The Energiesprong net-zero housing refurbishment initiative has secured €5.4m (£4.23m) of European funding through the Interreg NWE programme, with a view to scale 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, which includes a revolutionary funding model. 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.
In particular, and often more important to homeowners or tenants, Energiesprong retrofits take no more than a week to install, come with a long (30-year) performance warranty, and improve the home’s indoor climate and comfort. At the same time the property undergoes a design upgrade which dramatically improve the aesthetics of the house, thus making it a more attractive and desirable place to live. 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.
Commenting on the funding award, Arno Schmickler, Energiesprong UK Programme Director, said:
“Together with investment from Energiesprong UK housing and industry partners, the £4.23 million EU Interreg funding will make the first net-zero-energy refurbishments a reality in the UK. This substantive vote of confidence in the Energiesprong initiative, which came to the UK in 2015, is a very significant step forward as it will provide the early market opportunity for industry to start innovating on new net-zero energy products. We will also be strengthening our market development team, which is currently looking at how to achieve the changes that are needed for Energiesprong net-zero energy refurbishments to take place at scale. Energiesprong is on a journey to deliver desirable, warm and affordable homes for life; this initiative is not just another energy scheme but with its high design aspirations, it will transform neighbourhoods and enhance people's quality of life."
More information on the initiative is available on the Energiesprong website.
Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme funded by the European Commission with the ambition to make the North-West Europe area a key economic player and an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion. It invests €370 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in activities based on the cooperation of organisations from eight countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The Interreg funding bid was undertaken by Energiesprong UK on behalf of all the project partners: