As there is an absence of comprehensive data on buildings at European level, we placed the European building stock (EU 27 as well as Switzerland and Norway) under the microscope to investigate its main features, including building characteristics, building codes and other regulatory measures. The collected data allowed to determine the energy and CO2 saving potential of European buildings and to model a variety of scenarios for the systematic renovation of the European building stock till 2050.
The report will be of particular importance to the individual Member States as they draw up their plans for implementing the elements of the recast EPBD and improving the energy efficiency of their building stock. It will also guide policymakers on EU level in terms of understanding the current situation and real potential of reaching the desired EU targets. Finally, the report will be used as a tool that is necessary for the industry and other relevant bodies to raise the importance of ‘energy efficient renovations’ and ultimately to assist in pushing for higher renovation rates.