Business case

Article April 2020


Market potential for Dutch housing associations

One third of the total housing stock in the Netherlands is owned by housing associations. Therefore sessions were set up with future minded housing associations in the Netherlands, the so called ‘Coalition of the willing’. With this group we analysed what needs to be done in order for a housing association to sign up to order an amount of renovation packages from a future renovation factory like the INDU-ZERO factory.

In order to be able to build a factory, the market potential needs to be clear. In the Netherlands alone there are 7 Million houses and 1 Million apartments buildings that need to be renovated. Therefore the Dutch government issued a plan called the climate agreement (‘Klimaatakkoord’) to renovate 200.000 houses a year by 2030.

One of the factors for housing associations to decide whether or not to purchase is the price of the renovation. If a business case can state that it is possible to produce a total package and mount it on site for half the current price, there will be less resistance to get a signature from the board for a big amount of renovation orders a year.

The other part is showcasing. The board of directors as well as employees from housing associations working with renovations need to see what net zero renovations look like. The way to do this is by visiting renovated sites and/or show virtual renovations of houses.

Contribution: Ulla-Britt Krämer, project manager, Provincie Overijssel, the Netherlands

Article June 2019


Support for building a factory in Overijssel

In order to create a valid business case for the INDU-ZERO factory in Overijssel, the demand side (order portfolio) needs to be in place. Dutch housing associations can play a big part to create this portfolio. They can bundle the houses which they are responsible of and that are listed to be renovated in the future.

Therefore a first meeting was scheduled the 24th of May 2019, where the Dutch umbrella organisation Aedes was present, as well as representatives of a few housing associations in the Netherlands, in total 14 persons. During the meeting the INDU-ZERO project was presented and discussed.

Margriet Drijver, the figurehead of the Dutch governmental initiative the ‘Renovatieversneller’ (renovation accelerator) was also present at this meeting. The ‘Renovatieversneller’ has the goal to make sure that all means are in place, in order to make sure that all houses in the Netherlands will be energy neutral by 2050. Margriet Drijver was enthusiastic about the INDU-ZERO project, as it forms one of the solutions needed in order to achieve the national ambitions. How the INDU-ZERO project will be embedded in the ‘Renovatieversneller’ will be determined over the next months.

The next meeting with Aedes, some housing associations (‘the coalition of the willing’) and INDU-ZERO is scheduled in September 2019.

Contribution: Ulla-Britt Krämer, project manager INDU-ZERO, Provincie Overijssel, the Netherlands


Article March 2019


Build a factory in Overijssel

As the INDU-ZERO project focusses on the development of the blueprint, this is not the end goal of the ambition. The goal is to build the INDU-ZERO factory in real in order to produce the 15.000 renovation packages per year. To do that the province of Overijssel supports the building of the factory in their province.

In order to achieve this goal, a small team has been formed with the investment company Oost NL
, the foundation Pioneering and Zero is More (UK), with the province of Overijssel in the lead. Together they will develop a specific business case for the province of Overijssel in order to build the factory for real. Interested parties in the market (i.e. housing associations, the industry and financial institutions) as well as municipalities will be involved. The ideal situation is that the building of the INDU-ZERO factory will start in 2022.

Contribution: Ulla-Britt Krämer, project manager, Provincie Overijssel (the Netherlands)