Date & Location: 16.02.2016

Scaling up initiatives supporting the energy renovation of buildings

A question of market acceptance and replicability? 16 February 2016, Location: Rue de la Science 23, 5th floor, Brussels

In light of the recent COP21 agreement, efforts to decrease CO2 emissions will have to increase significantly. Building renovations can be part of the solution as this would substantially lower Europe’s CO2 emissions. However, scaling up renovation faces important challenges. This event showcased a variety of successful building renovation approaches that could inspire the future development of renovation policies.

There are replicable solutions across Europe that can address the renovation challenge in terms of scale, financing, addressing non-technical barriers, level of ambition or achievement of social objectives.

The EU project EASEE developed new insulation materials in order to transform residential buildings constructed before 1975. Solutions include a new holistic approach to envelope retrofitting based on innovative technical approaches. EASEE developed a tool-kit for envelope retrofitting of existing multi-storey and multi-owner buildings which combines novel design and assessment strategies, with scaffolding-free installation approaches, to reduce energy demand, minimising the impact on occupants while preserving the façade original appearance.

The Energiesprong approach providing zero energy homes at zero upfront costs in The Netherlands – proposes a new financing and construction model which was presented in this meeting. A similar presentation can be seen here. Also watch an example of a renovation done in a day.

Please find the agenda below.


8.30am Coffee & Croissants

8.40am Welcome by Oliver Rapf, Executive Director (BPIE)

8.45am A selection of best practice examples of voluntary and mandatory renovation initiatives across Europe, Dan Staniaszek (BPIE)

9.00am New skins for old buildings. New technologies and lessons learnt from the EASEE project, Elisabetta Delponte (D’Appolonia)

9.15am International scaling of Net Zero Energy retrofits with performance warranties and one week installation times, Ron van Erck (Energiesprong)

09.30am Discussions

10.00am End


This event was held within the framework of the EU-funded project EASEE.


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