Integrated solutioNs for ambitiOus energy refurbishment of priVATE housing.
Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. The residential sector represents 75% of the European building stock and, on average, more than 34% of CO2 emissions on cities’ territories. This sector is therefore a key action area for all local and regional authorities who are committed to ambitious energy and CO2 saving targets.
For homeowners, the energy refurbishment process is unclear. For some, it is not obvious why saving energy is important. They ignore the multiple benefits of energy refurbishments. Positive return on investments, increased property value, thermal comfort… Others are aware, but do not know what measures they can take, how to finance them, who to contact and how to start. Moreover, renovation costs compete with other household investment priorities such as buying a new car or remodelling their kitchen. Often the energy renovation process stops at a planning stage.
Moreover, implementing energy retrofits of residential buildings involves a myriad of market actors – construction companies, craftsmen, real estate agencies, financing institutions, consultants, energy auditors – who are not organised and coordinated so as to offer easy, global and guaranteed energy saving solutions to homeowners.
Cities and regions know the best the buildings, energy sources and people in their territories. They are in the most favourable position to develop together with their partners integrated energy efficiency service packages attractive for homeowners.
INNOVATE project wants to motivate homeowners to carry out deep energy retrofits of private residential buildings – single family houses and condominiums. In order to facilitate the process, they will develop and roll out attractive energy retrofit packages, ideally offered in one location – a one-stop-shop.
The service packages will include:
- Engagement process
- Communication and marketing tools
- Energy renovation and financial plans
- Tailor-made products
- Coordination of the renovation process
- Long term and affordable financing
- Guaranteed results
The main objective of the INNOVATE project is to develop and roll-out integrated energy efficiency service packages in 11 target territories (UK, NL, CZ, CY, ES, LV, BE, DK, IT, SE).