Smart consumers for smart renovations – wishful thinking?

I cannot stop thinking about a recent article entitled Fighting Climate Change? We’re Not Even Landing a Punch in the New York Times by Eduardo Porter. He is quite emphatic that we simply are not doing enough. He states “But what definitely won’t suffice is a climate strategy built out of wishful thinking: the proposition … Continue reading Smart consumers for smart renovations – wishful thinking?

Blog from Catrin Maby – A Passport to a better building future? Putting the Building Renovation Passport in context

It’s good to see the growing support for the concept of the ‘Building Renovation Passport’, defined by BPIE in their 2016 study as ‘a document - in electronic or paper format - outlining a long-term (up to 15 or 20 years) step-by-step renovation roadmap for a specific building, resulting from an on-site energy audit fulfilling … Continue reading Blog from Catrin Maby – A Passport to a better building future? Putting the Building Renovation Passport in context

Blog from Energy Advice Exchange – “Main barrier to domestic energy efficiency is cost . . .”

A few weeks ago, a news item on the Energy Live News website in the UK raised the issue of cost as the reason why consumers were not investing in energy efficiency. That’s fair, as a starting point. We are always told how expensive energy-efficient technologies or energy renovations are, whether it is true or … Continue reading Blog from Energy Advice Exchange – “Main barrier to domestic energy efficiency is cost . . .”

Chairman’s Conclusions: Think local first: designing an EU buildings policy framework centred on consumers, local authorities and energy advisory services to deliver on Europe’s renovation challenge

A policy roundtable, organised by the PUBLENEF project through one of the consortium organisations (Energy Cities) and the Energy Advice Exchange, was held on June 20th in Brussels during the EU Sustainable Energy Week in order to further explore the key role and importance of local authorities and energy advisory services in Europe’s energy efficiency … Continue reading Chairman’s Conclusions: Think local first: designing an EU buildings policy framework centred on consumers, local authorities and energy advisory services to deliver on Europe’s renovation challenge

Energy Advice Exchange co-organising important roundtable discussion June 20th: Think local first: a building policy to deliver on EU renovation challenge

The Energy Advice Exchange is pleased to be co-organising an event in Brussels on June 20th. Consumers, local authorities and energy advisory services are the three leading forces, whose combined actions will enable Europe to deliver on its 2050 renovation challenge. Their manifold collaboration on the ground, in cooperation with other private and public stakeholders, … Continue reading Energy Advice Exchange co-organising important roundtable discussion June 20th: Think local first: a building policy to deliver on EU renovation challenge

Blog by Energy Advice Exchange: One measure can’t be all things to all people

Louise Sunderland and Rod Janssen provide the following blog on Article 7 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.   Since the launch of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, we have been trying to better understand Europe’s renovation strategy. For building renovation one of the main (only) concrete measures proposed is the continuation to … Continue reading Blog by Energy Advice Exchange: One measure can’t be all things to all people

Blog from Louise Sunderland – The much needed glue in a renovation strategy

Today Energy Advice Exchange published its latest briefing which highlights a range of examples of good practice in the delivery of energy advisory services across Europe. Energy advisory services (sometimes called one-stop-shops) offer consumers (building owners, managers, tenants) advice and practical assistance on a number of legal, financial, technical, practical and behavioural aspects to increase … Continue reading Blog from Louise Sunderland – The much needed glue in a renovation strategy

Blog from Catrin Maby – The ‘stuckness’ of energy policy for buildings – taking a different standpoint

Energy efficiency policy can sometimes seem a bit stuck, and perhaps nowhere more than in the sphere of buildings. There is a natural human need to focus in on ‘technical fixes’ (like ‘smart’ technologies) because they seem like they could be easy solutions. This is sadly an illusion - in reality there is no quick … Continue reading Blog from Catrin Maby – The ‘stuckness’ of energy policy for buildings – taking a different standpoint

Blog from Louise Sunderland – We have a choice: more of the same for consumers, or a chance at really raising the building renovation rate

Having avidly read the Commission’s clean energy package documents at the end of last year (OK, so I admit, not every page but all of the important stuff from a buildings perspective) I am now reading the briefings and recommendations on changes to the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive … Continue reading Blog from Louise Sunderland – We have a choice: more of the same for consumers, or a chance at really raising the building renovation rate