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Dear reader, 

2020 has been an incredibly challenging year, but there is still hope to end it on a high note. We are all eagerly awaiting the European Council’s decision this week on a strengthened 2030 climate target, which would put us on track to reaching climate-neutrality and upholding our Paris Agreement commitments. Whatever the Council’s decision, we know that this is something Europeans deeply want – we want to fight climate change, and we also want health, well-being, and a sustainable, thriving economy.

Fighting climate change calls for ambitious action. Nothing short of total transformation in this decade will bring us to our goal. As we argue in our recent analysis, we need energy efficiency to reach climate goals, and Europe needs to reach at least 3% annual deep (!) renovation by 2030 to achieve 60% CO2 reduction in buildings, in line with the new EU 2030 goal. This must be delivered while increasing  renewable energy in buildings. This may not be easy and requires a complete overhaul of current renovation practices, but as we lost many years where renovation activity did not increase, we have no other choice.

Our December newsletter highlights the magnitude of the change ahead, but also solutions that will make this transformation possible. Implementation of national Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS) are one such area we have mentioned on a number of occasions. Tackling this challenge head on, the Our Buildings project has provided a guidance to support national governments develop their LTRS, with a complementary template enabling local authorities to develop municipal renovation strategies in the focus countries of the project, Bulgaria and Romania.

RenOnBill and Ambience H2020 projects are making the case for two business models supporting the renovation wave – on-bill financing and Active Building Energy Performance Contracting –  with the potential to drive GHG savings and economic opportunity in one go.

We also need better integrated planning across EU policy. 2021 will see the revision of key EU legislation affecting energy efficiency (EED, EPBD and RES directive). The recent report from enefirst highlights 16 international case examples of efficiency first in practice, concluding that implementing the concept at EU level requires a custom set of policy and regulatory instruments.

Clearly - we have our work cut out for us next year, however the solutions are at hand. Now is the time to bring renovation on an industrial scale with innovative technologies and attractive financial support instruments. The billions of Euro which the EU is making available in the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the next EU budget are of unprecedented magnitude. We need to make sure that they are spent for the right solutions - to fight climate change now while supporting economic recovery to the benefits of all Europeans!

Enjoy the reading, 

Oliver Rapf 
Executive Director, BPIE
FOCUS ON - 2030 CLIMATE TARGETS
Europe needs to reach a minimum 3% annual deep renovation rate to achieve a strengthened GHG reduction target and a boost for renewable heating and cooling.

Achieving a higher 2030 climate target requires intensified action in the building sector, according to BPIE’s latest analysis. The analysis comes ahead of the upcoming European Council which will convene on December 10-11. EU leaders are expected to agree a new EU emissions reduction target for 2030 of at least 55% GHG reduction of 1990 levels.  The European Commission has shown that achieving this level of ambition requires 60% GHG emissions reduction of the building stock by 2030.
BPIE’s analysis demonstrates that to achieve the necessary GHG reductions, the current deep renovation rate of 0.2% per year needs to grow by at least a factor 10 to 2% and should approach 3% as quickly as possible. In this scenario, the share of fossil fuel in the energy mix in 2030 should decrease by 57% compared to 2015, while the renewable heat and electricity share should grow to 53% of the final energy demand.  This would deliver an energy saving of almost 25% by 2030 compared to 2015, equivalent to an average energy saving of 2.5% per year
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Our Buildings – Guides for the development of ambitious municipal renovation strategies are now available in English, Romanian and Bulgarian

The Our Buildings project aims at strengthening local policy makers in Bulgaria and Romania to accelerate building energy efficiency efforts by developing municipal renovation strategies. Funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI), the project provided guidance to support national governments to set up their LTRS according to the EPBD. A complementary template enabling local authorities to develop municipal renovation strategies in line with their Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) is now available. All guiding documents are to find online in English, Romanian and Bulgarian on the project webpage.

Recent country activities in Bulgaria and Romania led by Our Buildings are successfully mobilizing municipalities towards accelerating building renovation. In Bulgaria, Our Buildings’ project partner Eneffect finalized local renovation strategies in 4 pilot municipalities. To showcase the Building Renovation Roadmaps methodology, the project consortium plans to carry out energy audits and develop Renovation Roadmaps for an energy-intensive building in each of the pilot cities.  In Romania, 32 municipal policy makers and EU experts came together in a national conference jointly organized by Our Building partner OER and Energy Cities. The active discussion revealed the commitment to accelerated renovation activities at the local level and agreed on a close collaboration between central and municipal governments.
Read more about the country activities in Bulgaria and Romania, now available in the EUKI Community.
RenOnBill report - Upscaling the residential sector with on-bill schemes - Replicability potential in the EU

On-bill schemes may represent a breakthrough for the energy market, according to a new report by the H2020 project RenOnBill. The report highlights that on-bill schemes are among the most flexible and innovative solutions to facilitate the uptake of energy efficiency upgrades in residential buildings: they can be easily adapted to specific market and utility requirements.

Based on an analysis of four target countries, namely Germany, Italy, Spain, and Lithuania, the report highlights the possible challenges for the implementation of on-bill schemes (OBS) in the EU along three dimensions: market readiness, legal/regulatory framework, and utilities’ operational issues. Ten business model frameworks applicable to this context are also identified.   
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Transferring global experience of “efficiency first” to the EU

Learning from international experience is key to helping policymakers in the EU and its Member States establish a level playing field between demand and supply-side resources, and thus embed the efficiency first decision-making principle in EU policy, according to a new report published by the enefirst H2020 consortium. However, the report highlights that truly putting demand side resources on equal footing with supply side infrastructures, in all relevant instances, will require a custom set of policy and regulatory instruments that go beyond fragmented international practices.

The report assessed the extent to which international experience may be transferable to the political and legal system of the European Union and its Member States, showcasing 16 international examples of efficiency first in practice
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Active building Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) models towards smart flexible buildings

Delivering services to buildings using an Active building Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) model may pave the way to new opportunities for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and grid operators. AEPCs can help generate new business or improve existing business models, while lowering GHG emissions. Based on a literature study and stakeholder interviews, the new report published by the H2020 project AmBIENCe provides significant evidence that all energy performance contracting models can integrate demand response and become AEPC, even if this is not often the case. Electrification, in combination with active control based on demand response to variable pricing, seems to be the key to a successful business case. 

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AmBIENCe partners with 6 Horizon2020 projects to advise EU leaders how to prepare buildings for the energy transition

To support the transition to a climate-neutral economy, 7 H2020 projects –Sensei, Triple-A, LAUNCH, AmBIENCe, NOVICE, QUEST and U-CERT - have drafted recommendations in a letter to policymakers, investigating ways to enable the mass adoption of energy efficiency measures and smart technologies supporting the uptake of renewable energy sources. 

The policy recommendations are gathered under 4 generic themes: electricity market reform, financing methods, technical streamlining and energy performance certification. They are derived through an in-depth understanding of the social, technical, economic, and environmental dimensions of the energy transition, as viewed from the academic, business and policy perspectives of the contributing projects, all funded by the Horizon 2020 programme.

While these recommendations are well supported by research, they need to be complemented by the democratic and effective engagement of all actors involved in the value chain to realize the intended results. 
 

Read the letter
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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 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 H2020 AmBIENCe project will lead an online workshop presenting the project’s Active Building Energy Performance Contract (EPC), covering the concept, the project modelling tool, and outcomes from the testing phase. Stay tuned - 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.


 
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[EURACTIV] ‘Complete overhaul’ of buildings needed to meet EU’s 2030 climate goal

In its flagship building renovation wave, the European Commission announced it wanted to double the rate of energy-related building renovation by 2030, which currently stands at 1%.

This is insufficient to meet the EU’s updated 2030 climate goals, according to a new report by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), which says the renovation target should hit at least 3% annually to avoid having to renovate a huge amount of buildings in the 2030s and 2040s.

Read the opinion piece
[El País] Un tsunami de rehabilitación

Europa propugna una oleada de renovaciones de edificios para lograr la descarbonización en 2050; el objetivo del Gobierno es multiplicar el sector por cinco con la ayuda de la lluvia de millones del fondo de recuperación

Read the article (in Spanish)
[ENDS Europe] EU renovation target ‘inadequate’ to meet 2030 emissions pledge

The European Commission’s proposal to double the annual energy renovation rate of building stock in the EU falls way short of what is needed to achieve the planned 55% cut in annual CO2 emissions by 2030, a report from the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) suggests.

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[Zelena Slovenija] Renovation Wave to achieve sustainable buildings in Europe

This handbook features our report "An Action Plan for the Renovation Wave: Collectively achieving sustainable buildings in Europe". 

Read the article (in Slovenian)
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Dear reader, 

Following the recent publication of the Renovation Wave strategy, we are presenting a range of tools and policy instruments which can help governments to implement the strategy and its actions. As I point out in my recent opinion piece, we know what to do, and it’s now time to get going! 

One such action is to enlarge the scope of the well-tested Building Renovation Passport concept to multifamily, commercial and public buildings, as the iBRoad project is suggesting in its latest report. The project is ending this month, join us online on 24 November for its final conference

Increasing transparency on buildings through better management of data provided by Energy Performance Certificates is also key, as the latest report from the X-tendo project concludes, because it helps owners and investors to make the right renovation decisions. Making renovation easy and “turnkey” is instead the goal of the new online platform developed by the Turnkey Retrofit project. The platform will be available in several countries and is already live in its French version.
Last but not least, it’s good to add a financing solution into the action mix: the Ambience project is proposing a range of measures to grow a new form of energy performance contracting, providing incentives for energy demand management in buildings.  

I hope these news provide inspiration to get all hands on deck to deliver the Renovation Wave in Europe.

Kind regards,

Oliver Rapf 
Executive Director, BPIE
HIGHLIGHTS
Beyond the single-family house: new report explores extension of Building Renovation Passports to multifamily, commercial and public buildings

The report, published by the H2020 project iBRoad, explores how the project's methods can be enable deep, step-wise renovation in multi-family and non-residential buildings. The report describes how the Renovation Roadmap and Logbook, which initially targeted single-family homeowners, can be adapted to meet the requirements of other target groups.

The analysis shows that all building types considered in the report would benefit from having a long-term step-by-step renovation plan and Logbook. However, policy instruments would have to be adjusted to support this approach for these building types.

Read the report
Implementation of Active Energy Performance Contracting in Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain

The H2020 AmBIENCe project published four country factsheets detailing the status of Energy Performance Contracting in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Portugal

The factsheets show that Belgium and Italy are on track to implement the Active Energy Performance Contracting whereas significant barriers remain for Spain and Portugal. A strong legislative background and standards established for energy efficiency in buildings, well-developed Energy Performance Contract market, the establishment of product requirements according to the concept of “technology-neutrality” are among the main enablers for the implementation of Active Energy Performance Contract at country level.

The country factsheets complement the assessment of enhanced Energy Performance Contracts that was conducted 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.
Read the factsheets
 FOCUS ON

Discover BuiltHub, e-SAFE and ComAct three new H2020 projects

BPIE is a proud partner of three newly launched H2020 projects: BuiltHub, e-SAFE and ComAct. 

To tackle the lack of comprehensive and reliable data on the EU building stock, over the coming four years, BuiltHub will develop a structured and inclusive data collection approach, as well as a user-friendly Datahub in the shape of an online platform, which will be fed with data from users and other data providers.

e-SAFE will develop fast, cost-effective and tailorable, integrated solutions for an energy-efficient, anti-seismic and aesthetically pleasant deep renovation system of existing buildings, based on an innovative collaborative co-design process and supported by business models that make deep renovation more attractive and viable.

ComAct will develop new approaches to reduce the high levels of energy poverty in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), as well as in Southeastern Europe. Specifically, the project aims to reduce the costs of high-impact/high-cost energy efficient improvements in multi-family apartment buildings in these two regions. Five pilot cases will be conducted in Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, North Macedonia and Ukraine. Follow ComAct on Twitter and Facebook.
Making renovation easy and "turnkey" with the one-stop-shop Solutions4Renovation

The H2020 project Turnkey Retrofit launched its one-stop-shop for energy retrofitting of homes, Solution4Renovation. The platform provides a homeowner-centric renovation journey which transforms complex and fragmented renovations into a simple, straightforward, and attractive process.

The platform reduces transaction costs, overcomes information barriers such as available financing, and offers integrated solutions for building renovations. Now available in France, Solution4Renovation will be soon made available in Spain and Ireland, with the aim of upscaling home renovations in these markets. Learn more about the platform here.

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Understanding the value of data: new X-tendo report outlines user needs and technical specifications of innovative EPC features

The Renovation Wave Communication published by the European Commission in October 2020 suggested reinforcing existing Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) frameworks, including improving data gathering, storage and overall quality.

The latest report published by the H2020 project X-Tendo indeed shows that major strides can be taken without involving additional building assessments tools, but rather by better handling and using EPC data. According to the report, to fully unlock the full potential and benefits of EPCs, existing certification regimes at Member State level must be properly implemented and endorsed, supported by well-functioning management, control and monitoring mechanisms. They should also encourage a more open approach to data sharing and access. 

For each of the five features addressed (EPC databases, building logbooks, tailored recommendations, financing options and one-stop shops), X-tendo describes the status quo, end-users’ needs, and the potential for this feature to be further developed and implemented within certain countries.
Read the report
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iBRoad project final conference - Step by step, measure by measure: Building Renovation Passports – delivering the Renovation Wave for our buildings, 24 November 2020, 9:00 – 13:00 CET
The EU Renovation Wave aims to double the EU annual energy renovation rate by 2030 to cut emissions, boost economic recovery and reduce energy poverty. It is a much needed and ambitious initiative, and its implementation accordingly calls for powerful tools and policies, including Building Renovation Passports & Digital Building Logbooks, and a ‘deep renovation’ standard as part of the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). 

In the last three years, the iBroad H2020 project has successfully delivered and tested Building Renovation Passports and Logbooks for deep renovation. The conference aims to contribute to the dialogue ahead of the EPBD revision by demonstrating the immediate potential of tested solutions, and by highlighting best practices for delivering a decarbonised and healthy building stock to the EU and beyond. 

iBRoad’s final conference will provide participants with the opportunity to review and discuss:
•    The relation of Building Renovation Passports and Digital Building Logbooks with Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
•    The past, present and promising future of these tools
•    Why public authorities would choose to adopt them and why citizens would want them
•    What policies can turn Building Renovation Passports into catalysts for investments in renovation
 
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The 5th ZEB Insight - Innovative Business Models for Energy-efficient Buildings in the EU and Korea, November 25, 2020, 7:30-10:00am CET

In Korea, where 37% of the building stock is over 30 years old, buildings claimed 17% of the total energy consumption in 2018. Improving building energy performance is crucial for both the EU and Korea in achieving their climate goals.
The webinar will share innovative business models, such as the H2020 projects AmBIENCe and RenOnBill, and will allow for discussion between EU and Korean experts to foster the exchange of knowledge and best practices. 
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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, November 26, 2020, 11:00 – 12:00 CET (Attention: new date)

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 online 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" by the project partners from BPIE and Eneffect.

More information is available here.

Climate Chance Observatory is organizing a series of virtual debates from December 1st to 4th.

Climate Chance Association, a global platform for non-state climate actors, will release on December 1st, 2020 its Observatory’s new Sector-based Synthesis Report . This report summarizes the main trends of action taken by local authorities, companies and civil society to mitigate GHG emissions in the 6 sectors that emit the most: energy, transport, building, waste, industry and land use. This year, it also analyzes the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the strategies observed over the last few years.

To support the release of this report, the Climate Chance Observatory is organizing a series of virtual debates from December 1st to 4th. BPIE is proud to participate to the building chapter, which will take place on December 3rd from 3pm to 4pm (Paris time). 

Please note that these discussions will be entirely virtual (via Zoom) and simultaneous French-English translation will be available. Register here.

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
Words into action: all hands on deck to make Renovation Wave a reality

Member states need to roll up their sleeves and start working on implementing national and local renovation waves across Europe, writes Oliver Rapf, BPIE’s Executive Director. The new opinion piece gives four steps to make the Renovation Wave happen.

Read the opinion piece
Emisyonları Düşürmek İçin Değer Zincirindeki Her Aktörün Bir Rolü Var – Every actor in the value chain has a role to play to reduce emissions

Mariangiola Fabbri, Head of Research at BPIE, was interviewed by Iklim Haber, a Turkish news site on climate science, policies and economy. In her interview, Mariangiola underlines that renovation is at the center of the EU Green Deal as the key solution to reduce emissions and provide better living conditions for EU citizens. She also emphasizes that every actor in the value chain has a role to play, from the European Commission to the end user.

Read the interview (In Turkish) 
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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.

Read the analysis
 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
WHERE TO E-MEET US
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.
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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.
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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
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
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.
 
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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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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.
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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?
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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