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News feature | 01-06-2022 | 15:30

With Minister De Jong’s new plans for housing and physical planning, a sustainable home should be within the reach of all. To achieve this, various measures are taken. This includes tackling all poorly insulated homes and buildings by 2030. The Cabinet is paying particular attention to people with a small wallet. New financing options also enable them to insulate their homes at an affordable price.

Minister De Jonge: ‘The ambition is to make sustainable housing possible for everyone. It is good for the climate, prevents high energy bills and makes us less dependent on natural gas. We do this by helping people start isolating their homes and by removing financial barriers. After all, a sustainable home must be affordable for everyone. We want to prevent people from incurring unnecessarily high costs. ‘

Saves energy and makes the heat supply more sustainable

To reduce energy needs, the Cabinet has launched the national insulation program. The goal is to insulate 2.5 million homes by 2030. In addition, the goal is to install 1 million hybrid heat pumps in existing buildings by 2030. There will also be an obligation to mix green gas.

Affordable for everyone

These plans require significant investment from governments, institutions, companies and individuals. Everyone should be able to participate in this. Also people with a small wallet and small businesses and institutions. Therefore, the cabinet improves the conditions for participating through attractive energy-saving loans and mortgages via the heating fund. These are also for people who can not borrow or can only borrow to a limited extent, so they still get money to make their home more sustainable without paying too much or being left with a residual debt. People with lower incomes can borrow at an interest rate of 0%. In addition, the subsidies have been increased, and it will be possible to receive a subsidy for one isolation measure.

New standards to make the built environment more sustainable

There will be standards to make rental housing, supply buildings and heating installations more sustainable. It gives building owners clarity on what steps to take and when, and they can incorporate this into their considerations when investing in housing or taking out loans or mortgages. For example, the cabinet wants to phase out poorly insulated homes, poor energy performance in commercial buildings and the monocentric heating boiler.

To ensure legally that all poorly insulated rental housing is improved, from 1 January 2030, legal requirements will be set for the rental of housing association housing and private rental housing. Commercial buildings with poor energy labels (E, F and G) are also intervened. From 2026, the hybrid heat pump will be the new standard. This means that when the central heating installations are replaced, people must switch to an installation that uses less or no natural gas, if the home is suitable for this.

Increase the municipalities’ and the market’s implementation capacity

The Cabinet will compensate municipalities and provinces for their implementation costs. There will be a national program in support of the local heat conversion and a clear legal framework. In addition to the new heating law, work is being done on the law on municipal instruments for heat conversion.

Finally, the cabinet wants more innovative and sustainable construction and renovation. By helping construction reduce costs, increase productivity and thus make sustainability more efficient. To make this possible, the Cabinet calls for innovative construction methods and techniques and better cooperation within the sector. In addition, the construction must also work more nature-inclusive, emission-free and circular.

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