NeZeR – A business case for Near Zero Energy Renovation

Logo NeZeRNeZeR, which stands for Near Zero Energy Renovation, is a European collaboration project that seeks to establish guidelines for complete renovation concepts, such as Zero-on-the-meter, and demonstrate that a solid business case can be formulated. Together with a number of European partners, W/E consultants, social housing association Portaal, and the municipalities of Amersfoort and Rotterdam have shared their knowledge about Near Zero Energy Renovation across European borders and have learned from good ideas developed abroad.

Smart solutions for Near Zero Energy Renovation on the European renovation market

NeZeR has promoted Near Zero Energy Building Renovation (NZEBR) in the European renovation market together with all interested parties in the building chain and financial sector. Existing and proven technical solutions were analysed and combined in ready-made renovation concepts. The partners have also developed concrete action plans for implementation of NZEBR in six European cities, including Rotterdam, Amersfoort and Stockholm.

National clusters of stakeholders were formed in order to establish the connection with market parties in each participating country. At networking events, the renovation concepts were shared with product providers, building owners, financial institutions and local governments.

European design competitions for Near Zero Energy  Building Renovations

An important part of  NeZeR were the design competitions organized in the participating countries. In each country design teams, consisting of students from technical universities or building professionals, have prepared renovation concepts for a specific multifamily building type which is relevant within the local context. The focus was placed on multifamily buildings because these offer a significant design challenge. Winning designs were selected by professional juries within 6 national competitions. Video registrations and other material of these events can be found here. Finally national winning teams came together for a joint workshop at European level at the SBE16 conference in Tallin.

W/E Consultants was the initiator and also the WP leader for this successful activity which was evaluated in a positive way by the EU project officer in his final technical assessment: “Generally, the consortium showed great enthusiasm and commitment in implementing this original approach to training for NZEBR”.

Final report and video

The NeZeR project was finalized in March 2017. The final result-oriented report from NeZeR, a video presentation and other results can be downloaded here.

All in all the NEZER project was an interesting project for W/E and for other Dutch partners and it has definitely helped to place Near Zero Energy  Building Renovations higher on the agenda among national stakeholders. Also it stimulated the development of a national roadmap towards a zero carbon built environment, a process which is becoming more and more relevant after the Paris agreement.

Contact: Erik Alsema, alsema@w-e.nl, +31 – 30 – 677 8761

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