April 3, 2018
Ilse Wolf Fotografie
Assembled for the 78th Congress of the Social Union for Housing, 36 organisations signed the Energiesprong commitment charter in France. Their pledge aims to drive the large-scale deployment of net zero energy retrofits in social housing. This collaboration aims to introduce net zero energy retrofits that are affordable, thus accelerating the implementation of the French Climate Plan (especially the component aimed at eradicating energy poverty in 10 years).
9 social housing providers, 20 solution providers and 7 facilitating organisations signed the commitment charter developed under the Transition Zero project. These 36 organisations will support each other in both generating the market conditions to enable net zero energy retrofits and realising an initial 3.600 net zero energy homes. Their commitments include:
Initiated in the Netherlands, the Energiesprong approach is driven by a vision to develop an efficient, desirable and economically viable energy retrofits that protect tenants from fluctuations in energy prices and provides quality housing.The Energiesprong approach creates houses that generate sufficient annual energy to heat the house, provide hot water and power all household appliances. A refurbishment comes with a 30-year performance warranty on both the indoor climate and the energy performance. Money normally spent on energy bills and maintenance work pays for the upgrade. This way, residents get a refreshed, warm and comfortable home at the same (or lower) cost of living.
Under the name Transition Zero, Energiesprong executes an EU Horizon 2020-funded project to set the right market conditions in the UK, France and Netherlands for the wide-scale introduction of Net Zero Energy homes in the social housing sector.