Dutch Energiesprong housing innovation to come to the UK

The European Commission recently has announced the Horizon 2020 grant funding to roll out an innovative housing refurbishment project for refurbishments of domestic properties in various European countries and the UK.

Dutch Energiesprong will deliver refurbishments of over 111,000 whole house retrofits to net zero energy levels.

Commenting on the grant funding, Programme Director, Arno Schmickler, said:

“Thanks to European funding, Energiesprong will open up a scalable net-zero energy refurbishment market for UK businesses. Creating desirable, warm and affordable homes provides a unique opportunity to transform homes and communities.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Energiesprong partners to challenge the ‘business as usual’ approach and I’m excited that a number of forward-thinking housing providers and industry leaders are already committed  to making net-zero energy refurbishments a reality in the UK.”

Started in the Netherlands, the programme has already completed over 500 refurbishment. Unlike existing refurbishment models, Energiesprong uses an energy performance contract to guarantee the performance of the improvements over a long-term (minimum 30-year) period.

A group of leading social housing providers, construction companies, trade bodies and expert organisations formed Energiesprong UK in early 2015 and led the bid for funds from Horizon 2020 to scale up the success of the project internationally.

The EU grant is for up to €3.6 million (approx £2.7million) for the next three years. It will be used for increasing the capacity of Energiesprong UK’s independent market development team.

It will be used to kick-start net-zero refurbishment markets in the UK and France, using the social housing sector as a catalyst.

This will be achieved by:

  • Stimulating increased demand for net-zero energy refurbishment solutions
  •  Improving the regulatory and financing conditions for such solutions.
  • Mobilising the construction sector to revolutionise its existing retrofit building processes through the development of stronger supply chain integration, product-focused collaboration and industry-led innovation.

In the UK, this process has already started and Energiesprong UK has taken the first steps in driving new approaches to net-zero refurbishments based on a commercial business model.

Energiesprong will bring an initial 5,000 refurbishments in the UK and France to set the scene for a roll-out into the private owner-occupier sector.