service provider, materials and financing are organised from scratch. The Dutch Energiesprong model demonstrates that an industrialized approach can be both feasible and affordable.”
The report also advises the European Commission to “launch and co-fund 5–10 pilot projects per member state in partnership with national agencies, cities, and industries. The purpose of the projects,” writes the report, “is to demonstrate the feasibility of industrialized renovation of existing buildings. The European Commission should also organize accompanying studies to identify barriers and costs. If useful for further scaling, the next European Commission should propose before the end of its mandate an EU-wide measure to harmonize market entry conditions for industrialized building renovations throughout Europe.”
Energiesprong has already initiated a market by realising successful pilot projects for single family homes in the UK and France.
The Energiesprong solution is also being applied to multi-storey buildings in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands. However, to apply the solution across Europe, financial support is still needed. Also, organising the legal framework to create optimum market conditions to enable industrialisation on an even bigger scale is impossible without support from the European Commission.