Tackling the energy efficient renovation of buildings challenge

Renovation is one of the ways in which we can make buildings across Europe more energy efficient.  However, there are still many challenges and hurdles which need to be overcome. For example, the building sector is relatively fragmented which makes it difficult to identify and offer holistic solutions for deep renovation at an acceptable cost and quality. 

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Energy efficiency: Encouraging investment in building renovation

In order to increase the amount of buildings which are renovated in a way which makes them more energy efficient, financing and investment needs to be made available. With this in mind, the    “Investor Confidence Project Europe” (partially funded by Horizon 2020) aims to identify ways in which financing for the building renovation market can be unlocked.

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Reducing building emissions through national renovation strategies

With the aim of encouraging ‘national renovation strategies’, Green Building Councils from across Europe have joined forces and set up BUILDUPON, an EU project partially funded by Horizon 2020.  Its mission is to support governments, industry and civil society in delivering ‘national renovation strategies’ over the next 12 months. 

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Incorporating intelligent aspects into the built environment

On 8 February 2016, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published a report entitled “Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the Circular Economy Potential”.  The aim of this report is to illustrate  opportunities for innovation and creativity across a broad spectrum of industries and sectors.  One of the areas analysed is that of how we build and transform our buildings.

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