Zero energy retrofits at zero cost
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Andrea Blackmore
Zero energy retrofits at zero cost

The Netherlands has found a way to refurbish existing buildings to net zero energy, within a week, with a 30-year builders’ guarantee and no subsidies. With new kitchen and bathroom!

Their revolutionary renovation programme Energiesprong (literally: Energy Jump) works by getting tenants, instead of paying their energy bills, to pay a similar amount to the housing corporations that own the houses. With this money, the corporations pay building companies to retrofit the houses, which after renovation have net zero energy costs. All elements that are needed for a successful move to zero-energy housing are brought together  in one plan.

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