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ECSO - Country profile: Latvia

The Latvian GDP grew by 4.8% during 2018, the highest GDP growth rate since 2010. The growth was driven by consumer spending and strong investment levels supported by EU fund inflows.   The volume index of production in the broad...

ECSO - Country profile: France

The volume index of production in the narrow construction sector increased marginally, by 2.3% over the 2015-2018 period. The production in building construction increased slightly by 1.1%, while civil engineering construction experienced...

ECSO - Policy Fact Sheet Bulgaria

BUILD UP Skills EnerPro – Thematic objective 2
In Bulgaria, around 1,400 buildings are being renovated and retrofitted since 2017 according to the Bulgarian Construction Chamber (BCC) as nearly 70% of the building stock was built before 1979.   The successful improvement of building...

Energy efficiency 2019

In 2018, primary energy intensity – an important indicator of how much energy is used by the global economy – improved by 1.2%, the slowest rate since 2010. This was slower than the 1.7% improvement in 2017 and marked the third year in a...

Designing buildings in the context of the circular economy

The aim of this document is to inform and support actors along the construction value chain, this document provides principles for circular design of buildings. Behind these principles lie a vast amount of knowledge and information. The...

Proceedings - Joint workshop of the Concerted Actions for EU energy legislation

The three Concerted Actions that help countries implement EU energy legislation have published proceedings of their recent joint workshop.
The Concerted Action for the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (CA EPBD), the Concerted Action for the Renewable Energy Sources Directive (CA RES) and the Concerted Action for the Energy Efficiency Directive (CA EED) organised the...

Build Up Skills QualiShell Project – Romania

Policy fact sheet. Thematic Objective 2  
The European Construction Sector Observatory depicts Romania as being behind the implementation of the 2010/31/EU Directive and the Nearly Zero Energy Bulding (NZEB) concept. Nonetheless, after 31st December 2018, all new buildings...

Feasibility study EPBD Art. 19a - Final report

Selection of policy options for inspections of stand-alone ventilation systems and analysis of related potential impacts
The publication, on 19 June 2018, of Directive 2018/844 amending Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings and Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency, represents the first major step towards the implementation of the...

Energy related CO2 emissions in Ireland 2005 – 2018

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has published its Energy- Related CO₂ Emissions in Ireland report. The report shows that energy-related CO₂ emissions declined slightly in 2018, even as energy use increased. This was due...

Multi-apartment Renovation Programme – Lithuania

Policy fact sheet. Thematic objective 1
Compared to its Nordic neighbours, Lithuania is a relatively high energy consumer (225 kWh/m2) with a residential building sector that has considerable energy saving potential.   66% of the Lithuanian population resides in multi-apartment...

Internationalisation of SMEs from the European construction sector in third markets

Drivers, challenges and policy examples
This report provides an analysis of potential areas of for public support at the EU level to EU SMEs from the construction industry in their efforts to internationalise their activities beyond the limits of the EU.   The report analyses...

Financing Energy Renovation in Buildings- availability and accessibility of funding schemes

This guidance was developed under the framework of the project Our Buildings funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).   The project...

ECSO - Country profile: Italy

The Italian construction sector’s gross value added (GVA) accounted for 16.7% of Italy’s 2018 GDP, making it one of the most important sectors in the national economy. However, by 2018 the construction sector experienced a steep decline...

Passive House: Building a sustainable future

Against the background of climate change and increasing environmental awareness, new build construction is booming in some regions, while others face the challenge of retrofitting whole districts. In short: there has never been a better...

European Construction Sector Observatory - Country profile: Denmark

The Danish construction sector has been on the revival path since 2010, in line with the overall improvement in the general economy. In 2018, there were 74,810 enterprises in the broad construction sector in Denmark, with the narrow...

Housing affordability and sustainability in the EU

This analytical report is part of the European Construction Sector Observatory (ECSO) and aims to provide policy insights as well as highlight a set of evidence-based lessons learnt for policy-makers on how to support housing affordability...

Long-term renovation strategies and local building renovation initiatives: case studies from 8 countries

Long-term renovation strategies (LTRS), developed at national level, go hand-in-hand with local building renovation initiatives. This factsheet maps the governance structure, status quo of the process, successes and challenges of LTRS...
Long-term renovation strategies are a requirement of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) for all member states. BPIE and national Green Building Councils for the H2020 project Build Upon2 published 8 factsheets discussing...

Vision and strategic workstreams for a decarbonised Belgium by 2050

Input to the Belgian long-term strategy
This report aims to identify key orientations for the establishment of long-term decarbonisation strategy for Belgium. It draws on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative analyses, policy documents and scenario modelling for 2050.  ...

Defining and contextualizing the E1st principle

Efficiency First (E1st) is now an established principle of EU energy policy. It has been embedded in various legislative pieces of the Clean Energy for All package in 2018-2019.   This report reviews the background of this concept and...

European Construction Sector Observatory - 2019 infographics on housing and sustainability

This document illustrates the state of play concerning housing factors: European housing stock, such as the average age of buildings which need renovation; urbanization rates; overcrowding rate; housing overburden rate which, between 2010...