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Private building renovations can help achieve climate targets

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Statistically, 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of emissions come from buildings.


Although this has prompted energy efficiency to become one of the EU’s top priorities and led the EU to acknowledge that buildings are key to achieving its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 percent by 2050, it is not always easy to encourage deep renovation.


In an effort to align their emissions with global and national climate and energy targets, cities have so far mainly focused on updating public buildings.


However, cities can be key players that can help overcome a number of market barriers and reluctance from owners to renovate private buildings.


The TripleA-reno project, for which ICLEI Europe is a partner, seeks to work with local authorities and stakeholders to do just that.


The project will provide support to customers and end-users in the process of building renovation, starting from the design to the construction and usage phases.


This will be done using a “gamified” online platform – in other words, the platform will function like a game – that will be simultaneously tested in eight demonstration cases across European cities.


Each case will focus on another building category, with different ownership and management models.


One of the demonstration cases is in ICLEI Member Bologna (Italy).


There, two multi-family social housing buildings located in Piazza da Verrazzano have received funding from the Emilia Romagna Region to carry out a deep renovation.


This will not only improve their energy efficiency, but also users’ health, indoor environmental quality and user satisfaction.


Most of all, the renovation will take place involving the people actually living there and with the overall goal to make deep renovation “Attractive, Acceptable and Affordable.”


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