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Dear reader,

This year’s summer break may have been a different one, but I trust you managed to recharge your batteries for what promises to be a busy autumn. We are expecting the publication of the Renovation Wave Action Plan, announced earlier by the European Commission, and an intense discussion about the revision of the EU’s 2030 climate target. We will make sure to provide our analysis and ideas to both in the coming months.

We are starting with taking stock of the extensive European policy framework in our new Guidebook to European Building Policy.  However, this framework did not result in a significant increase of renovation activities, and policymakers will have to make bold and ambitious steps to launch the Renovation Wave in the near future.

We are also presenting innovative approaches to financing renovation in the RenOnBill project, and argue for a strong link of national renovation strategies with recovery and resilience plans. Taking a longer term perspective, two new outputs with BPIE’s contribution are looking at the question how we can achieve a climate-neutral building stock by 2050.

In the coming months, we will continue the organisation of online meetings, check out our schedule below and make sure to register! Linking economic recovery and building renovation promises benefits for all, stay tuned for our contributions and join the debate.

Enjoy the reading,
Oliver Rapf
Executive Director, BPIE
A Guidebook to European Building Policy: Key legislation and initiatives
Within the framework agreement of the Specific Partnerships for Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPIPA), BPIE produced a guidebook on European building policy for the government of Australia and Canada. Beyond these countries, this guidebook can serve as an exhaustive and up-to-date reference point for European policymakers and stakeholders working in energy performance of buildings. 

The guide focuses on the key EU legislation aimed at transforming and decarbonising the European building stock, including the Clean Energy Package for all Europeans, the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP), and EU energy product policy including the Energy Labelling and Eco-Design Directives. Within BPIE, it is our expectation that the European Commission will build on this robust arsenal of legislation with even stronger proposals in its Renovation Wave strategy, expected for mid October this year.


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Bringing buildings back to reach zero-carbon by 2050
A new report, released in July by ECF, prepared by CE Delft, shows that despite the necessity, benefits and urgency to decarbonise Europe’s buildings, the buildings sector is not currently on a trajectory to zero-carbon by 2050. Current policies focusing on incentives and information are not enough to reach this target.

Focusing on three areas where the emission reduction potential is the greatest, namely the energy performance of the existing building envelope, energy carriers, and building materials, the report recommends a first-ever long-term roadmap of policies to deliver essential carbon reductions in the residential building sector.
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The H2020 project X-tendo responds to the Energy Performance Certificates harmonisation challenge by developing and testing 10 innovative features for the next generation of EPCs
This report presents the preliminary scoping and analysis of five of the ten features, introduced by the H2020 project X-tendo, related to developing innovative EPC indicators: smart readiness, comfort, outdoor air pollution, real energy consumption, and district energy. It gives an overview of existing assessment approaches and methodologies for each feature and analyses their suitability and applicability to EPCs in a broader context, including building typologies and ranking techniques.  
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The 10 Energy Performance Certificates features developed by X-tendo are being tested against four cross-cutting criteria 
The Horizon 2020 project X-tendo introduced a set of cross-cutting criteria, which encapsulate the central success factors of EPC development: 
  • quality and reliability, 
  • user-friendliness, 
  • economic feasibility, and 
  • consistency with international standards.   
The #Xtendoproject started the related analysis by developing a guidance note that presents a list of indicators for each criteria. Each feature will be assessed, evaluated and validated against these indicators to ensure compliance with the cross-cutting criteria.
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[Report] New research identifies barriers to prioritising energy demand reduction in energy system planning in the EU

The Enefirst consortium has released a report identifying persisting barriers to implementing the decision-making principle of efficiency first (E1st) in energy system planning and policymaking. The report, based on the results of a survey to 45 experts in energy efficiency in buildings, infrastructure, and planning from across Europe, identifies political barriers as the most significant barrier to implementation, suggesting that implementing the E1st principle is first and foremost a political decision. Additionally, a majority of respondents stressed the lack of expertise, knowledge, awareness or understanding, which suggests that a proactive dissemination of good practices and case studies is important.


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Free EUCalc MOOC now available on edX! Learn how to use the #EUCalc Pathway Finder to a low carbon EU-Society
In this course you will be introduced to a new tool, the EUCalc Pathways Explorer, which calculates the effects of different adaptations in behavior and changes in technology. This tool consolidates scientific data gathered from researchers world-wide.

Scenarios can be chosen for actions in transport, diet, consumption and homes, and in technology for buildings, energy, transport and manufacturing. Effects on greenhouses gas emissions, land-use, water scarcity, jobs, air pollution and costs can be seen for each setting. This way you can consider which actions and transitions are required to mitigate climate change effects in Europe and/or its separate Member States.

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On-bill schemes in Lithuania, Italy, Spain and Germany: insights from the RenOnBill national workshops 

The H2020 RenOnBill consortium held a series of national online workshops in the spring of 2020 targeting stakeholders in the four focus countries: Italy, Lithuania, Germany and Spain. The workshops aimed to select the target markets for on-bill schemes in the four countries and to develop the basis for cooperation options between financial institutions and utilities for the selected target market. 

In each national workshop, participants discussed questions related to the relevant target market segments and to the preferences in terms of source of financing for the on-bill scheme. In the four countries, the preferred model for any large-scale intervention turned out to be on-bill repayment (where investment capital is provided by a private third party). 
Read the insights
Virtual Regional Technical Expert Meetings on Mitigation
27 August | 10:00 – 11:30 CEST

The Covid-19 pandemic, with its lockdowns and health emergencies, has affected demand for cooling in different applications: cooling in buildings, domestic refrigeration of food and drinks, cold chains, medical necessities, data centers. Decision makers are required to design and deploy smart solutions with a view of rebulding a global community post Covid-19 that is stronger than before.

The meeting will discuss new sustainable solutions for cooling that take into consideration climate impacts and new societal needs, policies that should be developed and put in place so as to optimize the use of energy and resources, challenges that prevent the private sector from investing on clean and sustainable building and contribute to transformational changes.
  • 10:00 (5 min) – Brief introduction of the topic and speakers (Oliver Rapf, BPIE)
  • 10:05 (5 min) – Opening remarks by TEC and CTCN member (Mr. Stig Svenningsen, Technology Executive Committee
  • 10:10 (50 min) – Presentations and moderated panel discussion
    • Ms. Nursat Abdurashilova, Chief Executive Director, Unisongroup, Kyrgyzstan 
    • Mr. Mohammad Asfour, Head, Africa Regional Network, World Green Building Council
    • Mr. Alexander Handziivanov, Green Economy Specialist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    • Mr. Ibrahim Ibrahim Al Zubi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Majid Al Futtaim
  • 11:00 (25 min) – Questions and answers
  • 11:25 (10 min) – Summary and closing by the moderator
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[Webinar] Green Recovery in Spain and Italy: Accelerating Home Renovation after COVID
22 September | 15:00 - 16:00

As two of the worst-hit countries in Europe by the COVID-19 pandemic, helping communities recover and stimulating the economy is fundamental for a successful recovery in Italy and Spain. Looking to a forge a “green recovery” largely means enabling home renovation that is accessible to everyone.  This webinar will discuss the current policy accelerating home renovation and the financing tools pushing it forward. Case studies will focus on the situation in Spain and the stimulus efforts in Italy, such as the eco-bonus scheme.
  • 15:00 (5 min) – Welcome and Introduction (Jessica Stromback, Joule Assets)
  • 15:10 (15 min) – Europe and the Green Recovery Plan (Arianna Vitali Roscini, BPIE)
  • 15:20 (10 min) – Case Study: Spain (Mart Jacbos, GNE Finance)
  • 15:30 (10 min) – Case Study: Italy (Sergio Olivero, Energy Center – Politecnico di Torino)
  • 15:40 (20 min) – Conclusions and Q&A (Jessica Stromback, Joule Assets)
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World Green Building Week (21 – 25 September 2020)
World Green Building Week is World Green Building Council’s annual campaign that empowers us all to deliver greener buildings. Over five days, the World Green Building Council network of Green Building Councils and partners will showcase examples of global industry leadership. We will deliver a coordinated, collective voice of the industry to demonstrate the existing leadership in the net zero building movement, and call for bolder and more ambitious regulation to unlock these solutions.
More information and registration here
The X-tendo workshop aims to gather views from experts at EU and national level on the framework of the next-generation energy performance certification and on the development of the next-EPC features. X-tendo is currently developing a methodology and an approach to embedding each feature in the existing EPC framework. In order to do so, the workshop discussion will deep-dive into the 10 innovative EPC indicators, to develop their content and potential directions to move forward. If you are interested in joining the workshop, please get in touch with Roberta D’Angiolella
World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) 2021, 24-26 February 2021, Wels (Austria) 

Europe has the ambitious goal of becoming the first climate neutral continent by 2050. The Green Deal and the EU Climate Law are first concrete steps. The current economic challenges are also an opportunity to accelerate decarbonisation and to create a fairer society and a more competitive economy. In 2021, the conference - which attracts over 400 participants from over 50 countries each year - shows how we can make a green recovery happen in practice and how energy efficiency as an investment engine can contribute to this deep transformation. You can submit your contribution until October 12, 2020 at this link
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Dear reader,

Europe has the opportunity to embark on a massive paradigm shift. With the European Commission’s recovery strategy released last month, and the strategy on smart sector integration expected shortly, with the Renovation Wave close behind, it is a critical moment to highlight the enormous positive impact that buildings can have on health and well-being, decarbonisation, and economic recovery.

The research highlighted in this newsletter gives new impetus for why buildings are important, both regarding economic recovery and decarbonisation. Our recent study, undertaken for the Renovate Europe campaign, shows that for every €1 million invested in energy renovation of buildings, an average of 18 jobs are created in the EU. These are local, long-term jobs that will stimulate economic activity across the EU. The Renewables 2020 Global Status Report, also released this month, shows that energy efficiency remains critical for increasing the share of renewables in final energy consumption in buildings.

Beyond why, we also highlight how. This month, the enefirst H2020 consortium released a study showcasing 16 case examples of the efficiency first principle in practice across the EU and the US, which prioritizes demand-side innovations including flexibility measures over direct investments in new energy infrastructure. Our technical study on Building Renovation Passports (BRPs) also confirms the effectiveness of BRPs to simplify the customer journey and improve uptake of residential retrofit in Europe. BRPs could be a viable solution to scaling deep renovation in the coming years.

You will also see below a strong line-up of webinars and web conferences highlighting various solutions that could support in launching a Renovation Wave, within the context of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2020 this week, and beyond. We especially encourage you to register and attend our webinar today, that will showcase examples from the US and Flanders on Minimum Energy Performance Standards in practice.

We hope you enjoy the reading and wishing you a great summer,

Oliver Rapf
Executive Director, BPIE
Why are Building Renovations essential for economic recovery?

This study, prepared by BPIE for the Renovate Europe Campaign, quantifies the positive impact generated by investments in energy renovation of buildings on variables such as economic growth, job creation and overall health and productivity of European citizens. The findings are encouraging and show we are on the right track by including buildings as a cornerstone to Europe’s recovery strategy.

At the macro-economic level, for every €1 million invested in energy renovation of buildings, an average of 18 jobs are created in the EU.

For citizens, energy efficient office buildings increases productivity by about 12% leading to a potential benefit of about €500 billion to the economy per year.
Read the report

[Report] International experiences with Efficiency First
The new report by the Enefirst H2020 consortium constitutes a step towards achieving the objective of making the Efficiency First (E1st) principle operational in EU decisionmaking. The report includes 16 examples of how E1st has been applied in different contexts, from buildings, finance and planning, to gas and district heating. Each case study details the implementation bodies, the barriers to the implementation of the E1st principle, their replicability and scalability potential. The report analyses why and how E1st has been implemented, and what lessons can be learned from these experiences. The examples show policymakers, regulators, and energy policy actors that the concept of E1st can be implemented and can provide various benefits to the energy transition.
E1st gives priority to demand-side resources whenever they are more cost-effective from a societal perspective than investments in energy infrastructure for meeting policy objectives. It is a decision principle that is applied systematically at any level to energy-related investment planning and is enabled by an “equal opportunity” policy design.

Read the Report
Tune in to view the enefirst consortium’s first public webinar, which showcases two examples on Efficiency First in practice: Social Constraint Management Zones (SCMZ) in the UK, presented by SSEN, and Fabric First Approach in the Better Energy communities scheme in Ireland, presented by SEAI.
Policy brief - Promoting large-scale industrial renovation projects (German only)
With its latest Climate Policy Programme in 2019, the German government decided to promote serial renovations (large-scale renovation using pre-fabricated building components) with the aim to accelerate energy savings in the building sector.
This policy brief summarises the numerous benefits of the serial approach, and shows how support schemes should be designed to ensure a market uptake of the concept while making sure quality standards and climate targets are met.
Read the briefing
Technical study on the possible introduction of optional Building Renovation Passports (BRPs) confirms effectiveness of BRPs to improve uptake of residential retrofit
The study, which comprises 28 European and 5 non-European schemes, confirms that BRPs are effective in alleviating two of the main barriers to investment in home energy renovations; low awareness of the benefits of energy renovation and insufficient knowledge of what measures to implement and in which order. The analysis confirms that tailored renovation advice, together with other support measures, has an impact on the decision to renovate, the number of measures to implement, the performance level of the selected measures, as well as on what kind of measures that are being implemented.
Read the study

Just Launched: Renewables 2020 Global Status Report: energy efficiency remains critical for increasing the share of renewables in final energy consumption in buildings
The report, published by REN21, states that renewable energy is the fastest growing source of energy for buildings, yet in 2017 it met less  than 14% of total energy demand in the sector. The authors also point out that energy efficiency remains critical for curbing demand and for increasing the share of renewables in final energy consumption in buildings. But at the same time policies supporting renewable heating and cooling in buildings grew minimally in 2019. The report finds that green recovery  measures, such as investment in renewables and building efficiency, are more cost effective than  traditional stimulus measures and yield more returns. It also documents that renewables deliver on job creation, energy sovereignty, accelerated energy access in developing countries, reduced emissions and air pollution.

Read the report

Factsheets: The health benefits and business opportunities behind residential deep retrofits  (now available in English)
The two factsheets are a result of the joint project, “Multiple benefits as a driver of energy-efficient building renovation” with the Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform, funded by the German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU).

For occupants: Increased energy performance of residential buildings can prevent respiratory diseases, psychological harm and increase well-being. A well-insulated building can prevent respiratory diseases and psychological harm for inhabitants, and high thermal comfort can increase occupants’ well-being.

For building owners: Core benefits include increased asset value, reduced risk portfolio, higher reputation, and lower administration costs. Moreover, a stronger involvement of tenants in the renovation process can increase the awareness of the benefits coming from energy efficient buildings and might increase acceptance of the renovation works. Read the factsheets.

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Webinar: Scaling up (deep) renovation: Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for existing buildings in the US and Flanders,
TODAY - June 22, 15:00-16:30 CEST 
Organised and moderated by BPIE, this webinar will provide insights into the current policy landscape surrounding Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) in Europe and abroad, as well as two case examples of MEPS in practice in the US and Flanders. This webinar will provide an ideal platform to learn and discuss best practices and implementation methods with your peers and experts.
Time is limited! Register now!
EUSEW 2020: Spurring Europe’s Renovation Wave – How #BetterBuildingsEU can contribute to #EUGreenRecovery
June 25, 09:00 – 10:30 CEST

In this session, Spurring Europe’s Renovation Wave, BPIE and other stakeholders will outline how energy efficient, flexible and renewable-based buildings should play a key role in any recovery plan while contributing to climate neutral, fostering industrial competitiveness, digital innovation, comfort and well-being of occupants. They will highlight the importance of an integrated approach to renovation to ensure buildings are highly energy-efficient, powered by renewable energy, smart and provide environmental, social and economic benefits to EU citizens and society. An exchange will take place with key policymakers and the audience around five recommendations to shape an ambitious “Renovation Wave” with immediate effects.
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EUSEW 2020: Effective home renovation programs to stimultae the post COVID-19 recovery
June 25, 11:00 - 12:30 CEST

BPIE will participate at the #EUSEW2020 virtual conference session Effective home renovation programs to stimulate the post COVID-19 recovery, presenting the RenOnBill project
This session will showcase successful home renovation programs with the ability to achieve scale and play a pivotal role in achieving the European Green Deal’s goals. It will highlight several initiatives that provide technical support and financing to European citizens, within the framework of broader urban regeneration strategies. The programs featured in this session exemplify how home renovation can be shaped to be inclusive and accessible to all, by offering targeted support, special financing arrangements and grants to vulnerable groups.
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The AmBIENCe webinar series - Exploring the business model and opportunities for Active building EPC
June 29, 10h-11.00h CEST

The Horizon 2020 project AmBIENCe launched a series of interactive webinars in June to discuss with stakeholders the concept of Active Building Energy Performance Contracting (Active Building EPC). The first two webinars focused on the regulatory and flexibility aspects and can be accessed on the Ambience Youtube channel.  
In the last webinar of the series, focusing on business models, we will discuss:
  • What are the early AmBIENCe findings on the development of the business concept and model?
  • What are the new insights on the roles of the market actors?
  • What are the main results of the AmBIENCe stakeholder survey for flexibility requestors? 
  • How the AmBIENCe early results on business models, market actor’s roles and specifically on Measurement and Verification (M&V) impact the new AEPC model?
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Webinar: Catalysing the EU Renovation Wave int he Transition to Next-Generation Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) 
June 30, 13:30 - 15:00 CEST

EPCs are not just an informative tool: they can help build trust and trigger investment in energy saving measures and monitor the impact of policies and financial support schemes. Three Horizon 2020 projects, QualDeEPC, U-CERT and X-tendo will come together in this webinar to present the issues related to current EPC schemes in Europe and the potential solutions to shift from just an informative tool to a multifaceted tool supporting all stakeholders in the value chain e.g. call-to-action, quality assurance. The presentations will deep-dive into an overview of the common hurdles of EPC schemes across Europe, such as limited reliability, lack of compliance and end-user acceptance and conclude with the specific solutions brought forward by each of the three projects.
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Webinar on the German-French Office for the Energy Transition (in French and German)
30 June, 9:00-12:00

“Energetische Gebäudesanierung in Deutschland und Frankreich: Fördermechanismen, Akteure und Finanzierung“

The online conference offers the opportunity for a Franco-German exchange on energy-related experience of building policy instruments and funding options:
  • How can renovations be accelerated and funds made available in both countries?
  • What are the current strategies and legal frameworks with which both countries want to achieve the climate targets in the building sector?
  • What are good practices of support mechanisms and effective financing schemes?
Register and get more information here

The European Commission is hosting a pair of webinars on Sustainable energy investment in Member State recovery plans, on 16 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, as part of an ongoing series organised for the Sustainable Energy Investment Forums initiative.

Part 2 of the series will focus on Croatia, Spain, Belgium, and the city of Milan.
View agenda and register for 30 June
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Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

Seit Mitte März hat sich unser Leben und Arbeiten auf den Kopf gestellt. Die Pandemie hat uns gezwungen, unsere Arbeits- und Alltagswelt und unserer Prioritäten drastisch umzudenken. Trotzdem laufen die Forschungsprojekte weiter und auch die klima- und energiepolitischen Herausforderungen warten nicht.

Bereits 17 europäische Klima- und Umweltminister*innen sowie über 180 deutsche Organisationen haben ein Klima-Konjunkturpaket gefordert. Dies beweist einen starken politischen und gesellschaftlichen Willen, diese Krise gemeinsam und nachhaltig zu bewältigen. Zusammenarbeit und Solidarität sind heute mehr denn je wesentliche Voraussetzungen, anstehenden Herausforderungen zu meistern.

In der zweiten Jahreshälfte wird die EU-Kommission Details zur „Renovation Wave“ veröffentlichen. Die Initiative ist Teil der Umsetzung des Europäischen Green Deals und gewinnt vor dem Hintergrund eines grünen Konjunkturpaketes an Bedeutung. Ideen dafür finden Sie in unserem Aktionsplan An Action Plan for the Renovation Wave, der einen vorrauschauenden Blick in die Zukunft eines klimaneutralen Gebäudebestands wirft und umfassende Vorschläge macht, diesen zu erreichen. Die Renovierungswelle wird die Mobilisierung vieler Akteure entlang der Wertschöpfungskette  erfordern, die alle auf eine gemeinsame Vision hinarbeiten.

Viele Veranstaltungen haben bereits digital als Online-Treffen oder Webinar stattgefunden, deren Erfolg viele positiv überrascht hat. Auch der Abschluss-Trialog des Projekts „Zusatznutzen als Treiber der energetische Gebäudesanierung“ hat mit großer Resonanz online stattgefunden und viel Potenzial für weiterführende Diskussionen offenbart. In der nächsten Woche haben Sie wieder die Möglichkeit, an einem Online-Workshop teilzunehmen, dieses Mal zum Thema „Immobilienbewertung und Klimaschutz“, organisiert von unserem Projektpartner DENEFF. Weitere Details hierzu finden Sie unten. Außerdem haben Sie die Möglichkeit, sich an unseren europaweiten Umfragen zu verpflichtenden Mindestanforderungen für den Gebäudebestands sowie zur Implementierung des Efficiency First Ansatzes zu beteiligen.

Bleiben Sie gesund!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Ihre Sibyl Steuwer


Ein Aktionsplan für die Renovierungswelle

Im Rahmen des Europäischen Green Deals hat die EU Kommission eine „Renovierungswelle“ angekündigt, die den Herausforderungen der Dekarbonisierung des Gebäudesektors begegnen soll. Komplexe Wertschöpfungsketten, Eigentumsverhältnisse und Interessengruppen, die an unterschiedlichen Phasen im Bausektor miteinander interagieren, erfordern ein vernetztes Denken und gemeinsames Handeln, wie unser „Action Plan for the Renovation Wave“ visualisiert.

Die Europäische Kommission muss in erster Linie den richtigen Rahmen schaffen, um all die verschiedenen Akteure zu mobilisieren und sicherzustellen, dass ihre Maßnahmen auf die Renovierungswelle abgestimmt sind. Der Gebäudesektor kann nur dann erfolgreich zum europäischen Ziel der Klimaneutralität beitragen, wenn sich alle Akteure in die gleiche Richtung bewegen.

[Factsheet] Gesundheitliche Zusatznutzen der energetischen Sanierung im Eigenheim

Noch immer kommt eine tiefgreifende Gebäudesanierung nur langsam voran, obwohl das hohe Energieeinsparpotenzial von Bestandsgebäuden bekannt ist. Das DBU-geförderte Projekt „Zusatznutzen als Treiber der energetischen Gebäudesanierung“ hat deshalb zum Ziel, die nicht-energetischen Vorteile der Gebäudesanierung stärker herauszustellen, um Sanierungsmaßnahmen vermehrt anzustoßen.

Im selbstgenutzten Eigenheim können Bewohner*innen sowohl gesundheitlich von Renovierungsmaßnahmen profitieren als auch von der einhergehenden Wertsteigerung. Dieses Factsheet betont die Bedeutung einer effektiven Kommunikation von guter Innenraumluftqualität bei der Planung von Sanierungsmaßnahmen und stellt Instrumente zur besseren Vermittlung dieser Aspekte vor.

[Factsheet] Zusatznutzen der energetischen Sanierung für Immobilienbesitzer*innen und Mieter*innen

Die energetische Sanierung von vermieteten Mehrfamilienhäusern bietet sowohl für die Besitzer*innen, als auch für ihre Mieter*innen zahlreiche Zusatznutzen, wie Wertsteigerung und Risikominderung auf der einen sowie Gesundheitsverbesserung und Komfortsteigerungen auf der anderen Seite. Bei einer qualitativ hochwertigen Renovierung, die alle Interessengruppen von Anfang an mit einbezieht, können sowohl Vermieter als auch Mieter von den nicht-energetischen Nutzen profitieren.

Dieses Factsheet fasst die Workshop-Ergebnisse aus Sicht von Immobilienunternehmen und privaten Vermieter*innen zusammen und zeigt beispielhaft was die Politik tun kann, um die Zusatznutzen systematisch einzubeziehen.

Einladung zum Webinar "Carbon Value Analyser: Immobilienbewertung und Klimaschutz"

In einem gemeinsamen Projekt mit der DENEFF und PwC wurde ein praktikabler Ansatz entwickelt, um mögliche Klimarisiken in Immobilienportfolien finnaziell messbar zu machen. Der Carbon Value Analyser ist ein Modellierungstool, welches aufzeigt, wie sich der Energieverbrauch und die CO2-Emissionen von Gebäuden auf den Immobilienwert auswirken können. Am Freitag, den 15. Mai, organisiert die DENEFF ein 1-stündiges Webinar, um Ihnen dieses Tool vorzustellen.

Nach einer kurzen Einführung in das Projekt durch Susann Bollmann (DENEFF) wird Dr. Anne Michaels (PwC) den Carbon Value Analyser präsentieren und anhand von Beispielobjekten die Ergebnisse der Szenarioanalyse besprechen. Eine Kommentierung aus der Perspektive der Immobilienbewerter und Praktiker wird von Sabine Georgi (RICS) und Anne Gimpel (CBRE) folgen.

Bitte melden Sie sich bis zum 12.05.2020 verbindlich an - die Teilnahme am Webinar ist kostenfrei.

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Hier finden Sie die Aufzeichnung der Projektvorstellung vom 1. April [English]:
Online-Trialog „Gesundheit, Klimaschutz, Wertsteigerung – Wie Zusatznutzen die energetische Gebäudesanierung vorantreiben können“ zeigt großes Potenzial für weitere Diskussion

Eine qualitativ hochwertige Gebäudesanierung kann dabei helfen Energieeinsparungen und andere Zusatznutzen, wie Klimaschutz, Nachhaltigkeit und Wertsteigerung, weiter voranzutreiben. Diese Zusammenhänge wurden am 3. April 2020 beim zweiten Trialog zum Thema „Gesundheit, Klimaschutz, Wertsteigerung – Wie Zusatznutzen die energetische Gebäudesanierung vorantreiben können“ zum ersten Mal online diskutiert. Der Trialog stellt die Abschlussveranstaltung des Projekts „Zusatznutzen als Treiber der energetischen Gebäudesanierung“ dar, welches BPIE gemeinsam mit der HUMBOLD-VIADRINA Governance Platform durchführt.

Die Vortragenden kamen aus allen Stakeholder Gruppen: Paula Brandmeyer von der Deutschen Umwelthilfe, Rolf Buch von der Vonovia SE und Lothar Fehn Krestas vom Bundesministerium des Inneren. Oliver Rapf stellte außerdem zwei Factsheets vor, die die Vorteile energetischer Sanierung aus Perspektive verschiedener Zielgruppen betrachten (siehe oben). Die vollständigen Ergebnisse des 15-monatigen Projekts „Zusatznutzen als Treiber der energetischen Gebäudesanierung“ werden in einem Abschlussbericht aufbereitet und digital visualisiert.
Wir laden Sie ein, durch eine kurze Umfrage zu unserer Studie über verbindliche Mindestanforderungen für den Gebäudebestand beizutragen

BPIE, CLIMACT, CREARA und das Ecologic Institut führen die Studie "Lessons learned to inform integrated approaches for the renovation and modernisation of the built environment" durch, die von der Europäischen Kommission in Auftrag gegeben wurde. Die Studie hat zum Ziel, die politischen Entscheidungen auf europäischer Ebene vor dem Hintergrund innovativer gebäudebezogener Politiken in den EU-Mitgliedsstaaten und darüber hinaus zu informieren.

In einer Online-Umfrage möchte wir Ihre Expertise und Perspektiven sammeln: Was sind die potenziellen Vorteile von verbindlichen Mindestanforderungen für den Gebäudebestand? Was sind die Hauptrisiken? Welches sind die wichtigen Gestaltungsmerkmale? Die Umfrage muss vor dem 10. Mai 2020 abgeschlossen sein und sollte nicht länger als 15-20 Minuten dauern.
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Teilen Sie Ihre Erfahrungen zu den Hemmnissen des Efficiency First Ansatzes und helfen Sie so das Prinzip in die Praxis umzusetzen

Die Europäische Union hat sich dem Efficiency First (E1st) Prinzip verpflichtet, der Reduktion von nachfrageseitigen Ressourcen Vorrang vor Investitionen in Energieinfrastrukturen einzuräumen. Diese Priorität der Efiizienz stellt einen Paradigmenwechsel dar, der bislang nicht systematisch in Energie- und Klimapolitiken verankert ist. BPIE ist Teil des Horizon 2020 Projekts Enefirst, welches genau dies zum Ziel hat.

Konkret wird die Anwendung von E1st in bestehenden Politikinstrumenten momentan analysiert und die Übertragbarkeit internationaler E1st-Ansätze bewertet. 

Mit Ihrer Hilfe, wollen wir die Schwierigkeiten und Hemmnisse bei der Implementierung von E1st-Ansätzen identifizieren und analysieren - nehmen Sie bis zum 8. Mai 2020 an unserer Umfrage teil und tragen Sie dazu bei, das Efficiency First Prinzip in der EU einsatzfähig zu machen.
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Dear friends and colleagues,

The world is vastly different today than it was a few weeks ago. Closing our schools and economies was unthinkable at the beginning of this year. Now as the days go by, we are all feeling the impacts of the emergency measures that have been taken. Uncertainty and disruption in routine are immense challenges to face, and anxiety is difficult to avoid.

However, one of the best ways to cope with anxiety is by taking constructive action within the means available to us. Last week, 13 European environment and climate ministers signed a letter urging for the Green Deal to be central to economic recovery post COVID-19. Additionally, an Alliance of 180 signatories, both MEPs and industry, was created to push for a Green Recovery. This is evidence of a strong political and human will to collectively tackle the crisis in a sustainable way. Now more than ever, cooperation and solidarity are essential ingredients to picking up the pieces and moving forward.

This is also true for the Renovation Wave of the buildings sector. Our most exciting feature in this newsletter is the release of BPIE’s Action Plan for the Renovation Wave. Our Action Plan lays out an evidence-based strategy for the buildings sector with clear guidelines specific to each group along the value chain. The Renovation Wave will require mobilization of many actors, all working towards a common vision.

To this end, this newsletter also features a number of solutions that can help trigger a renovation wave while supporting a sustainable, just, and green economic recovery. Three upcoming webinars in particular, will highlight innovative financing mechanisms for both commercial and industrial buildings, as well as financing solutions and streamlined renovation strategies for homeowners.

Within the BPIE team, we are taking things week by week, often day by day. In a time where uncertainty is at an all-time high, our aim is to focus on our values, and on what we can do, reasonably. In solidarity, one thing at a time, it is possible to adapt to a new reality, all while building a better one.

I hope you are all staying well and safe.

Happy reading,

Oliver Rapf
Executive Director, BPIE

This week BPIE published an Action Plan for all stakeholders which could support economic recovery post COVID-19, and trigger a renovation wave and achieve climate neutrality for Europe’s building stock by 2050: An Action Plan for the Renovation Wave: Collectively achieving sustainable buildings in Europe.

Read BPIE's Action Plan

[Editorial] Beyond the corona darkness: bringing light, air and sustainability into people’s homes
The European Green Deal presented last December recognized that buildings needs an urgent upgrade, not only to fight climate change but also to lift millions of Europeans out of energy poverty and to ensure that buildings provide a healthy and affordable living and working environment, writes Oliver Rapf, Executive Director at BPIE. Read the editorial.


BPIE, CLIMACT, CREARA and Ecologic are carrying out a one-year study “Lessons learned to inform integrated approaches for the renovation and modernisation of the built environment” commissioned by the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy. The study aims to inform policy making at the European level in light of progressive building-related policies implemented in EU Member States and beyond. Policy instruments in 23 countries and regions are being analysed to learn from experiences of existing policies and understand barriers and success conditions for their implementation. In a stakeholder engagement process, BPIE wants to gather your expertise and perspectives: what are the potential benefits of mandatory minimum requirements? What are the main risks? Which are the important design features? The survey must be completed before May 10, 2020 and should not take more than 15-20 minutes.

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Getting back to basics. What is climate change and why does it matter?
Whether you are looking for a refresher for yourself, or need help convincing a friend, family member, colleague or local authority, these three animated explainer videos developed by the EU Calc team provide a solid and engaging overview, accessible to children and adults alike. The videos explain what climate change is, why it’s so important to get to net-zero, and how this may be achieved.  Check out the videos and share within your network! Watch the videos.

Starting a Renovation Wave  - New Report from BUILD UPON²

The BUILD UPON² Horizon 2020 project is currently developing a ‘Renovation Strategy Impact Framework’, that will provide cities with a practical tool for monitoring and scaling local renovation initiatives - which is also aligned with national and EU policy requirements. This new report highlights how leading cities and companies are committing to a net zero emissions building stock - and we’re calling on you to join them. Download the report.

Energy Innovation Magazine: Ensuring equal access to energy efficiency through innovative financing
Finance, and access to finance, means the difference between implementing and not implementing energy access to finance means that viable financing solutions are available for all types of projects, spanning different project sizes and ownership structures: residential (homeowners and renters), commercial (business owners, often Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises), and industrial (also business owners, usually larger enterprises). Read the spring edition.

April 21, 15:00 CET - Accelerating the transition to a low-carbon future 

What you will learn:
  • How to extract the most value from a building’s energy assets
  • Which building segments support inclusion of demand-side flexibility with EPC
  • Which countries have the legal framework to support this model now
  • The impact of the dual revenue stream model on occupant comfort and project bankability
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April 21, 12:30 CET - Putting the EU Green Deal in Action

What you will learn:
  • How can innovative financing support implementation of the EU Green Deal?
  • What is home-based financing and the HolaDomus pilot program in Catalonia?
  • What are on-bill schemes and the goals of the RenOnBill project?
Register here

April 23, 11.00 CET - How can EU Member States implement iBRoad?

Join the webinar to learn:
  • What is the iBroadIndividual Building Renovation Roadmap” for homeowners, and how does it work?
  • What were the results of the iBroad field tests in Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal and Germany?
  • How can this approach can be further implemented in other Member States to help simplify and scale up home renovation?
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[Webinar]: How to measure the value of carbon performance in commercial real estate?
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Dear friends and colleagues,
2020 is an important year for BPIE, the year we are officially celebrating our ten-year anniversary as an organisation. We have come a long way from our humble beginnings. Initially a project of the European Climate Foundation, eceee, and Climate Works, we are now a financially independent think tank, and a thought leader in our own right, providing decision makers with evidence-based policy

Our anniversary is therefore the opportunity to celebrate this growth, and also to look forward and reflect. Now more than ever we need to scale up building renovations in all sectors, and it is our full intention to support Europe in triggering its renovation wave.  
With this in mind, please pay close attention for an upcoming webinar on our recommendations for the renovation wave which we will announce shortly. We are also rescheduling our 10-year anniversary celebration and reflection  for later in the year – we will send a save-the-date in the near future
This month we were privileged to support the organisation of an expert workshop in Ottawa, with DG Energy and the Ministry of Natural Resources, Canada, within the framework of the Specific Partnerships for Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPIPA).  Another highlight includes a new report defining the concept of “Efficiency First” published in February. The report aims to support policy makers towards implementing the concept across all policies touching buildings and energy systems. Efficiency 1st was enshrined as a guiding principle in the Clean Energy for All (CE4All) package in 2018, however it has yet to be evenly applied precisely due to lack of common definition and understanding of its practical application.
And finally, as the official deadline for the submission of national Long-term renovation strategies is today, we produced a series of country factsheets on the topic within the BuildUpon² project. We are keen to see what member states have produced and will be closely following the process.
Happy reading,
Oliver Rapf
Executive Director

Report: Defining and contextualising Efficiency First 

Efficiency First is not just another name for energy efficiency. It is a decision-making tool that explicitly and systematically considers demand-side alternatives before locking in new supply-side infrastructure. A report — led by RAP for the Horizon 2020 project enefirst — dives deep into Efficiency First and its critical role in the energy transition, offering options for its practical application in the EU. 
Read the report

Survey: Help enefirst identify barriers to E1st implementation!

The enefirst consortium kindly invites you to share your expertise on implementation barriers of E1st policies in the EU in a short online survey.

Survey participation will contribute to a comprehensive implementation strategy for E1st across EU policy to assure cost-effective decarbonisation of the European energy system.

Take the survey

enefirst at a glance - enefirst is now online!

enefirst seeks to provide a common vision of the principle of E1st and a holistic pathway to achieving it. Learn all about the project and follow 
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BPIE is celebrating 10 years! 🎉Watch out for our #BPIETBT campaign on Résultat de recherche d'images pour "twitter logo", we will bring you along BPIE’s achievements over the past 10 years

March 3-4th BPIE shares expertise in Canada-EU exchange in Ottawa. Within the context of the Specific Partnerships for Implementation of the Paris Agreement, BPIE supported DG Energy and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in organizing and moderating the two-day event. European and Canadian policymakers, national and local experts shared best practices with a view to building capacity for implementing building policies at all levels of governance, and explored strategies to increasing uptake of energy efficiency measures in buildings.

Read the press release

EU Calc MOOC:  Explore pathways for buildings as an integrated part of the European energy system 

Learn how the EU Calc model works and explore how buildings can contribute to decarbonising Europe and what impacts they have on other sectors (electricity and industry) and air pollution. 

Watch the MOOC

Long-Term Renovation Strategies, country by country! BUILDUPON2 Fact Sheets

Long-term renovation strategies (LTRS), developed at national level, go hand-in-hand with local building renovation initiatives. These country factsheets, prepared by BPIE national Green Building Councils for the H2020 project Build Upon2, identify which levels of governance must cooperate during the design and implementation of long-term renovation strategies across 8 countries: Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey, and the UK. 

Download the factsheets

Our Buildings: Financial Guidance now available in Romanian and Bulgarian

The guidance, available in EnglishRomanian and Bulgarian, and developed under the framework of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI)  project Our Buildings, maps available financial schemes for energy efficiency improvements in buildings focusing on accessibility of funding in Romanian and Bulgarian municipalities.

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Syn.ikia project kicks off in Trondheim, Norway!

In Greek, “Syn” means plus and “ikia” means home. All together brings the word "synikia", which means neighbourhood. Syn.ikia, a new H2020 project that kicked off last month, aims to increase the proportion of sustainable plus neighbourhoods with surplus renewable energy in different contexts, climates and markets in Europe. The project also seeks to stimulate behaviour change and citizen engagement. Led by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Syn.ikia brings together expertise from across Europe, including DTU, BPIE, SINTEF, Housing Europe, IREC, OBOS, Area, Incasol, TNO, ENFOR, ABUD, and BP18.
Website available soon, stay tuned!
Carbon performance and real estate value – How to measure the potential of investing in low-carbon buildings?
The rise of sustainability on both the business and policy agendas is accompanied by increasing requests for property owners, investors and managers to better assess the financial and risk implications of carbon emissions.

Join Deneff, PwC and BPIE in a presentation of an impact-based approach to real estate valuation that demonstrates how carbon performance can affect real estate value and helps real estate owners measure and understand the potential of investing in low-carbon buildings.
Register now
3 April, Berlin - Trilogue on multiple benefits of energy efficiency
The DBU-funded project on Multiple benefits as a driver of energy-efficient building renovation (Zusatznutzen als Treiber der energetischen Gebäudesanierung) out by the Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform and BPIE, seeks to analyse how multiple benefits can incorporated into concrete decision-making and advisory tools such as building renovation passports. The event in Berlin will present the preliminary project results and discuss further implementation options with various stakeholders from politics, the business sector, civil society and academia.
C4E forum, Poiana Brasov, Romania, 3-6 June 2020, - Registration and Call for Presentations are open!
The 2020 edition of C4E Forum is organised by the Pro-nZEB Cluster in partnership with Chance for Buildings and the European Climate Foundation.
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In the run up to EU member states’ deadline to submit their long-term renovation strategies on March 10th, Szymon Firlag, Senior Expert at BPIE, discusses Poland’s requirements for building modernization, in particular, single family homes. Today in Poland, the condition of single-family houses is poor, 70 percent requires thermomodernization, while only 1 percent can be considered energy efficient.
Architecture and Construction, Spain, sites BPIE’s recommendations for the EU Green Deal in a call to decarbonise Spain’s buildings and cities, while also maintaining affordable housing.
CER - Center of Energy Efficient Solutions conference
6 March, 10.00 to 15.00, Ljubljana

IENE Conference on Energy Efficiency in public buildings
Friday 20 March, Athens, Greece

Trialog “Gesundheit, Klimaschutz, Wertsteigerung – Wie Zusatznutzen die energetische Gebäudesanierung vorantreiben können”
April 3, 9:00 to 15:00, Berlin, Germany
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Dear reader,

The distant future has become the present, and in the blink of an eye. It is now 2020, and we are at a critical juncture in climate and human history.
The Von der Leyen Commission has understood this, and the unveiling of its European Green Deal (EGD) is an important milestone for Europe. The EGD has committed the European Union to becoming the first climate-neutral bloc in the world by 2050. For the buildings sector, the EGD’s proposition of a “Renovation Wave” responds to a critical and urgent need: according to the European Commission’s December report, the EU deep renovation rate currently stands at a mere 0.2% annually. This is shockingly low considering that 40% of total energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in Europe come from buildings.
The challenge ahead is great. However, this new political cycle represents the opportunity to collectively shape an ambitious Renovation Wave strategy to reach our climate objectives. In this newsletter, we are pleased to share some of BPIE’s latest work that shows, in practical terms, how the buildings sector can become climate-neutral by 2050 – from implementation of Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS) in EU member states, to industrial deep renovation best practices and financing schemes to upscale residential retrofit.
Finally – 2020 brings us BPIE’s 10 year anniversary which calls for celebration, and most critically, reflection. Please stay tuned for more information, which will follow in the coming weeks.
We wish you a very happy new year and a smooth – and sustainable - entrance into the next decade.

Happy reading,

Oliver Rapf
BPIE Discussion Paper: Buildings should be at the heart of the European Green Deal. Here’s why. 

The European Green Deal (EGD) offers the opportunity to create a carbon-neutral Europe, a fairer society and a reinvigorated industrial powerhouse.
Europe’s citizens must be at its heart – and nowhere is this more apparent than the buildings sector.

Buildings are where we spend most of our time, and much of our money: for those who can afford it, buying a house is likely to be the biggest investment of a lifetime.

In this paper we outline 7 recommendations. 

Read the discussion paper 
[Report] How to include building renovation in your Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan

This report, written by BPIE and published for the H2020 project Build Upon2, maps possible synergies between local and national level policy objectives, namely SECAPs and LTRS (Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans, and Long Term Renovation Plans, respectively) and provides suggestions on how local renovation initiatives can be duly taken into account in the drafting and implementation of LTRS, in order to create strong renovation policy in the buildings sector.

Member States are required to prepare Long-Term Renovation Strategies to achieve a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.

At the same time, regional and local authorities play a large role in leading and achieving EU climate initiatives, not only in drafting and implementing building policy, but often in implementing even more ambitious local targets.

Read the report


DG Energy Report: Comprehensive study of building energy renovation activities and the uptake of nearly zero-energy buildings in the EU

The report, published in December 2019, shows the deep renovation rate across the EU is currently very low, at only  0.2% - with very little variation in individual Member States.

Read the report

Scaling homeowner-centric renovation platform dependent on implementation of ambitious Long-Term Renovation Strategies in Member States, reports Turnkey Retrofit

The latest report published by Turnkey Retrofit analyses factors that encourage implementation of one-stop-shops, homeowner-centric renovation journeys in France, Ireland and Spain, through detailed analysis covering Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental factors.

While opportunities and barriers vary across countries, the report highlights the fundamental role of effective policy: Political stability, clear and ambitious political priorities, and effective implementation of Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS) are crucial to bring streamlined, customer-centric platforms to reality.

Read the report

Can on-bill schemes be replicated in Europe? RenOnBill analyses and compares schemes from all over the world to identiy key issues to be addressed.

RenOnBill aims to introduce on-bill schemes as a powerful tool for financing energy efficiency in the residential sector. Its new report introduces the fundamentals of on-bill schemes, demonstrating their suitability for large scale replication of small investments in residential buildings. The report provides a detailed overview and comparative analysis of schemes that successfully support residential energy renovations in North America, Europe, and in developing countries, highlighting key issues to be addressed to ensure the replicability and scalability of these schemes in the EU. Eager to know more about the project?
Have a look at the RenOnBill brochure, available in EnglishItalian, GermanLithuanian and Spanish.

Read the report
Industrial net-zero renovation in Europe: Case studies from the Netherlands, France and UK

The Energiesprong business model tackles industrial renovation with prefabricated elements. This approach has great potential to achieve accelerated, cost-effective and deep refurbishment of existing buildings, while effectively addressing the shortage of skilled labour in the construction sector and accelerating deep renovation of the building stock. The approach is characterised by the pre-prefabrication of construction modules, innovative process optimisation and digital planning, implementation and monitoring.
Developed in the Netherlands a few years ago, Energiesprong has carried out a series of renovation of residential buildings to a net-zero energy consumption level within a short period of time. This factsheet analyses the success factors of its market introduction based on experience in the Netherlands, France, and the UK.

Read the factsheet
X-tendo website is up! Come have a look and discover what X-tendo is about

The H2020 project X-tendo, standing for ''eXTENDing the energy performance assessment and certification schemes via a mOdular approach'', will support public authorities and implementing agencies in the transition towards improved compliance, reliability, usability and convergence of next-generation energy performance assessment and certification.

How will X-tendo reach this objective? By designing a modular web-based toolbox, containing 10 potential features of the next-generation EPC. Visit the website to learn more.
EUCalc Cop21 Ripples - Can the European Green Deal drive us towards a Low Emission Society? Policy Dialogue

When: Thursday, 30 January 2020, (09.30 registration) 9.45 - 16.00
Where: EASME, Covent Garden Building, Place Rogier 16, Brussels
In the context of the European Green Deal, this even aims to investigate the main gaps and opportunities to enhance EU policy-making towards a Paris Agreement-compatible world. Based on COP21 RIPPLES and EUCalc project outcomes, discussion will focus on how, through practical action, the EU can strengthen its domestic and international efforts for a fair and effective transition towards carbon neutrality.

The deadline for registration is January 23rd - Register here
Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum – Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place, 18- 19 February 2020, Brussels, Belgium

The Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum – Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place, is the biggest event of its kind of Europe, showcasing successful projects on financing climate adaptation, energy efficiency, clean mobility and innovative energy planning, as well as initiatives working across Europe to facilitate the market for climate and sustainable energy finance.
Make sure to find us in two parallel sessions:  We will present on homeowner-centric renovation solutions as part of the Financing home renovation session, and new business models for active buildings as part of the Financing energy efficiency – sources of value.

Register here
European Energy Efficiency Conference, 4-6 March 2020, Wels, Austria 

The European Energy Efficiency Conference held from 4-6 March 2020 in the context of the World Sustainable Energy Days in Wels/Austria is a leading international event on achieving global climate neutrality. The conference will bring together expertise and know-how from all over the world to participants from all over the world.

Each year, over 400 participants from more than 50 countries gather in Wels/Austria for this event. More than half of the participants come from outside Austria and Germany. The 2020 edition of the conference offers you a line-up of over 60 speakers from around the globe including China, Arabia and the USA.

Register now!
seeSUSTAINtec 2020, 7-9 April, Sofia, Bulgaria – Register to attend the H2020 AmBIENCe workshop

seeSUSTAINtec is an international exhibition and forum for Energy Efficiency, Renewables, Waste Management and Air Quality in Bulgaria. The event aims to achieve a positive “domino effect” – to popularize a wider range of solutions, services and model examples, while also provoking interest in consumers and investors towards sustainable change. Within the framework of the exhibit, AmBIENCe will host a workshop on April 7th,  on innovative business in the context of Energy Performance Contracting for Active Buildings.  More details will be available soon.
Learn more and register
C4E forum, 3-6 June 2020, Poiana Brasov, Romania - Registration and Call for Presentations are open!
The 2020 edition of C4E Forum is organised by the Pro-nZEB Cluster in partnership with Chance for Buildings and the European Climate Foundation.

Register by 31st of January 2020 to take advantage of the early bird registration fee, or submit your presentation outline to present at one of the panel sessions.
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Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

Mit der Verabschiedung des Klimaschutzgesetzes haben wir nun verbindliche Sektorziele zur Treibhausgasminderung – zumindest für 2030. Ihre Umsetzung erfordert ambitionierte Energieeinsparungen im Gebäudesektor und eine schnelle Erhöhung der Sanierungsrate. Leider leistet das im Kabinett verabschiedete Gebäudeenergiegesetz keinen wesentlichen Beitrag dazu und verpasst es auch, einen langfristigen Zielhorizont aufzuzeigen.

Die im Klimaschutzprogramm 2030 erhaltenen Maßnahmen für den Gebäudesektor sollen in großen Teilen noch in diesem Jahr verabschiedet werden und lassen auf erhöhte Sanierungstätigkeiten im kommenden Jahr hoffen. Positiv überrascht waren wir von der Förderung der Seriellen Sanierung. Dieses Thema greift auch unser Factsheet „Serielle Nettonull-Sanierung in Europa“ auf und fasst die Erfahrungen des Energiesprong Geschäftsmodells zusammen.

Nun kommt es darauf an, die Langfristige Renovierungsstrategie, die laut EPBD 2018 im März 2020 vorgelegt werden muss, strategisch für einen ambitionierten Klimaschutz im Gebäudesektor zu nutzen und umfangreich zu konsultieren. Lesen Sie unser Policy Brief dazu.

Wir freuen uns darauf, mit Ihnen in einen intensiven Austausch über die nun anstehenden und klimapolitisch notwendigen nächsten Schritte zu kommen. Gelegenheiten dazu wird es viele geben, zum Beispiel bei unserem Workshop zu den Zusatznutzen energetischer Gebäudesanierung im Bereich der selbstgenutzten Immobilien am 23. Januar 2020.

Ihnen allen eine gute Vorweihnachtszeit

Ihre Sibyl Steuwer


  [Policy Brief] Langfristige Renovierungsstrategien – Strategische Planung für Klimaschutz im Gebäudesektor

Mit der Erneuerung der EU Gebäuderichtlinie EPBD (2010/31/EU) wurde die Pflicht der Mitgliedsstaaten zur Erstellung langfristiger Renovierungsstrategien erweitert. Die Implementierung auf nationaler Ebene soll mit einem breit angelegten Konsultationsprozess verbunden sein, der auch in Deutschland zeitnah eingeleitet werden muss.

Dieser neue Policy Brief fasst einige ausgewählte Anforderungen der EPBD hinsichtlich der langfristigen Renovierungsstrategien zusammen und weist auf die wichtigsten Punkte hin, die die Bundesregierung angehen sollte, um die Chance einer ambitionierten Klimapolitik im Gebäudesektor zu nutzen.

[Innovation Brief] Serielle Nettonull-Sanierung in Europa – Erfahrungen des Energiesprong Ansatzes aus den Niederlanden, Frankreich und GB

Die industrielle Vorfertigung von Fassaden, verbunden mit einer innovativen Prozessoptimierung und der Digitalisierung der Planung, der Ausführung und des Monitorings birgt große Chancen, die Kosten von Gebäudesanierung zu senken und dem Fachkräftemangel in der Bauindustrie effektiv zu begegnen.

Der Energiesprong Ansatz aus den Niederlanden übersetzt die serielle Sanierung in ein erfolgreiches Geschäftsmodell, welches bereits auf die Gegebenheiten in Frankreich und Großbritannien übertragen wurde. Dieses Factsheet fasst die Erfahrungen von serieller Nettonullsanierung nach dem Energiesprong Geschäftsmodell zusammen und zeigt die wichtigsten Erfolgsfaktoren, wie Prozessinnovationen und eine Qualitätssicherung durch digitales Monitoring, die eine erfolgreiche Markteinführung unterstützen.

[Policy Brief] 11 Punkte für einne klimafreundlichen Gebäudesektor

Das Klimakabinett hat seine Pläne für neue Maßnahmen im Klimaschutz Ende September vorgestellt. Aus diesem Anlass hat BPIE „11 Punkte für einen klimafreundlichen Gebäudesektor“ zusammengestellt. Maßnahmen und Instrumente müssen langfristig wirksam und verlässlich in der Zielerreichung sein. Hierfür ist ein Gesamtkonzept nötig, welches die vielen bestehenden und neu zu verabschiedenden Maßnahmen miteinander in Zusammenhang bringt. Die Gebäude, die heute gebaut oder renoviert werden, werden höchstwahrscheinlich nicht vor 2050 wieder einer gründlichen Sanierung unterzogen. Maßnahmen und Instrumente müssen daher langfristig wirksam und verlässlich in der Zielerreichung sein.

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[Discussion paper] Building renovation in the Clean Energy Package: implications at local, national and EU levels

Das Clean Energy Package der EU ist ein umfassendes Paket von Gesetzgebungen, das die europäische Klima- und Energiepolitik für 2020 und darüber hinaus definiert. Sie besteht aus acht verschiedenen Rechtsakten, die darauf abzielen, die Energiewende in Europa zu beschleunigen.

Dieser Bericht, der im Rahmen des H2020-Projekts Build Upon² veröffentlicht wurde, analysiert einige der wichtigsten Änderungen, die die Politik im Gebäudesektor in den kommenden Jahrzehnten beeinflussen werden. Insbesondere werden die EPBD (Energy Performance of Building Directive), die EED (Energy Efficiency Directive), die RED (Renewable Energy Directive) und die GOV (Governance Regulation) betrachtet.
[Report] Benchmarking promising experiences of integrated renovation services in Europe

Die Renovierung von Bestandsgebäuden kann zu erheblichen Energieeinsparungen führen und eine Schlüsselrolle bei der Erreichung des europäischen Klimaziels von 2050 spielen. Gleichzeitig ist der Bausektor entscheidend für das Wirtschaftswachstum und die Beschäftigung in Europa.

Eine fragmentierte Wertschöpfungskette erschwert es dem Bauherrn, Renovierungsarbeiten vorherzusagen und deren Kosten zu schätzen. Durch die Vereinfachung des Renovierungsprozesses für Eigentümer kann die Nachfrage nach energetischen Sanierungen steigen.

Im Rahmen des Horizon2020 finanzierten Projekts Turnkey Retrofit entstand dieser Report, in dem der Forschungsstand zu One-Stop-Shops und integrierten Renovierungs-dienstleistungen beschrieben wird.
Future-proof buildings for all Europeans – A guide to implement the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Zwei Drittel des europäischen Gebäudebestands wurden vor 1980 gebaut: Etwa 97% der Gebäude der EU müssen renoviert werden, um das Klimaziel von 2050 zu erreichen, aber nur 0,4-1,2% werden jedes Jahr saniert.

Die geänderte Richtlinie über die Gesamtenergieeffizienz von Gebäuden (EPBD) gibt eine klare Richtung für die vollständige Dekarbonisierung des europäischen Gebäudebestands bis 2050 vor. Sie bietet den Mitgliedstaaten ein klares Ziel und die Instrumente, es zu erreichen. Dieses umfassende Toolkit bietet Leitlinien, Tipps, Fallstudien und Vorlagen, um die EU-Mitgliedstaaten bei der Umsetzung der Richtlinie zu unterstützen und zu inspirieren, sich dieser Herausforderung zu stellen.
28. November: BPIE beim Stakeholder Meeting zur EPBD 19a in Brüssel

Laut Artikel 19a der erneuerten EU Gebäudeenergieeffizienz Richtlinie (EPBD) fertigt die Europäische Kommission bis 2020 eine Machbarkeitsstudie zur Einführung einer Inspektion von eigenständigen Lüftungsanlagen sowie eines Gebäuderenovierungspasses (Building Renovation Passport, BRP) an. Nach einer ersten Stakeholder Sitzung im Juni, bei der die teilnehmenden Experten den aktuellen Stand bestehender Regularien in Bezug auf die Inspektion von eigenständigen Lüftungssystemen und optionale Renovierungspässe diskutierten, wird diese Sitzung am Donnerstag, 28. November, die durchgeführten Analysen vorstellen und die Relevanz, Durchführbarkeit und den möglichen Umfang von Maßnahmen auf EU-Ebene diskutieren.

Sie haben die Möglichkeit das Stakeholder Meeting hier online zu verfolgen.
Workshop: Zusatznutzen im Eigenheim messbar machen

Ende Oktober fand der erste Expertenworkshop des DBU-geförderten Projekts Zusatznutzen als Treiber der energetischen Gebäudesanierung im Rahmen des Symposiums  "Valuing the multiple benefits of energy efficiency" statt. Am 23. Januar findet nun der zweite Workshop für Eigenheimbesitzer*innen - dies können Einfamilienhäuser oder Eigentumswohnungen sein - und Energieberater*innen statt, den wir gemeinsam mit der Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform in Berlin ausrichten. Wir wollen eine Diskussion über die zielgruppenspezifischen Nutzen und gesundheitlichen Vorteile von Sanierungsmaßnahmen im selbstgenutzten Wohneigentum führen und eine Entwicklung von Indikatoren zu deren Quantifizierung anstoßen.

Die Einladungen zu diesem Workshop werden zeitnah verschickt.
COP 25: BPIE bei der UNFCCC Klimakonferenz

BPIE veranstaltet in Kooperation mit dem Global Building Performance Network (GBPN), der UCL und der Ukraine State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Savings das Side-Event Moving towards zero carbon buildings solutions, tools and progress from all around the world, das am 3. Dezember, 18:30 – 20:00, stattfindet. Treffen können Sie uns auch bei Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) sowie beim Launch des Global Status Report der Global Alliance for Building and Construction (GABC). Mehr Informationen zu allen gebäuderelevanten Veranstaltungen finden Sie hier.
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