Long-term renovation strategies (LTRS), developed at national level, go hand-in-hand with local building renovation initiatives. This factsheet maps the governance structure, status quo of the process, successes and challenges of LTRS development and local initiatives across 8 countries.
Long-term renovation strategies are a requirement of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) for all member states. BPIE and national Green Building Councils for the H2020 project Build Upon2 published 8 factsheets discussing the initiatives of long-term renovation strategies of 8 countries (Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the UK).
The case studies identify which levels of governance must cooperate during the design and implementation of long-term renovation strategies. They also highlight the status quo of the process, successes and challenges faced at local and national level.
Here a summary for each country concerning the main challenges for the implementation of LTRS:
- Croatia: lack of communication channels between local authorities and national government; lack of financial resources and qualified staff to implement renovation strategies
- Hungary: involvement of as many stakeholders as possible at all levels; insufficient awareness about the multiple benefits of building renovations
- Ireland: limited resources to conduct a large-scale, comprehensive consultation process for the LTRS; lack of a coherent strategy
- Italy: contribution and impact of local actions to overall national strategies and objectives is hard to assess
- Poland: the process for drafting the LTRS and providing input is not clear; insufficient awareness about the multiple benefits of building renovations
- Spain: lack of continuity in preparation and implementation of LTRS; lack of coordination between national, regional and municipal governance levels
- Turkey: lack of involvement of stakeholders during the design/implementation policies and measures; insufficient information on current building stock and energy use; financial mechanism should be developed
- The UK: lack of connection across governance levels; lack of strategic coordination, central leadership, coordination and funding.