Building renovation passports – Customised roadmaps towards deep renovation and better homes

An overview of initiatives currently developed in France, Germany and Belgium, for building renovation passports, considered as Energy Performance Certificates 2.0, and perfect tools leading to better buildings performance and more comfortable homes.

Cover _BP reportIn its most recent study, BPIE suggests to evolve EPCs into Building Renovation Passports. Based on three examples of “Building Renovation Passports” in the Belgian region of Flanders (“Woningpas”), France (“Passeport Efficacité Énergétique”) and Germany (“Individueller Sanierungsfahrplan”),  building renovation passport are centred around the combination of technical on-site energy audits and quality criteria established in dialogue with building owners. The result is a user-friendly long-term roadmap that owners can use to plan deep renovations, gather all relevant building information in a sole place and get an up-to-date screenshot of the building across its lifetime, with information about comfort levels (air quality, better daylight entry, etc.) and potential access to finance.

The aim of this report is to provide an overview of initiatives currently developed: three of them were selected, in Flanders, France and Germany, all revolving around the concept of “building renovation roadmap or passport”. These initiatives were chosen for their advanced phase of development, as they provide a good overview of the process supporting the creation of a Building Renovation Passport and as they cover the main issues that need to be addressed for its development and implementation. In the three cases, public authorities have shown interest for this concept (France) and have supported or driven (Flanders and Germany) its development.

Section 1 explores the notion of “Building Renovation Passport”, introducing the concept, based on the three case studies. Section 2 presents the three main initiatives: a) the “individueller Sanierungsfahrplan” (individual renovation roadmap) in Germany, b) the Flemish “Woningpas” (Dwelling ID), and c) the “Passeport Efficacité Énergétique” (Energy efficiency passport) in France. Finally, section 3 outlines a series of recommendations for the introduction of building renovation passports across the EU.

 

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