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The Renovation Wave: putting words into action

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has long worked to advance the Renovation Wave, with a series of knowledge products and webinars on the topic. See below a short summary of two projects that BPIE is involved, in response to the Renovation Wave. 

The European Renovation Wave: From Words to Action, BPIE presents its views on the new communication by the Commission

The Renovation Wave, published by the European Commission on October 14, 2020 recognises that the status quo is not sustainable and introduces a range of actions to “make renovation a win-win for climate neutrality and economic recovery”.

Its premise is that to contribute to a higher 2030 climate target and decarbonise the building sector, a wide range of policies, measures and tools must be put in place at all levels to overcome existing barriers and mobilise all actors, including citizens, local authorities, investors and the construction value chain. But while a vision to decarbonise the building sector is taking shape, success will depend on how well it is turned into action in the coming years.

This assessment sets out BPIE’s views on the key elements of the strategy, and how they can be put into action.



The European Renovation Wave and its implications for Germany (German only) 

A first BPIE analysis shows that the German Long Term Renovation Strategy needs improvement in many areas. It is precisely these areas that are again being brought to the focus of attention in the Renovation Wave. This briefing highlights the most important aspects of the Renovation Wave for German stakeholders and shows what is planned in the announced revision of the key EU legislation in 2021 (EED, EPBD).

With the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the EU Commission mobilises more than € 670 billion which the German government, as all other EU Member States, should make use of by submitting a plan of climate-related investments with a focus on building renovation measures. Good practice examples from neighbouring EU countries give ideas about innovative measures and initiatives.


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