What: Prêt-à-Loger
Who: TU Delft
Where: Delft
Since: 2014
Source: Prêt-à-Loger


Home with a skin

TU Delft students present Prêt-à-Loger: the energy-neutral Dutch row houses. Prêt-à-Loger proudly presents a solution for 1.4 million energy consuming Dutch row houses from around 1960. By putting a second Skin over the house, it becomes energy neutral and more space is added, while the quality of a home remains untouched.

The concept is called Prêt-à-Loger (ready to inhabit), home with a skin, because the residents can continue to live in their house while the skin is applied. With this concept the students respect the Dutch culture and building traditions and at the same time represent the innovative spirit of the Netherlands. The residents maintain their typical Dutch house with this concept and get right away a broader and better living environment. Affordable, socially and totally sustainable.

Solar Decathlon

On Thursday, May 15th 2014 the team of students from TU Delft presented the energy-neutral Dutch row house which they have participated with in the summer of 2014 in the Solar Decathlon, the world championship for sustainable building, in Paris. The student team has recreated the original parental row house, of one of the students. With an extra skin, a structure with solar panels and smart technology, they have made the home energy-neutral and at the same time created additional living space. Herewith the students show how only in the Netherlands 1,4 million row houses can provide themselves of energy.