Desirable, warm, affordable homes for life.


Project Summary

Mustbe0: Affordable, desirable, long-term performance guaranteed net zero energy (NZE) retrofits for apartment buildings in North West Europe

The UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands alone have 43 million apartments that are not future proof because there is no compelling deep energy retrofit solution for these buildings available yet. This is key for all countries to achieve the EU’s CO2 target. Energiesprong comes with a solution. Within the Mustbe0 project, Energiesprong market development teams in France, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands will kick start a market for affordable, desirable, long-term performance guaranteed net zero energy (NZE) retrofits for apartment buildings in North West Europe.

Comfortable homes that people love to live in

The award winning Energiesprong net zero energy standard and funding approach provides modern and comfortable homes that people love to live in. After a retrofit, a net zero the apartment generates enough energy for its heating, hot water and power appliances. Money that would have been spent on energy bills and maintenance funds the improvement. The aim is that the cost of living doesn’t increase because real-life performance for energy use and indoor comfort is guaranteed for up to 30 years.

After a successful start bringing this Dutch Energiesprong approach to Europe for single family homes (E=0), Mustbe0 is all about developing a market for apartment buildings in North West Europe

Launching the market

In the Mustbe0 project, 9 housing providers in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands have already committed to collaborating on the retrofit of at least 9 demonstrator buildings (415 apartments). This will launch the market.

Solution providers and suppliers will focus on developing and improving retrofit packages (mass customised facades and roofs with fully integrated energy and climate systems). This enables the driving down of costs and installation times to reduce from several months to a few weeks.

Aggregating additional demand, improving regulation, and financing structurally creates more market volume and drives the supply chain to industrially produce cheaper and better retrofits which kick-starts a self-sustaining market.

The result?

Affordable, comfortable, future proof homes that people love to live in. In addition, by the end of the project, retrofits achieve 7.9 GWh/yr of primary energy savings (and 1505 tonnes CO2/yr), and average investment costs drop 15% from today’s ±€1100/m2. The ability of housing organisations to invest increases significantly because of this new business model. 

A growing movement

Mustbe0 builds further on the knowledge and experience gained by Interreg NWE´s E=0 project that was mainly focussed on single family homes. E=0, on the other hand, is based on Energiesprong, an award winning, revolutionary, whole house refurbishment and new build standard and funding approach, which was initiated in the Netherlands. Energiesprong is facilitated by independent Market Development Teams that intervene in the market by creating demand for this standard, increasing and improving supply capabilities, and tuning policy, regulation and finance to make a viable path to scale. By brokering large volume deals, Energiesprong creates the momentum needed for stakeholders to act simultaneously. This creates a viable market to entice suppliers to invest in digital off-site manufacturing. Mass customisation and industrialisation are the key. Energiesprong is currently active in Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, New York State, and the UK.

 

 

 

Events

Partner meeting

19-09-2019 - 20-09-2019, Paris

Partner meeting, more info will follow. Read more

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News

Energiesprong wins European Commission’s award for most innovative project

Posted on 20-06-2019

The EU Sustainable Energy Awards recognise outstanding innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Out of hundreds of projects, the Interreg NWE E=0 and Horizon 2020 Tran... Read more

Renowned think-tank advises European Commission to scale up Energiesprong Europe-wide

Posted on 13-06-2019

German think-tank Agora Energiewende has written an extensive advisory and concrete work plan for the European Commission to help it reach its climate targets. The building industr... Read more

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Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Energiesprong Foundation Ron Van Erck 4 Dulcie Septemberpad
Amsterdam
1093NK
Netherlands
ron@energiesprong.eu www.energiesprong.eu
Name Contact Name Email Country
Greenflex (host Energiesprong market development team France) Sébastien Delpont sdelpont@greenflex.com France
Energiesprong UK Arno Schmickler arno.schmickler@energiesprong.uk United Kingdom
German Energy Agency (host Energiesprong market development team DE) Uwe Bigalke bigalke@dena.de Germany
Vonovia SE Marius Kersting marius.kersting@vonovia.de Germany
Nottingham City Council Wayne Bexton Wayne.Bexton@nottinghamcity.gov.uk United Kingdom
Notre Logis Thomas Damay tdamay@notre-logis.fr France
Vilogia Agnieszka Bogucka Agnieszka.Bogucka@vilogia.fr France
Woonmeij Frans Brouwers brouwers@woonmeij.nl Netherlands
Factory Zero BV Sjoerd Kleinvelderman Sjoerd@factoryzero.nl Netherlands
RC Panels Carlos Klein c.klein@rcpanels.com Netherlands
VBW BUILDING AND LIVING GMBH Sebastian Keppe Sebastian.Keppe@vbw-bochum.de Germany
Housing Association by Vorgebirgspark eG Thomas Meißner meissner@wgav.koeln Germany
Building Cooperative Oberricklingen eG in Hannover Oec Ewald Ernst info@bg-oberricklingen.de Germany
Arsago Emanuel Heisenberg emanuel.heisenberg@ecoworks.tech Germany
VIOS building group BV Aart Verkaik a.verkaik@vios-bouw.nl Netherlands

News


Mustbe0 kicks off in London

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Mustbe0 partners gathered in London to kick off the Mustbe0 project, whose ambition is to make net zero energy home make-overs suitable for multi-storey buildings in North West Europe. The meeting focused on collaboration with international partners, industrialisation of the building sector and challenges for housing associations. Read More

Energiesprong kicks off Interreg NWE´s Mustbe0 project to make net zero energy suitable for multi-storey buildings in North West Europe

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After a successful start bringing the Dutch Energiesprong approach for affordable, desirable, long-term performance guaranteed net zero energy (NZE) retrofits to Europe for single family homes (E=0), the coming three years will see Energiesprong develop a market for apartment buildings in North West Europe under a new project: Mustbe0, funded by Interreg NWE. The UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands will join forces to create a viable path to scale. Read More


Events



Discover Mustbe0 in Germany

To reach climate targets, the building stock in Germany needs to be CO2 neutral by 2050. This poses two key challenges for politics, housing and construction companies: firstly, the number of highly energy-efficient refurbishments must increase significantly. At the same time, homes must remain affordable.

Energiesprong - a revolutionary, whole house refurbishment standard and funding approach initiated in the Netherlands – is a solution for the above challenge and has already proved itself in the Netherlands, France and the UK mainly for single family housing stock. With industrialised processes and new technologies – such as prefabricated facades, insulated rooftops with solar panels, and smart heating installations – residential buildings can be brought to a future-proof zero-energy standard in very little time and at affordable costs.

As with many other European countries, a large number of people in Germany live in apartment buildings. To develop the right solution for this building type, Mustbe0 in Germany, coordinated by the German Energy-Agency (dena), will focus on apartment buildings from the 50’s to the 70’s. This relatively large stock of similar buildings belong to only a few housing associations. This makes it easier to aggregate demand, so the supply side can start to invest in innovative processes and products.

It is foreseen that the solutions developed within the Mustbe0 project can also be transferred to other types of buildings such as larger multi-family houses, single-family homes and non-residential buildings.

Prototypes and scale

In 2019/2020, the first prototypes will start. Nationwide, frontrunners from the housing sectors have identified buildings that will show how the Energiesprong approach works. This will kick start the market. Those frontrunners are:

  • Arsago ACM with a prototype in Hameln
  • Baugenossenschaft Oberricklingen with a prototype in Hannover
  • VBW Bauen und Wohnen with a prototype in Bochum
  • Vonovia with a prototype in Bochum
  • Wohnungsgenossenschaft am Vorgebirgspark with a prototype in Cologne.

These first pilots are critical to starting the market development. They are supported by the EU Interreg NWE Mustbe0 programme and the BMWi.

Sharing knowledge

The prototypes will be closely monitored and communicated to the German market as well as to the other European market development teams. This will help share knowledge and optimise perception among politicians, stakeholders and society. Additionally, this will motivate and enable more companies and stakeholders to join the movement. It will lead up to a larger scale of aggregated demand, preparing a broader market for net zero renovations for apartment buildings in Germany.

Events

Partner meeting

19-09-2019 - 20-09-2019, Paris

Partner meeting, more info will follow. Read more

View more

News

Renowned think-tank advises European Commission to scale up Energiesprong Europe-wide

Posted on 13-06-2019

German think-tank Agora Energiewende has written an extensive advisory and concrete work plan for the European Commission to help it reach its climate targets. The building industr... Read more

Energiesprong wins European Commission’s award for most innovative project

Posted on 20-06-2019

The EU Sustainable Energy Awards recognise outstanding innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Out of hundreds of projects, the Interreg NWE E=0 and Horizon 2020 Tran... Read more

View more

Discover Mustbe0 in The Netherlands

In the Netherlands 5.000 single family homes have been retrofitted to net zero energy levels. The development of net zero energy products for multi-family buildings is progressing slower. Therefore, under this project two component suppliers, a total solution integrator and a housing organisation will collaborate in the Netherlands and with international partners to ensure better, cheaper solutions that are also quick to install for apartment buildings.  

Better products

The focus of suppliers Factory Zero, RC Panels and solution provider VIOS is to reduce the cost and improve quality and desirability of technologies used in net zero energy retrofits. New components such as solar systems, smart facades for apartment buildings and a prototype energy module will be further developed. All of it produced off-site and to be quickly assembled on site. 

To inspire others and to make sure knowledges is shared and used in the other North West European markets, these partners regularly open their doors to other component suppliers and solution integrators aiming to enter the net zero energy market. Because these mission driven companies have a head start compared to other suppliers and builders, they will also actively share their knowledge through a coaching-trajectory within the design competitions that will be launched in Germany, UK  and France. The philosophy here is that if more enterprises are connected, the faster the market will develop.

Demonstrator project

To hit specific quality and cost targets for multi-storey net zero retrofits in the Netherlands, Dutch partner housing association Woonmeij will work on a multi-storey demonstrator project. First Woonmeij will retrofit 18 apartments in a 2,5-storey building to net zero energy levels. The solution for these units will be replicable to a big part of their stock and other buildings that are similar. Taking into account the lessons of this first project Woonmeij will take on another 30 apartments in a three-storey typical Dutch building. The solution for this building will form a good example for other mid-rise building in the Netherlands and is therefore also highly replicable.

 

Events

Partner meeting

19-09-2019 - 20-09-2019, Paris

Partner meeting, more info will follow. Read more

View more

News

Energiesprong wins European Commission’s award for most innovative project

Posted on 20-06-2019

The EU Sustainable Energy Awards recognise outstanding innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Out of hundreds of projects, the Interreg NWE E=0 and Horizon 2020 Tran... Read more

Renowned think-tank advises European Commission to scale up Energiesprong Europe-wide

Posted on 13-06-2019

German think-tank Agora Energiewende has written an extensive advisory and concrete work plan for the European Commission to help it reach its climate targets. The building industr... Read more

View more

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