The Dutch cabinet has announced that from 2026, hybrid heat pumps (hybride warmtepomp) will be the standard for heating homes. This means that from this year onwards, people will have to switch to more sustainable alternatives when replacing their central heating system (cv-ketel). In addition to a hybrid heat pump, it can also be an all-electric heat pump, or be connected to a public heating network.
By setting the year of implementation, Cabinet hopes to provide clear information to suppliers, installers, building owners and families. “The requirement to achieve sustainable development is very urgent and the pace must be accelerated,” said Dutch Housing Minister de Jonge. However, he added that “there are exceptions for unsuitable homes”.
Climate and Energy Minister Jeten said not only did heat pumps save gas, they were also good for energy bills and the climate. Over the next few years, he hopes to work with manufacturers and installers to train more technicians and expand production of heat pumps in the Netherlands.
In the ruling coalition’s agreement, the discussion of heat pumps leaves no room for doubt, saying they provide a good residential heating solution for most households and that the use of heat pumps should eventually become the norm. Now that willingness has become more specific, with specific years of implementation and government-related measures.
The Dutch government subsidizes the purchase of heat pumps, and will allocate 150 million euros for this up to and including 2030.
1 Dutch Homeowners Association
The Dutch homeowners’ association VEH (Vereniging Eigen Huis) believes the plan to make hybrid heat pumps a sustainable alternative from 2026 is ambitious, but does see some shortcomings.
2 industry organization
Industry body Techniek Nederland hopes to have enough manpower to install heat pumps in the next few years, and now the wait time for applications to install a heat pump has been more than a year.
3 federation of housing associations
Aedes, a syndicate of housing associations, spoke of a welcome development, seeing hybrid heat pumps as “an excellent intermediate step on the road to sustainable development”.
二、Questions about Feasibility
For the government-specified year of 2026 to achieve the target, the homeowners’ association VEH sees it as crucial, with the spokesperson expressing appreciation for the use of heat pumps, cautioning: “This will be a test of whether these ambitions can be achieved, if properly installed. , the gas used will be greatly reduced.”
The Homeowners Association says that in order to be viable, three basic conditions must be met:
1) It must be affordable by the public;
2) There must be enough equipment and manpower to install the equipment;
3) Homeowners must be able to get proper advice before deciding which heat pump to install.
The Dutch Heat Pump Association says there are five different types of heat pumps, all extracting heat from water, air or a combination of the two, and hybrid heat pumps also use some natural gas during colder months.
The latter type of heat pump in particular is a suitable choice for most homes, as it can be installed next to an existing or new central heating boiler and is relatively easy to install.
The homeowners’ association says the cost of installing a hybrid heat pump system is between €4,500 and €6,000, including installation, not including the central heating boiler. “This is much more expensive than just replacing a new central heating boiler for around 1,200 euros,” a spokesman said.
Currently, not all homes in the Netherlands are suitable for heat pumps. A Homeowners Association spokesman said: “Houses must be insulated. When a hybrid heat pump is installed, space, floor and roof insulation, and at least double glazing are required. So it also adds to the cost of building a suitable home.”
In most cases, houses built after 1995 in the Netherlands have no problem installing a hybrid heat pump system.
三、 government subsidy
Until 2030, property owners will receive government subsidies to switch to sustainable solutions, and it is unknown if the regulations will be revised later. “After that, owners must be financially able to make the switch. Even if people are able to use the subsidy, they will have to pay part of the cost themselves,” a Homeowners Association spokesman said.
According to technology industry group Techniek Nederland, one-third of the total cost of installing a heat pump is reimbursed. Exact numbers are hard to pin down, according to the group. Among other factors, it depends on the size of the pump, which depends on how well insulated the house is. A spokesman estimates that of the roughly 8 million households in the Netherlands, 2 million are suitable for hybrid heat pump systems.
Housing association Aedes said it had been working on making buildings more sustainable for some time, but a spokesman said: “Building a network for heating takes a lot of time, which is why using a hybrid heat pump is less of a problem. A great solution for gas. New solutions can be pursued while using heat in this way.”
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Post time: Jul-04-2022