The World Green Building Council’s BUILD UPON project scored a major win in January when Europe committed to put national renovation strategies at the heart of efforts to tackle climate change – a key recommendation from the project.
The publication of the final text of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) – a key EU policy on building renovation – challenges EU Member States to reveal the role that renovation strategies can play in delivering a ‘highly efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050’.
For the first time, Member States must clarify the contribution of the building stock to the EU’s 2030 energy efficiency target. The strategies must also include milestones for 2030 and 2040, and define “measurable progress indicators” (e.g. renovation rates or a cap on energy consumption per square meter).
Crucially, Member States must now publically consult on their national renovation strategies before submitting them to the European Commission – a major outcome influenced by BUILD UPON, which demonstrated the importance of bringing key players in the renovation sector together to co-create national strategies with their governments.
BUILD UPON is the world’s largest collaborative project on building renovation – bringing together 2,000 organisations, across 13 countries, at over 100 events in 2016-17.
It aims to create a renovation revolution across Europe by helping countries to deliver strategies for renovating their existing buildings. These strategies are critical to cutting Europe’s energy use, reducing the impacts of climate change, and creating buildings that deliver a high quality of life for everyone.
Audrey Nugent, Senior Policy Advisor at WorldGBC’s Europe Regional Network, which led the BUILD UPON project alongside Green Building Councils in Europe, said: “The references to these aspects in the revised EPBD demonstrates that senior decision makers have listened to the outcomes of the BUILD UPON project, representing a major win for our Green Building Councils and the wider European renovation community.
“By engaging people in the process, BUILD UPON demonstrated the need for renovation strategies that look at aspects beyond energy, such as fuel poverty, fire safety and job creation – and this will ultimately benefit all citizens across Europe.”
The updated text will shortly be published. Member States have 18 months to transpose new elements of the Directive into national law.
The 2015-17 Horizon 2020 funded period of BUILD UPON has now officially ended and the team are making plans for the future.