What is Transition Zero?


Transition Zero is an EU Horizon 2020-funded project, carried out by Energiesprong, to establish the right market conditions for the wide-scale introduction of net zero energy homes across Europe. This will build on the success of Energiesprong in the Netherlands and advance its implementation even further. Transition Zero will kick-start net-zero energy refurbishment markets in the UK and France, using the social housing sector as a catalyst.
 This will be achieved by:

  • Organising volume demand for net zero energy refurbishments.
  • Introduce performance-based solution requirements on integrated refurbishment packages.
  • Establishing long-term, warranted energy performance contracts.
  • Improving the regulatory and financing conditions for net-zero energy refurbishments.

Transition Zero Market Development Teams have been established (in UK and FR) so that solutions can be developed. Initially, this will take place within the current financial, planning and regulatory environments as far as possible. At the same time, opportunities are being identified where a smarter combination of policy, funding and regulation could pave the way for a mass implementation of net- zero energy refurbishments. 

What is Energiesprong

The aim of Energiesprong is to bring about desirable, viable net-zero energy refurbishment solutions to the mass market by 2020. Energiesprong transforms neighbourhoods and enhances people’s quality of life.


Originated in the Netherlands, Energiesprong is taking a market transformation approach, which delivers fully integrated refurbishment packages with long-term guarantees that make the solution commercially financeable and scalable. The retrofit is non-intrusive and can usually be completed within one week, and without the resident needing to move out. The result is a warm, comfortable and affordable home that is modern and attractive with a long-term quality guarantee.


Amongst other projects, Energiesprong carries out the Transition Zero project which is funded by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 programme.


For more information: www.energiesprong.eu 

What is H2020?

The Energiesprong team led the multi-national ‘Transition Zero’ bid for funds from Horizon 2020, the largest research and innovation programme of the European Commission. The bid was to scale up the success of Energiesprong internationally. In its assessment report, the Commission credited the Energiesprong bid for its radical aim to introduce a similar approach into the UK and France, while developing the Dutch implementation even further.


The grant is for up to €3.6 million over the three years 2016 to 2019. It will be used to kick-start net-zero refurbishment markets in the UK and France, using the social housing sector as a catalyst, and to greatly expand private sector refurbishments in the Netherlands.


Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.


For more information: www.ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/