Energiesprong is a Dutch initiative, literally translated it means: ‘Energy Leap’.
An Energiesprong retrofit aims at making homes net-zero energy. Net-zero energy means the house generates the total amount of energy required for its heating, hot water and electrical appliances over a year. It also provides superior indoor comfort. This can be achieved by using new technologies such as prefabricated facades, insulated rooftops with solar panels, smart heating, and ventilation and cooling installations. A refurbishment comes with a long-year performance warranty on both the indoor climate and the energy performance for up to 30 years. A complete home makeover can be completed in less than 10 days, and some have been done in as little as a day!
Energiesprong was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Interior Kingdom Relations and run from 2010 till 2016 under the experiments program of Platform31. Energiesprong resulted from this as the most successful innovative approach for net-zero energy retrofits. Since 2017 the Energiesprong approach has spread over Europe.
Because volume is the key to a viable path to scale, Housing Organisations are the first organisations of interest. The bigger the volume, the more costs can go down and the more interesting the Energiesprong approach will get.
The aim is that the money that you’d normally spend on your energy bills, combined with reduced repairs and maintenance costs, pays for the renovation. You get a make-over for your house without any additional costs. This means rents will not change, only differently accrued. In other words: the monthly energy bill and maintenance costs get invested in the retrofit. Same rent, better home.
In Europe, over 5000 homes have been retrofitted to net-zero energy. As we speak, over 20.000 homes are in the pipeline.