The Government Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands writes it, and so it is true: from 2 September subsidies will again be provided for insulating home renovations. Anyone who wants to purchase double glazing, have their cavity walls closed or purge a crawl space must now strike.
First the amounts: every homeowner can receive a maximum of 25,000 euros in subsidy. For VVEs, associations of owners, this concerns subsidies for several houses and therefore larger amounts.
One of the requirements for obtaining the subsidy is that at least two insulation measures are taken at one house. That way, the momentum is kept going. There is a total of 90 million euros available for owner-occupiers in 2019 and a subsidy budget of 84 million euros and 6 million euros for implementation in 2020.
Less energy consumption, less costs
The SEEH (Subsidy for energy savings from home ownership) started in September 2016, but the ceiling for private homeowners had already been reached in April 2017. The arrangement was stopped. This scheme is therefore open again for this target group from 2 September 2019, and work carried out from 15 August 2019 can be subsidized.
With good insulation you need much less energy, so that saves on energy costs. It is an important step towards a sustainable built environment, writes Minister Kajsa Ollongren.
Environment Central calculated how much you save with good insulation: a single-family home without insulation loses heat through the windows, façade, roof and floor and uses 3,300 m3 of gas per year for heating. A comparable well-insulated house requires 600 m3 of gas for heating, and that is 1,900 euros per year.
Insulation therefore pays, and the government's budget is available up to and including December 2020. Out of use, but before the ceiling comes in, consumers will be informed, says the RVO, which pays the subsidies.
Which measures are involved?
- cavity wall insulation: insulating existing cavity walls
- roof insulation: insulating the existing roof, or the existing attic or loft floor (if the attic is unheated)
- floor insulation and / or soil insulation: the insulation of the existing floor and / or the existing soil
- façade insulation: insulating the existing interior and exterior façade with insulating material
- high-efficiency glass: replacing glass with HR ++ glass or triple glass
The initiators of Greenhome.nl know what these measures cost a private homeowner. This platform was created by the Dutch government and works together with 300 partners, including construction and installation companies, municipalities and Rabobank.
If we assume a standard Dutch townhouse, says spokesperson Reinier Schneider, a reasonable estimate can be made of the costs, including man-hours and material.
The insulation of the floor costs around 2,000 euros, says Schneider. The crawl space is insulated for floor insulation. For this job, two experts go into the crawl space and isolate the empty space with insulating pearls, mineral wool or insulating foil. Houses without crawl space, which are mainly built in the sandy parts of the country, often have no crawl space. In that case, the floor must be removed and insulated underneath. That makes the job less complex and less expensive.
Replacement of single glass
Replacing glass costs a homeowner around 3,000 euros, if the frames are good. If they also have to be replaced, the costs are around ten thousand euros.
The prices for roof insulation differ, Schneider says: insulating the inside of the roof costs around 5,000, the outside is a different kind of job and costs a few thousand euros more.
Cavity wall insulation
A standard insulation of cavity walls and facades costs around 1,000 euros. If that insulation is carried out very well, the costs are higher. For this job, the performer must be carefully searched, says Schneider, because this is a job that requires specialist knowledge and equipment.
When choosing a performer, it is important that you pay attention to quality marks, says Schneider. "Make sure that the construction company has the SKG-IKOB and Insula Certification. View the trade registers and check the websites we-isoleren.nl and greenhome.nl. There are certified construction companies registered where you can request quotes."