European collaboration

Renovating existing homes is a worldwide challenge, which is why Energiesprong teams across various countries are collaborating. Together, we strive to expedite scaling efforts and minimize duplication. Our strategy involves tackling shared issues collectively and seeking European subsidies through programs like Interreg, LIFE, and Horizon2020. Here are the ongoing projects we’re actively participating in.

Circular Reno

Limiting carbon intensive raw material use in the construction sector is a key priority all through NWE and should not only be dealt with in new built but also for the growing deep energy retrofit market of homes using place based circular solutions. Circular Reno implements 4 scalable biobased deep energy retrofit packages of a facade and roof system for collective & individual housing using different kinds of bio-based materials: straw, wood, bio polymer, miscanthus. 

The packages will be used in retrofits on 4 sites on in total 88 homes in social housing to scale its use and to facilitate public authorities to improve market conditions. To supply the materials for these retrofit components the project will sets up 6 place based cost-effective value chains involving farmers, prefab industrials for construction, builders, social housing organisations & public authorities in 4 countries: NL (3), IR (1), FR (1), & DE (1). Transnational cooperation is key to build the proper supporting packages to enable production of local biobased raw materials for construction by farmers, manufacturing of bio-based facade & roof panels by prefab industrial. Modelling & decision-making tools will be developed to support the uptake of these emerging solutions by all value chain stakeholders. Farm, factory & renovated house visits, as well as workshop, MOOC & training will be organised to ensure a buy in at scale in BE, DE, FR, IR, & NL. 

Specific efforts will be made to improve building regulation policies at regional, national & EU levels, to assess carbon storage economic valuation to boost project economics & to develop a forecast tool for regional construction material mix supporting policy makers. Our project will be implemented by 4 types of partners from 5 NWE countries (BE, DE, FR, IR, & NL): 4 market development teams, 4 social housing organisation, 4 industrial SME and 4 facilitators with expertise that will reinforce the consortium.

Cosme Reno

Transforming net zero energy renovation through SMEs

The LIFE Cosme Reno project stands at the forefront of increasing energy renovation within the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector. With a keen focus on accelerating the pace and quality of energy renovations, our mission is to bridge the performance gap and introduce efficient, industrialised solutions. Our project is designed to empower SMEs, enabling them to undertake more effective and affordable, high-quality retrofit projects.

Our project is fundamentally motivated by the urgent need to tackle climate change and achieve the European Union’s aggressive targets for energy efficiency. By unlocking substantial employment prospects in the energy and heating industry, we are committed to overcoming the shortage of skilled labor and reshaping the construction industry into a more attractive and enduring sector.

Street HP Reno

Collective energy shift: street-level heat pump solutions

The LIFE Street HP Reno project champions a visionary approach to upgrading residential heating systems through the collective purchasing of heat pumps. This initiative aims to streamline the adoption of eco-friendly heat pumps on a neighbourhood scale, leveraging the collective bargaining power of entire streets. By aligning with local authorities, housing organisations and residents, the project seeks to highlight the benefits of this strategy, fostering a community-driven push towards sustainable heating solutions.

In the wake of global challenges and the pressing demand for an energy transition post-2022, the LIFE Street HP Reno initiative targets three pivotal areas: enhancing European energy independence by decreasing dependency on fossil fuels, stabilizing energy costs to alleviate fuel poverty and bolster businesses struggling with operational difficulties, and advancing decarbonization efforts to meet Europe’s rigorous greenhouse gas reduction targets set by the Fit for 55 Plan.

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