Focus area: Renovating the EU building stock

Renovating the EU building stock

Deep renovation of buildings could cut 36% of their energy consumption by 2030, while reducing EU energy import dependency, creating growth, innovation and employment, reducing fuel poverty and resulting in more comfortable and healthier buildings. BPIE develops scenarios and recommendations to overcome major barriers to renovation and monitors progress across Europe.

Because the potential for cost-effective energy savings is so high, the buildings sector has become a priority area for the European Union trying to meet its ambitious climate and energy targets for 2020 and 2050.

Several legislative initiatives have been introduced for building renovation. The 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) introduced the requirement of implementing energy efficiency measures for major renovations in order to encourage more ambitious renovation. The EPBD also asked EU Member States to introduce cost-optimal energy performance requirements that can be used for new buildings as well as for renovation activities. It also encourages the elimination of market barriers that affect the full cost-effective potential from being achieved; and it pushes for economic support instruments to stimulate the renovation of the existing building stock. The 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive complements the EPBD by encouraging ambitious renovations through the requirement for Member States to establish strategies for the renovation of national building stocks by April 2014, as well as to renovate 3 % of the building stock of central governments annually to a high energy performance level.

BPIE is/or was a partner in the EU consortia for several projects dealing with different aspects of energy efficient renovation.

  • EmBuild supports public authorities in Southeast European countries to prepare a long-term strategies to mobilise investment in energy efficient renovation.
  • CommONEnergy aimed to convert EU shopping malls into energy efficiency lighthouses.
  • The COHERENO project had as a main objective to strengthen the collaboration of enterprises in innovative business schemes and provide them with guidance on how to collaborate for advancing nZEB renovation in owner occupied houses.
  • EPISCOPE aimed to contribute to the monitoring and optimisation of energy refurbishment processes and actual energy savings in the national building stock.
  • The EASEE project developed a new holistic approach to energy efficient envelope retrofitting of multi-storey and multi-owner buildings built before 1975.