About the process


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The problem

The North Sea Region (NSR) contains 22 million houses built in 1950-1985 that are causing 79 Mton CO2 of emissions annually. Current home renovations are being carried out on a limited-scale and many are not to nZEB standard, with three consequences:

1. The pace of renovations is too low.

2. Renovation costs are too high.

3. Properties not renovated to nZEB standard will continue emitting CO2, and reduce the time frame for a large uptake of deep retrofits.

So, the targets of the Paris Agreement, the Long Term Strategy of the EU and the ambitions of the Green Deal will not be attained if we continue with current means.

The solution with INDU-ZERO

Mass uptake of home renovations towards energy-neutral in the NSR is needed to meet EU energy and climate targets. The building sector in Europe is not creating the necessary production facilities. INDU-ZERO’s solution is a factory Blueprint, based on Smart Industry and Circular Economy, with the capacity to manufacture renovation packages suitable for all NSR countries, at a high volume (15.000 renovation packages/factory/year) and at a lower cost (50% of current price).

This Blueprint, together with INDU-ZERO’s project adoption activities, will lead investors, building materials groups, housing owner associations, municipalities, governments and public authorities to bring about initiatives that will result in the needed factory developments. These factories, and the cost reduction in renovation packages, will lead to a mass market uptake of home renovation packages towards energy-neutral and will ultimately reduce the environmental footprint of the NSR countries to meet EU energy and climate targets.

The consortium consists of industry, government and knowledge institutes. This transnational collaboration is needed to combine all necessary knowledge/experience and to guarantee adoption of the project results.