TU Delft student team’s participation in the 2014 Solar Decathlon with its Prêt-à-Loger concept this summer is confirmed. During this ‘Olympic Games for sustainable construction’, the team will built a house whick shows how 1.4 million terraced houses in the Netherlands are able to provide their own energy. They are using a new skin that includes solar panels and smart technology to make the house energy-neutral.
In Versailles, the Delft team will reconstruct the original model home located in Honselersdijk (Westland) with all their modifications. Besides the technical improvements, the primary concern is that the residents are able to retain their typical Dutch house they are so attached to, while immediately getting a more spacious and improved living environment. Affordable, social and completely sustainable. The project is called Prêt-à-Loger – ready to be lived in – because the residents are able to remain living there while renovations are carried out.
Making existing housing sustainable is the task of the future. The Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations is participating in the concept through the Energy Leap Innovation Programme and wants to implement it in various neighbourhoods in the Netherlands. The principle of the Energy Leap concept is that total net expenses of residents following modifications must not be higher than before, with the difference being that energy costs will be reduced to zero when the mortgage or rent is higher. Financial feasibility of Prêt-à-Loger is therefore an important area of concern.
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