Date: 11 January
Time: 16:00 - 17:45 CET
At just 1% annually, the current renovation rate of Europe’s building stock is off track to reaching carbon-neutrality by 2050 – 97% of existing buildings are currently inefficient. Reaching EU targets will therefore require ambitious action. Projected scenarios show that achieving climate-neutrality by 2050 will require the annual renovation rate to increase to 3%, with 70% of total renovations being “deep” renovations.
To date, renovations largely take place on a voluntary basis – there is no uniform obligation on member states and local authorities to renovate buildings, and engaging both building owners and the financial sector is a lengthy and uneven process. However, building standards and codes, which can be defined as a comprehensive set of interconnected regulations that are designed to govern new construction or renovations, are potential paths to support and boost renovations.
The EPBD (2018) launched the discussion of making minimum requirements mandatory, as they can be effective instruments to achieve the European Union’s long-term targets of achieving a highly efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.
Join BPIE on January 11th to discuss the status of standards and codes in the EU and the US and how they can be key for achieving highly energy-efficient buildings, new and renovated.