Article June 2019


In the Interreg North Sea Region (NSR) fifteen partners cooperate in the project INDU-ZERO. The objective of INDU-ZERO is to ensure that houses in the NSR countries will meet the targets of the Climate Agreement of Paris by making them sustainable and energy self-sufficient. The NSR contains of 22 million houses built between 1950-1985 (fitting within the scope of this project) causing 79 Mton CO2 emissions annually.

Current deep retrofit home renovations are carried out on a limited-production scale and are only applied in small projects which makes them costly investments. This hampers the rate of sustainable renovation. The building sector in Europe is not creating the necessary production facilities that can produce huge amounts of renovation packages.

INDU-ZERO is developing a blueprint for a production facility, based on Smart Industry and Circular Economy, that can produce NSR wide suitable renovation packages at a high volume (15.000 units/year) at low cost (50% of current price). As a result: INDU-ZERO can enhance the future renovation rate in Europe significantly, leading to CO2-reduction.

The project is explained in an animation.

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

Article March 2019


Making a difference in renovation sector
In April 2017 the province of Overijssel was asked by Pioneering, Saxion and an SME company (BJW) to help set up a project that can make a difference in the renovation sector, in order to achieve the European climate targets. The province of Overijssel decided to take up the project as a project leader.

As a governmental organisation the province of Overijssel has different climate targets which are directly linked to country specific targets and targets from the European Union. INDU-ZERO gives the opportunity to achieve some of these targets and the province therefore decided to get involved in this hands on project which can make a difference.

The aim of the project is to develop a blueprint for a factory that is going to produce standard renovation packages at an industrial scale (at least 15,000 per year). The packages will contain various components that are necessary to make homes sustainable, such as insulation material for walls and roofs, heat pumps, solar panels, energy converters and ventilation systems. The components will be put together in a way that is both circular and bio-based. The goal is to be able to offer the total package of measures for half the current price.

The project is explained in an animation

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