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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...

Long-term renovation strategies: How the building sector can contribute to climate neutrality in the EU

This policy brief presents insights into how the buildings sector could contribute to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, thanks to the help of the newly developed European Calculator (EUCalc) model. The model shows that...

Solving the coal puzzle. Lessons from four years of coal phase-out policy in Europe

With 15 countries that announced to phase out coal burning since 2015, this guide reflects back on a wealth of policy experience gained in the last four years.   With the feedback of 20 experts across 10 countries, nine qualities that are...

RE4 project: Best practice booklet

Build a fully recycled house? Yes, you can with RE4 prefabricated building elements incorporating up to 100% of construction demolition waste! RE4 is a H2020 project which after 4 years has developed and tested on three demo sites in...

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

Final report
Within the 2030 climate and energy framework, the European Union (EU) has committed to several key targets for 2021-2030. The overall target for 2030 is to cut the energy system greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 40% as compared to...

Concerted Action Energy Efficiency Directive (CA EED) 2017-2019 – impact report

This report highlights the activities and most recent successes of the Concerted Action for the effective implementation of the EED across all 28 Member States, plus Norway.   As the Directive became widely understood, the CA EED evolved...

Buildings should be at the heart of the European Green Deal – discussion paper

The European Green Deal (EGD) offers the opportunity to create a carbon-neutral Europe, a fairer society and a reinvigorated industrial powerhouse. Europe’s citizens must be at its heart – and nowhere is this more apparent than in the...
Making our buildings climate-proof is not only about reducing the 36% of CO2 emissions they are responsible for, but about doing so while caring for the people that live in them. That’s why the transformation of the buildings sector must...

Fostering effective energy transition 2019

This report is part of the World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Energy. The report summarizes insights from the “Energy Transition Index”, which builds upon the previous series of “Global Energy Architecture...

Accelerating energy renovation investments in buildings

Financial and fiscal instruments across the EU
At today's renovation rate of around 1% of buildings per year, a timely transition of the EU building sector towards climate-neutral levels by 2050 cannot be ensured. To accelerate energy efficiency investments in this area, the European...

The inside story: Health effects of indoor air quality on children and young people

Children are spending more and more time inside buildings and the indoor air quality can affect their health. In fact, air pollution has been linked to serious health conditions, such as cancer, asthma and cardiovascular diseases.   The...

12 strategies to step up global energy efficiency

Advice from three experts NGOs to IEA´s High-Level Commission on energy efficiency
Only a drastic reduction in global energy demand will allow an affordable manageable transition to a global energy system based on renewables and ambitious energy efficiency measures are key to meet sustainability goals. Global growth in...

Energy company obligations: Examples of delivering energy efficiency in buildings and future trends

Today there is an urgent need to scale up progress towards energy efficiency in buildings. Energy efficiency is also one of the pillars of a climate mitigation strategy and a critical element to meeting the Global Sustainable Development...

Statistiken und Analysen zur Energieeffizienz im Gebäudebestand

Energieverbrauch in Gebäuden bleibt auf hohem Niveau / Sanierungsrate ist weiterhin zu niedrig / Kuhlmann: "Klimapaket und weitere Maßnahmen können Stillstand beenden, müssen aber rasch umgesetzt werden".   Der Energieverbrauch für...

BIM4REN - Deliverable: Digitalisation of the building renovation process

The first Work Package (WP1) of the Horizon 2020 project BIM4Ren has been concluded. The main milestone achieved at this stage is the completion of the definition of the “Overall framework for a digital driven Integrated Design and...

2050 vision for 100% renewable heating & cooling in Europe

This vision is intended to provide a clear path for 100% renewable energy (RE) heating and cooling (H&C) sectors in Europe by 2050. It highlights the principles, the drivers, and the challenges of the transition to RE and helps readers...

Addressing fuel poverty

Analyst Brief - November 2019
Energy poverty, or fuel poverty, is often defined as a situation where low-income households are not able to adequately provide basic energy services in their homes and for their transport at affordable cost. A widely used criterion is to...

The Horizon 2020 project RenOnBill gives an overview of on-bill buildings energy renovation schemes, outlining the key issues to be addressed to ensure their replicability in Europe

The objective of the Horizon 2020 RenOnBill project is to scale up investments towards deep energy renovations of residential buildings, by promoting the development and implementation of on-bill schemes, based on the cooperation between...

2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction

Towards a zero-emissions, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector.
The buildings and construction sector accounted for 36% of final energy use and 39% of energy and process-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2018, 11% of which resulted from manufacturing building materials and products such as...

Supporting digitalisation of the construction sector and SMEs, including Building Information Modelling

Digitalisation of the economy is one of the priorities set by the European Union (EU). The Strategy for a Digital Single Market, developed by the European Commission (EC) in 2015, outlined the path for the EU to build the right digital...

How to include building renovation in your Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan?

BPIE's latest report, published within the Horizon 2020 project BUILD UPON2, identifies synergies between between Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) and Long Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS), and suggests how local...