Industrial net-zero renovation in Europe: Case studies from the Netherlands, France and UK

Industrial prefabrication is a promising way of reducing construction costs, triggering innovation and digitalisation as well as effectively accelerating deep renovation of the buildings stock. This factsheet presents important success factors of the market introduction based on experience in European countries.

Industrial renovation with prefabricated elements has great potential to achieve accelerated, cost-effective and deep refurbishment of existing buildings, while effectively addressing the shortage of skilled labour in the construction sector. The approach is characterised by the prefabrication of construction modules, innovative processes optimisation and digital planning, as well as implementation and monitoring.

The business model Energiesprong was developed in the Netherlands a few years ago, and has carried out a series of renovation of residential buildings to a net-zero energy consumption level within a short period of time. Though it requires additional concepts and new processes to reach market maturity, it is a promising solution to reach net-zero refurbishments on an industrial scale. Central aspects of the renovation model are the annual net zero energy consumption, a long-term performance guarantee as well as the financing model through the achieved energy savings.

The idea of Energiesprong has quickly spread to other European countries where initial projects have been implemented. This factsheet summarises the experience of the Energiesprong approach in the Netherlands, France and UK and points out the most important success factors for an effective implementation.

The factsheet is available in English and German.

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