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Dear reader, 

2 weeks ago, the European Commission published the Renovation Wave, a comprehensive list of actions to overcome the renovation blockage in Europe. It is a call to action for everyone in the sector, and we have taken a thorough look at it and are suggesting specific steps in our new briefing.  

The Renovation Wave actions are not abstract, they have a real relevance for our daily lives. Just look at the public debate about the right level of ventilation in classrooms. Wouldn’t it be appropriate to renovate schools to a level where an efficient and clean ventilation system would be a standard in every school? And would it not be a motivation for owners and investors to renovate if they simply had more information about the performance of their building, also compared to similar buildings? 

Two projects with BPIE involvement are providing an answer to this question - check out the recent publications on Digital Building Logbooks and on the future of Energy Performance Certificates. And we are proposing further innovations to increase momentum in the Renovation Wave, such as new models for Energy Performance Contracts which reward energy demand management in addition to energy savings. 

I hope our work is inspiring to get the Renovation Wave rolling and keeps us all focused and engaged in the challenge ahead, as we are forced to stay in our home offices and manage the increasing lock down measures all over Europe. 

Stay safe and healthy, and keep in touch! 

Kind regards,

Oliver Rapf 
Executive Director, BPIE
RENOVATION WAVE ANALYSIS
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.
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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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 FOCUS ON: BUILDING LOGBOOKS
New report from European Commission provides first-ever, common definition of a European Digital Building Logbook
 
The lack of common repository for all relevant building data amounts to additional costs and inefficiencies, stifled innovation, increased risk and low investor confidence. A Digital Building Logbook could overcome this through increased data transparency and availability to a broad range of market players.
The new report is part of a study commissioned by EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), on the development of a European Union framework for a Digital Building Logbook. Written by BPIE, with important contributions from Vito and R2M Solution, the report represents an important first step towards developing an EU framework for a Digital Building Logbook, a key element in the European Commission’s Renovation Wave strategy, presented on October 14th. 
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Building logbooks, financing options and comfort are the most relevant features for new energy performance certificates according to end-users in five countries, X-tendo survey shows
Understanding end-user perspectives is crucial for the development and roll-out of new features for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). Without a full insight into what end-users want and need for the next generation of EPCs it will be difficult to make effective use of these new features.

X-tendo has conducted a survey with (potential future) building owners and occupants in Denmark, Greece, Poland, Portugal and Romania on their needs, expectations, and views on the innovative features of next-generation EPCs.
Responses vary depending on categories including age, employment, tenure, and financial situation, as does interest in specific EPC features. For example, younger people are more interested in smart technologies and good indoor air quality (especially families with children), while older age groups were more interested in comfort, real energy consumption, building documentation and renovation information in general. 

As for the features of EPCs, building logbooks, financing options, and comfort are the most relevant features, followed by tailored recommendations and one-stop-shops.
 
Read the report
 HIGHLIGHTS
Assessment of enhanced Energy Performance Contracts and building demand response services in Europe

The H2020 project AmBIENCe conducted an assessment of enhanced energy performance contracts and building Demand Response (DR) services in Europe, with the main goal to analyse the directives, policies and measures in place, as well as those under consideration, at EU level and across EU Member States.

The report states that DR and consumer empowerment are integral parts of the Energy Union and the Clean Energy Package for all Europeans because they help to reach a competitive, secure, and sustainable economy.

A detailed country analysis shows that in terms of ESCO/energy performance contracting development, the most advanced countries in Europe are Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and United Kingdom, which are characterized by a more mature market fostered by a well-developed legal framework addressing energy performance contracting and a wider variety of offerings and project facilitators. 
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Untapping multiple benefits: hidden values in environmental and building policies - JRC Technical Report 

The untapped / hidden benefits of environmental policies are huge, this piece of research showcases and places a monetary value on the added benefits to our health, society and the economy that environmental investments and policy linked to energy efficiency can bring.

Findings show that green policies can improve both our health and the economy and can go hand-in-hand. This study provides guidance to policy and decision-makers in developing a methodology for the inclusion of multiple benefits in a cost/benefit assessment of energy efficiency policy. 
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Insights into Syn.ikia’s concept and Sustainable Plus Energy Neighbourhoods
How can plus energy neighbourhoods be the key to environment friendly, climate resilient, safe & affordable living places and communities? The H2020 Syn.ikia project aims to increase the proportion of sustainable neighbourhoods with surplus renewable energy in different contexts, climates and markets in Europe. In four real-life Sustainable Plus Energy Neighbourhoods in Norway, Spain, The Netherlands and Austria, syn.ikia will demonstrate the concept to the rest of Europe.
Learn more about syn.ikia by viewing the project’s video in English, with subtitles available in Norwegian, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan and Hungarian
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ACTIVE MANAGED BUILDINGS & ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACTS, FLEXCON2020, 28 October 2020

The H2020 project AmBIENCe will host a workshop during the FLEXCON2020 online conference to discuss about business models and energy performance contracts. This workshop is part of the FLEXCON series of weekly digital Smart Energy tracks. 

The integration of demand response in Energy Performance Contracts is the main focus of AmBIENCe : Energy Service Companies (ESCO’s) are definitely keen on financing energy efficiency measures in their customers’ buildings, but find it hard to estimate the value of energy flexibility. The ABEPeM (Active Building Energy Performance Modelling) tool, which is being developed by AmBIENCe, will help the ESCO to calculate the operational cost savings and return on investment of renovations and smart control of assets. This webinar will present the newest insights on the active building energy performance contracting concept and methodology and introduce the ABEPeM tool.

FLEXCON, organized by the Flexiblepower Alliance Network (FAN) and smartEn, brings together parties who share the common goal to engage consumers in the flexible energy revolution. Their workshops and inclusive talks relate to new smart energy services and business models, with topics like smart grids, blockchain, energy markets, demand response, transactive energy, smart homes etc.
Register here
Sustainable Places conference, 27-30 October 2020

Renowned for showcasing results coming out of the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme via the participation of cutting-edge research and innovation projects, the scope of Sustainable Places involves designing, building and retrofitting the places we live and work in a more sustainable way. 
Sustainable Places is a platform for the dissemination of research, the conduct of workshops, EU project clustering and networking between stakeholders of all types. SP2020 will be held over four days in digital event format. Between opening and closing keynote sessions, parallel technical sessions and project-organized workshops will be held on conference topic areas. Register to get to know better the H2020 projects X-tendo, AmBIENCe and Turnkey Retrofit.
 
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REHVA Brussels Summit 2020 - Online Conference
5th November 2020, 9:00 - 11:00 am

The 2020 edition of its Brussels Summit conference must also go online with an adapted structure. The event will consist of two 2-hours sessions. A technical seminar on COVID-19 aftermath will discuss solutions in the HVAC and building sector that faces the unprecedented challenge of the current pandemic with a focus on practical implementation. The following EU policy conference will focus on the Renovation wave tackling key issues in our sector: how EU policies support good quality energy renovation that delivers guaranteed performances also in terms of improved indoor climate quality. We aim to bring together high-level representatives of EU institution and leading representatives of think thanks and NGOs, from the “practitioners” side.

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EUKI Academy Web Seminar: The Renovation Wave under the EU Green Deal: New Policy Windows for Accelerating and Financing Building Renovation at the Municipal Level
19th November, 2020, 10:00 – 11:00 am

The EUKI Academy web seminar will present new possibilities that will arise in the coming month for decarbonising the European building stock. Among other things, the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) will be revised in 2021 in view of the new proposals of the renovation wave.

The event will present some important changes that have been announced to boost renovation efforts across Europe. One focus will be on the financing of deep renovation of municipal buildings and the presentation of the results of the EUKI project "Our Buildings".

If you are interested please contact germany@bpie.eu.

World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) 2021, 24-26 February 2021, Wels (Austria) and online

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. The conference will be a "hybrid event" and will combine in-person and digital events. The H2020 AmBIENCe project will participate with a workshop: more information coming soon!
Green solutions Awards 2021: applications are open!

BPIE is proud to renew its partnership with the #GreenSolutions Awards 2021. Professionals are invited to submit their best projects to the organisers from Construction21: the buildings, districts, and infrastructures in competition, as well as sustainable solutions that these exemplary projects integrate, will benefit from wide visibility on the platform and social media. The objective is to promote efficient climate solutions to contribute to their adoption by as many professionals as possible and thus accelerate the ecological transition of the sector. The registration of your case studies is free.
More information here.
Central & Eastern European-Energy Efficiency Forum, 21-24 April 2021, Poiana Brasov (Romania)

The 2021 C4E Forum 2020 will offer an engaging blend of practical parallel sessions, workshops, high-level plenaries, a slot for DIY sessions and plenty of social and networking opportunities.

See the programme outline here.


 
 IN THE NEWS
EU Wants to Use Green Stimulus To Clean Up CO2-Spewing Buildings

The commission wants to increase the average rate of energy renovation to 2% per year by 2030 from the current 1%, according to the EU documents. That would mean upgrades of 35 million buildings over the next 10 years, a move that would not only benefit the environment but also create as many as 160,000 green jobs.


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How Data can Unlock Europe’s Renovation Revolution

The COVID-19 wake-up call has shifted EU sustainability policy from ambition to action. We have seen decision-makers strive for recovery packages that can both deliver on climate goals and rescue turbulent economies. The EU had already set much of this in motion with its Green Deal and target-based climate law.


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Dear reader, 

Climate change is knocking on our front door. The impacts are felt everywhere, from heatwaves and droughts in Europe, to apocalyptic fires in Australia and the American West Coast, to the disintegration of the Greenlandic ice sheet. Ursula von der Leyen’s proposal to reduce Europe’s CO₂ emissions by at least 55% in 2030 is a step in the right direction and has the renovation wave at its center. It is reassuring to hear her message, but it needs to be followed up by a bold Renovation Wave Action Plan, because renovation action is simply too low.

Our current analysis of national Long-Term Renovation Strategies shows that only one out of 14 published strategies is fully compliant. While many strategies contain good elements, we often found a lack of a strategic plan how to trigger much deeper and faster renovation. My hope is that the European Commission and the national governments are aware that people expect political leadership not only in words but also in action.

Launching a European Renovation Wave with clear actions and a timetable would be a strong signal. One such action could be a much better use of energy service business models. Our new report finds that many national energy service markets are immature and would benefit from a supportive regulatory environment.

Much remains to be done, and I am looking forward to an intensive autumn which should bring us some breakthroughs. We need them, you know why. 

Kind regards, 

Oliver Rapf 
Executive Director, BPIE
FOCUS ON: KICK-STARTING THE RENOVATION WAVE
A review of EU Member States’ 2020 Long-term Renovation Strategies
BPIE’s latest report highlights that more than half of EU Member States are six months late to submit their national Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS), a key element of Europe’s strategy to decarbonise the building stock. Of those submitted only one is fully compliant with EU legislation.

Analysis on the 14 submitted LTRS reveals that Member States are deficient in assessing the wider benefits of building renovations, in presenting the implementation details of the 2017 renovation strategies, or in consulting with the public on the strategy and its implementation. 
The analysis concludes that many Member States still do not seem to prioritise action in the building sector, which is central to climate mitigation and to improving living conditions of Europeans, with the urgency that is needed.

Second, those Member States that still do not have a fully-fledged LTRS could miss the opportunity to access new funds from the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility to help finance its implementation.

Third, a delay in LTRS submission hampers and slows down the work of the European Commission, which still lacks a full up-to date picture of progress (and future plans) on building renovations in each EU country.
On a more positive note, the report draws attention to a number of strategies that deserve singling out for overall performance, or that addressed sections of EPBD Article 2a particularly well, which could be used as examples for other Member States to follow.

These include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and Spain. Spain in particular is the only country found to be fully compliant,  receiving a high score (4 or 5) against most clauses.

Generally, the level of detail provided was excellent. Of particular note is the treatment of energy savings and wider benefits, and a detailed exposition of progress with implementing the 2017 strategy.  
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 HIGHLIGHTS
The role of the Energy Services market in the Renovation Wave and economic recovery   

Energy service companies (ESCOs) can play a key role in achieving EU economic recovery while aligning investment with the objectives of the European Green Deal, by facilitating immediate, short-term action, as well as long-term energy savings through energy performance contracts (EnPCs).

This report provides an overview of the ESCO market in Europe, followed by concrete policy recommendations to expedite the growth of the ESCO market in Europe.

 

The report argues that the European Commission's Renovation Wave initiative for buildings, expected for October 2020, should put an accent on the importance of EnPCs as a key tool to deliver the necessary renovations, starting from the need to implement existing provisions across different legislation (i.e. the Energy Efficiency Directive).

The Renovation Wave should also provide an assessment of eventual gaps and opportunities to mainstream EnPCs further, including support for local authorities such as specific technical assistance to aggregate residential renovations through EnPCs.
Download the report
WEBINARS AND EVENTS
UNEP and Global ABC Webinar - Green Buildings vs. The Crisis
23 September | 15:30 (CET)

Stimulus programmes for the building sector can boost a Green Recovery after Covid-19. Over 10% of global GDP and 220 million jobs depend on the building sector globally. The programmes can be highly effective to stimulate the economy, while moving the whole sector to a new and greener state. 

Practitioners and development banks present successful green building programmes and discuss possibilities for financing them. The event is organised by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction and its Work Area on Finance.  
Register here
ACTIVE MANAGED BUILDINGS & ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACTS, FLEXCON2020, 28 October 2020

The H2020 project AmBIENCe will host a workshop during the FLEXCON2020 online conference to discuss about business models and energy performance contracts. This workshop is part of the FLEXCON series of weekly digital Smart Energy tracks. 

The integration of demand response in Energy Performance Contracts is the main focus of AmBIENCe : Energy Service Companies (ESCO’s) are definitely keen on financing energy efficiency measures in their customers’ buildings, but find it hard to estimate the value of energy flexibility. The ABEPeM (Active Building Energy Performance Modelling) tool, which is being developed by AmBIENCe, will help the ESCO to calculate the operational cost savings and return on investment of renovations and smart control of assets. This webinar will present the newest insights on the active building energy performance contracting concept and methodology and introduce the ABEPeM tool.

FLEXCON, organized by the Flexiblepower Alliance Network (FAN) and smartEn, brings together parties who share the common goal to engage consumers in the flexible energy revolution. Their workshops and inclusive talks relate to new smart energy services and business models, with topics like smart grids, blockchain, energy markets, demand response, transactive energy, smart homes etc.
Register here
Sustainable Places 2020, 28-30 October 2020 

Renowned for showcasing results coming out of the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme via the participation of cutting-edge research and innovation projects, the scope of Sustainable Places involves designing, building and retrofitting the places we live and work in a more sustainable way. 
Sustainable Places is a platform for the dissemination of research, the conduct of workshops, EU project clustering and networking between stakeholders of all types. SP2020 will be held over four days in digital event format. Between opening and closing keynote sessions, parallel technical sessions and project-organized workshops will be held on conference topic areas. Register to get to know better the H2020 projects X-tendo, AmBIENCe and Turnkey Retrofit.
 
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World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) 2021, 24-26 February 2021, Wels (Austria) and online

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. The conference will be a "hybrid event" and will combine in-person and digital events.  You can submit your contribution until October 12, 2020 at this link. The H2020 AmBIENCe project will participate with a workshop: more information will come soon! 
Central & Eastern European-Energy Efficiency Forum, 21-24 April 2021, Poiana Brasov (Romania)

 
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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
FOCUS ON: EU BUILDING POLICY
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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 HIGHLIGHTS
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.
 
Read the Report
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.

 

Read the Report
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
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WHERE TO FIND US
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.
Agenda
  • 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
FOCUS ON: BUILDING RENOVATION - A KICK-STARTER FOR THE EU ECONOMY 
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
 HIGHLIGHTS

[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.

Read the factsheets
WHERE TO FIND US
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.
Register here
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?
Register here
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.
Register here
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

PUBLIKATIONEN

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.

WEBINARE & VERANSTALTUNGEN
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.

Bei Fragen und Anregungen steht Ihnen Adrian Kraft von der DENEFF (adrian.kraft@deneff.org) zur Verfügung.
Hier anmelden
Agenda herunterladen
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.
 
UMFRAGEN
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
FOCUS ON: THE RENOVATION WAVE ACTION PLAN

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.

CALLING ALL EXPERTS: STAKEHOLDER SURVEY 

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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HIGHLIGHTS
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.
 

EVENTS
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?
To register, send an e-mail to contact@ibroad-project.eu
You will receive a confirmation within 24 hours.
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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
FOCUS ON: ENERGY EFFICIENCY FIRST

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 
Visit the website
Download the brochure

Read the press release
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Follow #enefirst on Twitter and Linkedin

BPIE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

 
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
HIGHLIGHTS

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.
 

Read more
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!
EVENTS
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.
Submit your presentation
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