European Association for ETICS presents the Energy Saving Guide 2016
The first edition of the Energy Saving Guide (ESG) was published in 2013. "In the meantime, so much has happened, especially at an international level, that a new edition including updated trends and contents has become essential", explains EAE Managing Director Ralf Pasker.
The Energy Saving Guide 2016 provides a thorough summary of the results from 32 current studies and surveys on the topic of energy efficiency in Europe and analyses the current status as regards the efforts to achieve the EU's objectives for 2020 and 2030. In particular, it makes clear the great economic and ecological potential offered by the energy renovation of buildings in Europe. The data presented in the Energy Saving Guide 2016 once again reveals that the introduction of more stringent guidelines for new buildings alone will not be enough to achieve a substantial reduction in the energy consumption of the EU's building stock and the associated environmental impacts. The greatest potential lies in existing buildings, which still account for around 40% of energy consumption, with this energy especially being used for heating purposes.
The studies largely agree that a Europewide renovation drive for existing buildings would have a positive impact in several respects: economic, political, social and environmental. A study conducted by the European Commission, which is presented in the Energy Saving Guide 2016, clearly underlines the catalyst role that the construction sector will play in achieving the CO2 reduction objectives in the coming decades. According to the study, refurbishments and energy renovations generate almost twice as much added value as the construction of new buildings and provide employment to three times as many people as energy suppliers with a comparable level of value creation.
The Innovation City project in Bottrop/Germany places the topic of energy efficiency in a broader context and demonstrates how combining the use of systematic energysaving measures can serve to amplify their positive impact yet further. These positive effects are also felt at a socio-cultural perspective thanks to the rejuvenation of entire districts, as is made abundantly clear in the report found in the Energy Saving Guide 2016. This also applies to the report of Martin Treberspurg, an architect and professor in the area of resource-oriented construction at the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Austria), which highlights the importance of energy modernisation measures in the existing building stock and demonstrates the design potential that presents itself if the issue is tackled in an ideology-free manner.
One conclusion drawn from the issues covered in the Energy Saving Guide 2016 is that efforts need to be stepped up across the board throughout Europe with the objective of doubling the annual renovation rate for existing buildings to at least 2% to 3%. This requirement is stated in the knowledge that the challenges concerning greater energy efficiency will increase further in the remaining periods. The new 48-page Energy Saving Guide 2016 can be ordered free of charge from the EAE office in Baden-Baden or from all EAE members. It can also be accessed online www.ea-etics.eu (English) and www.fachverband-wdvs.de (German).