This conference will gather stakeholders to exchange experiences and views about European and Spanish policies and regulations governing the building sector and other stakeholders in energy-efficient retrofitting.
Organised by ENACE in collaboration with our partners in SuSoh, the conference will address financial solutions as well as examples of good practice through case studies.
The conference is the main event of the SuSoh (Sustainable Social Housing) Project. SuSoh is a communication project on EU policy implementation and innovative financing models for energy-efficient retrofitting of social housing buildings in Spain and Europe.
It aims to demonstrate that renovating social housing buildings can improve occupants' quality of life and reduce the energy bills of low-income families living in these buildings. In addition, it can boost the economy and employment in Spain by creating demand and new jobs.
Energy efficiency in the building sector
Energy efficiency means saving energy and saving money. For Europeans, implementing energy efficiency targets means uniting efforts to contribute to a higher level of energy independence, boost the EU's economy and create jobs, cut pollution levels, reduce consumers' energy bills and improve citizens' well-being.
In the building sector, energy performance certificates and audits provide data on the energy performance of buildings, along with recommendations for improving energy efficiency. Undertaking these measures requires investment that will create jobs and reduce pollution levels.
Although on the EU level two important directives establish the general framework for reaching these goals, Member States are responsible for implementing this framework within their national legal system – and economic operators have a duty to contribute to effective implementation.
How do public authorities in Spain address this issue? What are the hurdles and opportunities encountered by private businesses? What solutions are needed and/or already exist in other sectors or Member States? How can we generate trust in competent building professionals providing reliable data from energy audits?
How can credit flow into sustainable construction and energy retrofitting of the existing building stock? Funds for energy efficient investments at EU and national level should be streamlined, according to the final report on boosting finance in energy efficiency investments in buildings, industry and SMEs and recommendations published by the Energy Efficiency Financial Institution Group (EEFIG) in February 2015.