Press release

Published: 17 March 2023Last change: 000 March 12503557

The Municipality of The Hague supports owner-occupiers and landlords in the private and social sector in accelerating the sustainability and refurbishment of their property. “The task is large and complex, both in terms of the number of homes and buildings and the required approach,” says Alderman Arjen Kapteijns (Sustainability, Energy Transition and Climate Adaptation). The municipality’s goal is to increase the pace of renovation and insulation to 000.000 homes per year of which 3.000 housing corporation homes and 7. homes of private landlords and owner-occupiers.

I want that everyone in The Hague can live comfortably in a healthy, safe and energy-efficient home. That is not yet the case everywhere in the city. With this EFG approach, the Board not only wants to combat energy poverty, but also reduce CO2 emissions and tackle overdue maintenance. Anyone who needs it should be able to get help. This is a development that we as a council have to work hard on together with the city, says alderman Kapteijns. To adjust the gear of 000.000 homes per year, the council focuses on the places where this most needed. These are neighborhoods with mostly privately owned homes for middle and low incomes.

By helping and advising everyone who wants to get started with insulation and sustainability, the realization of the EFG approach is made possible, according to the alderman . Homeowners in, among others, Mariahoeve, parts of Zuidwest and Centrum-Schilderswijk, the green districts from the transition vision for heating, are specifically assisted with insulating and connecting to sustainable heating . 400 addresses in Mariahoeve participate in the intensive approach aimed at the VvEs in Mariahoeve to isolate them so that they can be connected on heating networks in which the Board wants to make major steps for 2030.

Finally, residents of The Hague are helped who live in areas where there is an above-average amount of maintenance arrears and where there are many EGF-labeled homes. Neighborhoods where energy poverty also plays a role and where people find it difficult to take the necessary steps independently. These include districts such as Laak, Transvaal, Rustenburg-Oostbroek.

Building on successes: expanding and sharpening commitment The Hague does not start at zero. The commitment and presence in the city has expanded considerably in recent years. In addition to municipal subsidies and loans, residents can also contact the Hou van je Huis information points, the VvE desk and the rental desk. In addition, the municipality offers energy scans, energy coaches and guidance for VvEs and private landlords. In addition to these existing basic services, there are also existing targeted approaches such as the deployment of the insulation brigade for minimum wage earners who live in an EFG-label home that does not belong to a corporation. In addition, there are also street approaches such as area-oriented work in Laak and the VvE approach in Mariahoeve. Here, the Municipal Executive wants to further strengthen and expand, in particular to neighborhoods where there is above average energy poverty and poorly insulated homes.

A lot of effort and intensive guidance The entering into a good conversation and then also taking action requires a lot of effort, such as, for example. In doing so, the municipality joins existing initiatives in the neighborhood of, for example, welfare workers and work in community centers. In this way, the municipality is in line with the needs of residents and the dynamics in the neighbourhoods. Interpreters are used to help in the home and to initiate conversations between tenants and landlords.

We expect that money will be released from the government in the coming years to make The Hague more sustainable. In this way, The Hague wants to take steps towards a sustainable future together with its residents and corporations, says alderman Kapteijns. More information EFG- approach: yearly 000.000 renovate and insulate homes, with priority for EGF-label homes ( RIS2030)


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