On 20 September 2016, the building sector joined forces in the launch of a new mortgage scheme offering lower rates to buyers opting for more energy efficient buildings. In order to be eligible, buyers would need to commit either purchasing more energy efficient homes or to carrying out energy-saving retrofits to the property purchased.
The European Environmental Agency (EEA) has recently published a report in which it analyses potential action which can be taken in order to adapt European cities to climate change.
With the aim of boosting investment in start-ups and sustainable urban development, the European Commission has recently launched two new financial instuments. One of the aims of these is to encourage the regeneration of urban areas.
According to a recent report by Eurofund, investing €3 in improving housing conditions would generate savings of €2 in just one year.
In mid August, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the first draft proposals for indicators relating to resourece efficiency in the building sector. Interested stakeholders have until 7 October 2016 to respond.