Comparing France and Germany in their building renovation strategies

To achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the question of renovating buildings to be more energy-efficient is of crucial importance. More than ever before, it is the subject of debate on both sides of the Rhine. Lucie Duboua-Lorsch and Lukas Scheid report on the EURACTIV website.   Energy-efficient building renovation: a Franco-German challenge Even before the … Continue reading Comparing France and Germany in their building renovation strategies

Blog from Stuart Fairlie: Don’t reinvent the wheel for commercial property retrofit

In the same way that Government-approved technical standards provided the foundation for the Green Homes Grant and the low energy retrofit of millions of UK homes, so similar energy efficiency standards are now being developed that should pave the way for the retrofit of commercial buildings. The only trouble is, the first draft of these … Continue reading Blog from Stuart Fairlie: Don’t reinvent the wheel for commercial property retrofit

Understanding Europe’s Renovation Wave

The European Commission unveiled a new energy efficiency strategy that could see 35 million buildings renovated and up to 160,000 green jobs created. It is useful to go directly to the EC website to have a better understanding. The following are questions and answers to help us better understand this new initiative.   Questions and … Continue reading Understanding Europe’s Renovation Wave

New report from BPIE on progress by EU member states to provide their renovation strategies

A new report from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe assesses the compliance of the 14 available long-term renovation strategies (as published on the website of the European Commission on 8 September 2020) against the provisions in Article 2a of the amended 2018 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). EiD earlier this summer wrote about the … Continue reading New report from BPIE on progress by EU member states to provide their renovation strategies

Blog from Anders Wijkman: Home retrofitting in the EU: An opportunity to build back better in a post COVID-19 world

The built environment, which includes our homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals, libraries, and other public buildings, is - as we know - the single largest energy consumer in the EU. It is responsible for an estimated 40 per cent of the EU’s total energy consumption and 36 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. 75 per cent … Continue reading Blog from Anders Wijkman: Home retrofitting in the EU: An opportunity to build back better in a post COVID-19 world