Interreg North Sea Region | INDU-ZERO

Blueprint for Large-Scale industrialized residential renovationin de North Sea region.

Recreate Solutions is a partner in INDU-ZERO; a consortium of companies, governments and knowledge institutions, which are supported by the Interreg North Sea Region and the EU. The goal is the archievement of sustainable and energy self-sufficient houses in NSR countries that will meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.

The problem

The North Sea Region (NSR) contains 22 million houses built in 1950-1985 that are causing 79 Mton CO2 of emissions annually. Current home renovations are being carried out on a limited-scale and many are not to nZEB standard, with three consequences:

  1. The pace of renovations is too low.

  2. Renovation costs are too high.

  3. Properties not renovated to nZEB standard will continue emitting CO2, and reduce the time frame for a large uptake of deep retrofits.

The targets of the Paris Agreement, the Long Term Strategy of the EU and the ambitions of the Green Deal will not be attained if we continue with current means.

The solution with INDU-ZERO

Mass uptake of home renovations towards energy-neutral in the NSR is needed to meet EU energy and climate targets. The building sector in Europe is not creating the necessary production facilities. INDU-ZERO’s solution is to design a factory blueprint, based on Smart Industry and Circular Economy, with capacity to manufacture renovation packages suitable for all NSR countries, at a high volume (15.000 renovation packages/factory/year) and at 50% lower cost.

This blueprint, together with INDU-ZERO’s project adoption activities, will lead investors, building materials groups, housing owner associations, municipalities, governments and public authorities to bring about initiatives that will result in the needed factory developments. These factories, and the 50% cost reduction in renovation packages, will lead to a mass market uptake of home renovation packages towards energy-neutral and will ultimately reduce the environmental footprint of the NSR countries to meet EU energy and climate targets.

The project focuses on:

  1. Redesigning and adapting existing renovation technology for next-generation Industry 4.0 manufacturing.

  2. Upscaling of renovation manufacturing such that the pace goes up and the costs go down.

  3. Developing a blueprint for Smart Renovation to manufacture the renovation packages. The blueprint will be available to all factory developers. The renovation packages will consist of an external insulated envelope, heat-recovery ventilation, renewable energy generation, and all will be recyclable (circular). The Smart Renovation Factory will have production capacity 15,000 house renovation packages per annum, and will achieve 50% reduction of renovation costs compared to current methods.

Role of Recreate Solutions

Recreate Solutions is visualizing the different designs of the factory blueprint in Virtual Reality. This allows you to walk through the factory before it is being build. This gives the developers of the blueprint a better understanding of their own work, allows for the nontechnical people involved to understand the design and experience it in full-scale. During discussions, this model can then be used as a single representation of the design. It will also be possible to experience the renovated houses in Virtual and Augmented Reality before the renovation starts. Allowing housing associations and residents to experience the renovated house and fully understand what will be renovated. Lastly, instructions for maintenance on machinery and installation on site will be developed in Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality in a form of Step By Step Instructions. This can be considered as the new and improved pdf-manual.

Interested and want to learn more about the project? Visit the INDU-ZERO website here.