The social and environmental urgency of large-scale integrated retrofitting of the European building stock is widely acknowledged. However, the building sector has not yet been able to devise a structural, large-scale retrofitting process and systematic approach. There is an urgent need for cost-effective solutions to accelerate deep renovation of buildings. To promote deep renovation, it is of great value to find the right balance between the energy conservation and efficiency measures as well as the measures and technologies that promote the use of renewable energy.
Post date: 12 May 2016
International Workshop on Challenges and Opportunities on Add-Ons in deep renovation of existing buildings | ABRACADABRA PROJECT
Post date: 20 Apr 2016
SBE16 Tallinn and Helsinki Conference
The SBE16 Conference will take place on 5-7 October 2016 in Tallinn (Estonia) and Helsinki (Finland), focusing on building green and deep renovation.
The conference themes include the following:
Investing in high performance
How to measure green?
Nearly zero-energy buildings
Deep, integrated renovation
Energy aspects in land use planning
Post date: 12 Feb 2016
The building sector is key to achieving the transition to a low-carbon economy, and examples of industrialisation processes with positive results on the ground and reduced costs are already out there waiting to be replicated. The regulatory and business environment in which early-movers operate needs adaptation to deliver a better support for the scaling-up of these business models and to tap the available potential.
Post date: 2 Feb 2016
Post date: 17 Jul 2015
The EU imports 53% of its energy needs every year and on the 18th of June, the EU became 100% dependent on foreign energy imports. This comes at a cost of 400 billion per year! With existing buildings accounting for 40% of EU energy needs but wasting 80% through leaky buildings, building renovation is the low hanging fruit to reduce energy waste and become independent from fuel imports.
Post date: 26 Jun 2015
This paper is based on a review of a cross section of strategies, conducted by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE). It attempts to determine whether the requirements set out in Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) Article 4 have been met and assess whether they embody the level of ambition that is consistent with transforming Europe’s existing building stock into a highly energy performing one. Member States are ranked according to their compliance levels.
Post date: 17 Jun 2015
Horizon’s 2020 call EE05 funds deep renovation projects that overcome market barriers and give an impetus to the construction sector to engage in deep renovations. Up to now, barriers such as the lack of quality standards and inspection protocols impede the creation of a market place for deep renovation.
The call, fully titled ‘Increasing energy performance of existing buildings through process and organisation innovations and creating a market for deep renovation’, closes on 4 June 2015.
Post date: 4 May 2015
Post date: 17 Apr 2015
A recent study published by BPIE found that energy subsidies and direct financial support for household heating cannot provide a long-term solution to the fuel poverty problem. However, vigorous energy renovation measures of fuel poor homes can give a long-term answer to fuel poverty. Case studies of EU countries financing measures against fuel poverty indicate that - even though energy efficiency measures have proven to be the most sustainable solution to the fuel poverty problem - they receive lower funding compared to income and fuel price support schemes.
Post date: 29 May 2014