The first issue of the Energy Saving Guide was published in 2013. "In the meantime so much has happened at the international level that a new edition with updated trends and content has been required," explains EAE Managing Director Ralf Pasker.
The Energy Saving Guide 2016 provides a sound summary of the results of 32 current studies and surveys on energy efficiency in Europe and analyzes the current state of the EU's 2020 and 2030 targets. In particular, the great economic and ecological potential of the energetic building renovation in Europe becomes clear. The data presented in the Energy Saving Guide show once again that even with stricter guidelines for new buildings, there is no substantial reduction in the energy consumption of buildings and the associated environmental pollution in the EU. The greatest potential is in the old building stage, which is still around 40% of the total energy consumption, in particular for heating. The studies largely agree that a Europe-wide redevelopment initiative in the old building stage would have a positive effect in several respects: economically, politically, socially and ecologically. A study presented by the EU Commission in the Energy Saving Guide impressively underlines the catalyst function of the construction industry in the fulfillment of the CO2 savings in the coming decades. Renovations and energetic redevelopments generate an almost twice as high value added as the new construction and employ three times more people than the energy suppliers with comparable added value. The project of the Innovation City in Bottrop places the issue of energy efficiency in a broader context and demonstrates that the merger can intensify the positive effects of consistent energy saving measures. This is also true in socio-cultural terms by the appreciation of entire neighborhoods. The report in the Energy Saving Guide makes this impressive. This is also true of the contribution of Martin Treberspurg, professor for resource-oriented architecture at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, which emphasizes the importance of energetic modernization in the collection and shows the creative potential here if the subject is ideologically free. All efforts - as a result of the Energy Saving Guide - have to be strengthened throughout Europe and aim to double the annual renovation rate of the building stock by at least two to three percent. The challenges of higher energy efficiency in the remaining periods will continue to grow. The new 48-page Energy Saving Guide 2016 can be ordered free of charge from the EAE office in Baden-Baden or from the EAE members. It is available online at www.fachverband-wdvs.de