MorgenWonen is the VolkerWessels concept involving the industrial production of homes. Since its introduction in 2014 MorgenWonen has been producing and assembling homes that are not connected to the gas grid. A heat pump is used as an alternative to a gas-fired boiler to provide central heating and hot water for the homes, while solar panels generate the energy needed to meet normal domestic needs. All the homes are zero-energy bill or energy-neutral homes.
A large proportion of the MorgenWonen homes serve as mid-market rental properties, thus meeting a major public housing requirement. In addition MorgenWonen has developed a home for social rental with zero-energy bills as a matter of course. By using this type of home corporations are able to charge their tenants an energy performance contribution (EPV), which makes a sound business case for them. MorgenWonen homes are also used as owner-occupier homes: zero-energy bill and fully finished so they are ready to move into on delivery.
As at mid-2018 VolkerWessels has realised 1,000 MorgenWonen homes. Compared to an average home built in the 1990s these 1,000 homes represent total energy savings of 396 million kilos of CO2, assuming an average lifespan of 75 years. To compare: this is equivalent to driving more than 2.2 billion kilometres in a petrol car. It would have taken 1,320 hectares of Dutch woodland – almost half the area of Schiphol – to meet this requirement.
One MorgenWonen home saves 5,000 kWh per annum. Since the delivery of the first MorgenWonen in 2014 electricity savings of over 4,500,000 kWh have been achieved. Going forward the 1,000 homes will collectively save 5,000,000 kWh per annum. This is possible because the homes are all-electric: they are not connected to the gas grid. A total of 23,000 solar panels have been installed on their roofs enabling each home to meet its own energy needs.
What makes the homes really special is that they are easy to disassemble and can even be reassembled in a new location. MorgenWonen homes are the first homes to be included in the Madaster Material Passport: from foundation to top. Essentially we now have a stock of materials for 1,000 homes which will be freed up again at some point in the future. The homes realised to date contain a total of around 189,000 tonnes of registered building materials – a weight equivalent to 330 loaded Airbus A380 passenger planes. Isn’t it great to think that we know exactly whether and how we can reuse all these materials well into the distant future?