30 November 2021


EnergieSprong is a foundation whose goal is to develop an industrial sector specializing in high-performance, controlled-cost energy renovation. And it plans to achieve that by placing innovation at the core of its projects. That’s why it organized the innovation contest whose results will be revealed at the next BePOSITIVE exhibition.
Sebastien Delpont, associate director of Greenflex—the transformation consultants who are overseeing the French deployment of this initiative—takes time out to tell us about the issues and opportunities.

Would you like to remind us of EnergieSprong’s ambitions and principles?

EnergieSprong came into being in 2012 in the Netherlands. Its ambition is to further the large-scale roll-out of “zero energy” renovations in a financially balanced way that does not rely on subsidies. We therefore have a very precise, results-oriented specification that lays down the renovation rules: a significant decrease in energy requirements and consumption; integration of renewable energy production; shortened work times on occupied sites by using off-site solutions, concern for comfort and architectural quality; and a big reduction in renovation costs. This last point can be achieved by industrializing the process and mobilizing additional revenues and savings: resale of renewable energy production, energy performance contracts, avoidance of future expenditure.
Borrowing from the progress already made in the Netherlands, we launched French development in 2017 and have already delivered 600 renovated homes, with over 2000 more in the pipeline. After each operation, we share our experience to maintain a positive feedback loop of innovation and continual improvement. The leg-up provided by the French government’s “France Relance” economic restart plan, notably the “MassiReno” (massive renovation) project, will help accelerate this roll-out.

What are your levers for bringing an energy renovation industrial excellence sector into existence?

Our vocation is to get construction stakeholders and public & private project initiators to experiment with innovations on the technical, contractual, and procedural fronts. With the guarantee of a good market response, this will pave the way to progressive cost reductions.
We have, for example, recently lent our support to the implementation of a contracting syndicate to pool the purchases of 14 affordable dwelling providers in the Pays de la Loire region, who among them are undertaking the renovation of 2000 homes. Multi-skilled teams can thus industrialize their processes further based on guaranteed volumes.
Alongside that, we offer assistance to construction stakeholders, often through regional clusters or skill hubs, and we help familiarize them with specifications via business clubs, so they are up to speed when it comes to tender operations. All acquired results are input to a watchdog that can be openly consulted on our website.
Last but not least, for the second time this year we are running an innovation contest in the aim of supporting construction stakeholders in the development of new sets of more tightly integrated solutions. These can then be used in renovation operations. 

What are the themes of this innovation contest and how is it organized ?

The first season this year concentrated on the development of off-site (pre-fabrication) solutions for optimizing home renovations, with insulating outer walls and roofs, renewable energy production, and integrated energy production and management modules. 
This year’s second season continues on from the first, albeit with three further categories: one for total renovation of a house, another for solutions to optimize the occupants’ consumption patterns, and a final category for outer walls with integrated insulation for school and college buildings.
Following our appeal for entries, 71 companies came forward, most of them SMBs or pocket-size companies. We shortlisted 21 teams to develop their project. The contest is sponsored by five contracting authorities who provide the entrants with concrete case studies related to buildings they own. Participants can thus demonstrate the adaptability of their solution in the scope of diverse building profiles.   

So it was BePOSITIVE you chose as the ideal professional gathering for announcing the contest results ?

Yes. This is where the energy transition stakeholders meet, people developing solutions for economical buildings. And we wanted to get companies involved and disseminating. The competing solutions will be exhibited to the public at the centre of the exhibition. Today, with the projects in progress, EnergieSprong renovations represent over €300 million of work, which is roughly 1% of the renovation market. The number of French homes that could technically be renovated with our specification and our sponsored solutions is 14 million. There is therefore considerable room for expansion. The road to an industrialized renovation sector passes through BePOSITIVE, the ideal venue for showcasing and propagating the opportunities that are opening up for energy & construction solution manufacturers. 
So make your way to Lyon Eurexpo on 14th–16th December to discover the latest innovations that facilitate mass renovation to a very high standard !


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