For rent

From December 1st: my sustainable and energy efficient house with 4 rooms and spacious basement. I’m going to live temporarily near my 3 grandchildren in the west of the country and I might want to be able to come back. Rent is possible for a number of years, maybe 10 or 15. I hope that together we can find a solution to the situation that I want to come back or sell the house.

Rent: €1600 per month, excl. electricity, water, internet etc.

Year built: 1958; renovation: 2014-2016
Land area: 162 m²
Living area: 110 m²
Contents: 360 m³
Backyard: facing north; 7 m. deep and 6.5 m. wide
Front garden: facing south 8 m deep and 6.5 m wide
Fibre optic connection

Target group: people who love energy efficient and healthy living, in a natural environment.
No smokers, no pets.

What can you expect?

A very well insuated house
Almost all windows have 3 double glazing. The walls have 20 cm wall insulation made of wood fibreboard, of which 14 cm outside and 6 cm inside; Floor insulation inside: the living room floor has 2 types (tone-sun foil and Styrofoam balls); the basement is very well insulated; Roof insulation: 14 to 20 cm PIR foam; the roof is also covered with sedum Solar energy generation: 10 solar panels are installed. The first 60 cm of the ground are also insulated, so that the insulation lies like a tea cosy over the house and even goes down to the ground. The heat is stored in the insulation during the day and released in the evening. The only disadvantage is that it can get extra warm in the summer. By closing the shutters on the south side from 10 to 11 a.m. and airing them in the evening and at night (windows are fitted with mosquito nets) you keep the house reasonably cool. Max 28 degrees. In winter, when the sun does not heat the living room (the house is facing south), it can feel fresh. The house loses its warmth at night because of the windows. Even though they are 3-layer, they insulate less well than the walls. Curtains help a lot, and in the living room I also have duette pleated curtains. Theyalso help to keep the heat inside. It also helps a lot if you dress warmly. Insulate your body! With all these measures I think it’s a lovely house to live in.
Heating with 6 infrared panels as main heating -> a clean, fresh indoor air in winter and pictures
(more about infrared heating, advantages and disadvantages according to ThermIQ). There are no radiators, no central heating boiler, not even a gas connection: your body is heated by infrared panels on the ceiling.

The thermostat in the downstairs corridor controls the switching on or off of the two infrared panels (each 550 W) iin the downstairs corridor and the second flooer. I set the thermostat at 16.0 °C as the desired temperature for the day and 14 °C for the night. When the temperature falls below the desired temperature, the panels switch on.
I do like to have some cool areas in the house, especially while I am there. But you can easily set the thermostat differently. (You will need the instructions for this.)

The smallest room upstairs has an IR panel (270 W) of Irecoheat on the wall and a thermostat is connected to it: Choose your temperature and the panel turns on or off. All other panels and thermostats are from ThermIQ


The other small room has an infrared panel (1100 W) connected to the ceiling with a thermostat. Again, there is no sensor. In both rooms you will have to make sure that you lower the thermostat when you leave the room.

In the living room there are 2 infrared panels hanging from the ceiling of 1100 W each. Each is connected to both a thermostat and a motion sensor. With a simple rotary thermostat you choose the desired temperature.  The motion sensor gives a signal when there is movement. In case of both heat demand and movement, the infrared panel will be switched on. The sensor switches the panel off when there is no more movement. The processes run via a PLC in the basement. 
Sitting really still for too long is not wise, then you get cold.

about the installation of the panels, and PLC

The master bedroom with double bed has no heating options at the moment. In the bathroom there is a radiant heater on the wall above the washbasin. Kitchen, toilet and cellar have no extra heating.

Fresh air in the living room
In the living room a heat recovery system (WTW) continuously refreshes fresh air. In this process, 88% of the indoor heat is recovered. Brand Zehnder. More about the WTW

A CO2 meter on the table measures the amount of CO2 in the air, displays this as a number. It sounds an alarm if the CO2 concentration exceeds 1400 ppm. In that case you have to turn off the alarm and take one of the following measures.

  • Put the WTW in a higher position
  • open the door to the hallway
  • open a window

Half an hour after switching off the alarm, the CO2 meter measures again and hopefully you have taken adequate measures. Otherwise it will go off again and you will try another measure. A high concentration of CO2 means that there is too little oxygen in the air, which can cause headaches.

<strong> Comfortable warmth, no draughts</strong>
Draughts cause the air to rub against your skin. In the summer it is just lovely and opening doors and windows helps to cool down
<strong>Low energy consumption (think about paying 5 to 15 euros per month for a single household)</strong>
Look online at my account at Enelogic (included in rent) how much energy you use and how much the 10 solar panels generate (especially in summer).
What difference does it make if, for example:

  • closes the shutters or keeps them open at night (in summer the 3 shutters on the south side really keep out a lot of heat)
  • the duette pleated curtains closed versus open (pleated curtains with alu coating in living room south side and bathroom)
  • temperature in the hall increases
  • cooking method: see Pierre Wind’s tips (discussion by me of Pierre Wind’s eco-kitchen, 2020). The book is in the kitchen.

Edible garden
In the front and back garden is plenty of fruit and herbs; see
There is a high vegetable garden container to sow in yourself.
You can use the shed to grow plants in, after pre-sowing indoors. I did this with tomatoes, pumpkin, courgettes.
Maintenance and questions

I intend to come back to Nijmegen once in a while and then I could maintain the garden; help solve problems.
Map, dimensions and photos
Agrated land    
Living room Length: 756
Width south side:
Width north side: 348
64 m²
Kitchen 319*230 9,57 m²
Big bedroom 347 * 478 16.6 m²
bedroom 2 374 * 310 11.6 m²
bedroom 3 255 * 310 7,9 m²
bathroom with shower and toilet 234*313 7,3 m²

Ground floor: garden path, entrance hall with coat rack niche and freezer, living room/dining room with electric oven, toilet with hand basin, kitchen with induction hob, fridge, microwave and lots of cupboard space; front garden and backyard with shed

Floor: hall, bathroom with shower and toilet, washbasin; 3 bedrooms

Basement and roof (roof is not suitable for sitting on and walking on)

To take over: double bed; wardrobe in the master bedroom; possibly also the chest of drawers in the master bedroom; also the hanging cupboards in the basement and shelves I want to leave. May be some more

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