Actively managing building performance is critical to meeting energy efficiency goals. This needs a collaborative engagement by all stakeholders.
The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission this week launched a new report Energy Renovation: The Trump Card for the New Start for Europe. The report highlights that a more comprehensive approach to energy renovation is instrumental for reaching the EU 2020 goals for energy savings. Furthermore there are important implications for growth and jobs, together with EU energy, climate and cohesion policies. Renovating existing buildings is a ‘win-win’ option for the EU economy.
The economic importance of specialised construction activities are not widely understood. For example, in 2011, specialised construction activities that include renovation work and energy retrofits employed three times as many people as energy supply to meet the needs of buildings for the same value added.
The phasing-out of inefficient buildings from the European building stock requires a comprehensive EU renovation plan. To be successful, the report argues that this plan should incorporate the existing…
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