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 building sector has become a priority area for the European Union trying to meet its ambitious climate and energy targets.

Several legislative initiatives have been introduced for building renovation such as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive.

The amendments [2018/844] to the EPBD [2010/31/EU] set a clear direction for the full decarbonisation of the European building stock by 2050. It provides a clear goal for Member States and the tools to achieve it.

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

  • The ExcEED project, “European Energy Efficient building district Database”, established a robust and durable return of knowledge mechanism collecting actual buildings energy performance data and providing information to designers, energy managers and policy makers.
  • The EUCalc project develops trade-offs and pathways towards a sustainable and low-carbon Europe.
  • The Horizon2020-funded Turnkey Retrofit project, a service-oriented model, offers homeowners tailor-made solutions making the complex and fragmented renovation process simple, straightforward and attractive. This digital tool, targeting single-family and multi-family housing,  considers energy efficiency improvements as well as other aspects such as accessibility and security, indoor comfort and more.
  • EmBuild supported 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.