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2021-04-03 | BPIE
The Renovation Wave strategy & action plan: designed for success or doomed to fail?

This BPIE's gap analysis answers the question: Is the Renovation Wave action plan leading to adequate measures, putting the EU on track to achieve its 2030 climate objectives?

In this analysis, the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) urges the European Commission to intensify political coordination and coherence in the implementation phase of the Renovation Wave strategy, to ensure full decarbonisation of the EU building stock in line with the EU climate goals.

According to the analysis,  the Renovation Wave’s ambition should lead to an annual deep renovation rate from 0.2% to 3% to achieve the 60% GHG emissions reductions of buildings, required to achieve the EU 2030 climate targets. BPIE’s proposed ambition level indicates that renovation efforts required to achieve EU climate targets in reality represents a factor of fifteen compared to current practice.

BPIE urges the European Commission to use the upcoming legislative revisions within the Fit for 55 package as an opportunity to take immediate measures, which, among other recommendations, should include a comprehensive revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. 

2021-02-24 | BPIE
A PARIS-PROOF RETAIL REAL ESTATE SECTOR

According to the 2020 Buildings Global Status Report, the buildings and construction sector accounts for 35% of final energy use and 38% of energy and process-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions globally. The new report by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) shows that the retail real estate (RRE) sector will have to play a major part in achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

The report is a status quo analysis of existing policy and market approach to climate change actions and strategies relevant to the RRE sector, and represents the starting point for developing a common vision and language on how to decarbonise the sector. It aims to identify relevant policy and market developments that can inform tailored recommendations to industry players and policy makers in order to be in line with the Paris Agreement.

2020-11-12 | UN Economic and Social Council
Updated Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings

The Joint Task Force on Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings developed the Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings (ECE/ENERGY/GE.6/2017/4), and in 2017 the Committee on Sustainable Energy and the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management endorsed the document. To deploy the Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings and to set in motion the process of setting up international centres of excellence and a consortium of educational and research institutions, and thereby to accelerate transformation of the world’s building stock, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe launched a programme on high-performance buildings.

2021-01-04 | Interreg MED
Policy Recommendations for a Mediterranean Building Renovation Programme

The Efficient Buildings Community has just developed a new set of recommendations for European and National decision-makers. 

The eight recommendations are grounded in the experience of the Mediterranean local authorities and they aim to bring the lessons learned in the discussion about the next generation of energy policies: the European Green Deal, issued by the Commission last December, and the recovery plans in response to Covid-19, currently underway in each Member State. 

The Efficient Buildings Community calls for a stronger vision for building-related policies, a proper "Mediterranean efficient buildings action programme“. Policy-makers need to acknowledge that energy efficiency in the Mediterranean countries relies on other parameters than in the rest of the EU.

 

2020-12-03 | BPIE
On the way to a CLIMATE-NEUTRAL EUROPE

Findings of this report show that doubling the overall energy renovation rate of 1% is insufficient to achieve more ambitious GHG emission reductions of 55% compared to 1990 levels.   In reality, Europe needs to reach a minimum 3% annual deep renovation by 2030 to achieve the 60% emissions reduction in buildings, which is what the Renovation Wave highlights as needed to meet a 55% climate target and keep the EU on track towards climate-neutrality. 

Alongside with reducing energy consumption through building renovations, accelerating renewable energy penetration together with a systemic fossil-fuel phaseout, is paramount to decarbonize the building sector. Our paper finds that renewable energy must increase to 53% of the final energy mix in buildings, while fossil fuels must decrease to 47% total by 2030. 

2020-11-02
THE EUROPEAN RENOVATION WAVE: FROM WORDS TO ACTION
Buildings Performance Institute Europe

The building sector, as it stands today, is a major contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union. It remains highly dependent on fossil fuels, has yet to embrace circularity, and is not seeing the renovation activity necessary to meet climate goals and improve people’s wellbeing. The Renovation Wave strategy published by the Commission on October 14, 2020 calls for faster and deeper renovation and is comprehensive and far-reaching. 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.

This assessment sets out BPIE’s views on the key elements of the strategy and provides suggestions how they can be put into action. For example, BPIE argues that a much stronger focus on deep renovations is needed to achieve full decarbonisation of buildings by 2050 and this should be reflected in the upcoming legislative processes and respective supporting instruments.

The Renovation Wave will catalyse a series of actions in the coming years to unleash a wave of building renovations. New and stronger follow-up measures are welcome and needed. At the same time, such an initiative can only be successful if the current legislation is well implemented across EU Member States providing the necessary solid basis for delivering the Renovation Wave.

2020-11-02
Performance of distributed energy resources in three low energy dwellings during the UK lock down period
Oxford Brookes University

Their paper titled Performance of distributed energy resources in three low energy dwellings during the UK lock down period examines household energy use and performance of low carbon technologies in Yorkshire, during the Covid-19 lockdown. The research study is part of a five-year €4.2 million EU funded project - Zero Plus on zero energy settlements.

The research found that the use of smart home batteries coupled with rooftop solar panels, resulted in over 95% reduced average direct grid consumption during peak hours. The estimated cost benefit to homeowners using smart energy systems in the study ranged from annual savings of between £260 and £438.

The study explored the change in daily energy use and performance of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as electro-chemical batteries, during the Covid-19 lockdown period from 23 March 2020 to 31 May 2020. Three houses in an eco-development in York, were occupied continuously by families during that time. They had identical heating systems (district heating), rooftop solar panels and home batteries (14kWh). The energy use, generation and charge-discharge of the batteries were monitored every five minutes using remote sensors. 

2020-05-01 | German Sustainable Building Council - DGNB
CLIMATE POSITIVE: NOW!
German Sustainable Building Council - DGNB

This brochure produced by the German Sustainable Building Council details the path from climate neutral buildings to climate positive. It includes case studies of climate positive buildings from Singapore and Germany. Finally, it outlines the elements of a climate action strategy. 

2014-01-01 | CESBA
CESBA POLICY PAPER
VISIBLE Interreg Project

The CESBA initiative policy paper establishes the policy position of CESBA regarding EU policy developments on sustainable building. The incentive to draw up the paper has been a process launched by the European Commission within the frame of the Europe2020 strategy: The Commission aims at developing a Europe-wide approach to assess the environmental performance of buildings. The CESBA initiative policy paper welcomes this process and highlights the need for a harmonized approach due to the diversity of local issues in Europe. CESBA stresses that it is ready and willing to share its knowledge with all stakeholders.

2014-01-01 | IEA
REGIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS: ARAB-SOUTHERN AND EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN (SEMED) REGION
IEA

The report recommends to implement policies including : (1) Mandatory building energy codes and minimum energy performance requirements, and addressing (2) the improvment the energy efficiency of existing buildings, and (3) the improvment of energy performance of building components (glazing, air conditioning, and solar water heating).

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