Older buildings in need of energy renovation are a major challenge in the North Sea Region. INDU-ZERO provides a streamlined solution to accelerate renovations and meet the European climate goals on time.
In the North Sea Region alone, 22 million houses built in 1950-1985 are causing 79 Mtonnes CO2 emissions per year. Mass uptake of home renovations towards energy-neutral in the region is therefore needed to meet EU energy and climate targets.
INDU-ZERO factories can be a key part to reach the 2050 climate targets.
The Interreg North Sea Region project INDU-ZERO aims to design a blueprint for a factory which can produce energy renovation packages at half the current cost and can boost the capacity to 15,000 packages per factory per year. These innovative factories can be built in the participating countries right after the project delivers its main results (expected in 2021). The INDU-ZERO factories can be a key part of the solutions mix that makes it possible to reach the 2050 climate targets.
Current renovation solutions like Zero on the Meter and other initiatives are far too expensive and lack the capacity to improve all homes in time. This makes the sustainability transition almost impossible within the agreed timeframe. Yet housing associations have to provide a sufficient number of affordable, good and CO2-neutral homes for their tenants by 2050.
These are the challenges they are facing:
1. With the current approach, tenants will not be able to afford their energy costs.
Due to increasing energy costs, many tenants will eventually become unable to pay their rent.
2. The current approach requires huge investments.
In urban areas, there is already a shortage of social housing. At the same time, existing homes and buildings have to be made more energy-efficient. The total investment needed is huge.
3. The current project focus prevents major sustainability transition.
Because of the continuous stacking of measures, the necessary big steps are not being made.
4. Current and future labour shortages limit renovation. The construction industry is struggling with a serious shortage of labour that is expected to increase during the years to come. We have to identify new ways of getting the work done.
5. The current project focus will not lead to the necessary mass production.
The project-based approach of housing associations is too expensive and too small-scale. Housing associations will need to move away from their current role as developers and become long-term investors in cooperation with other housing associations. This will reduce transaction costs substantially and enable partners to learn from each other with a positive impact on price, satisfaction and efficiency.
The INDU-ZERO solution provides solutions for these challenges and can play an important role in realizing the climate goals in North West Europe.
INDU-ZERO is a collaboration between partners in 6 countries: The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Norway. The partnership includes local authorities, educational institutions and industry organisations.
For more information: https://northsearegion.eu/indu-zero