Europe targets building retrofit

Green building councils from 13 countries across Europe have come together to launch the BUILD UPON building retrofit initiative.

The €2.35m project, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, aims to support national renovation strategies to make homes and commercial buildings more energy efficient. The strategies are required by 30 April 2017 under EU law. The project is led by green building councils from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, and is supported by the World Green Building Council’s Europe regional network.

The initiative will bring together a range of organisations, including governments and local authorities, construction companies, product manufacturers, energy providers, banks and other financial institutions, and NGOs. It will use two platforms to aid collaboration:

  • The RenoWiki online portal that allows individuals to upload initiatives on building renovations in Europe in order to share best practice. To date, there are more than 550 initiatives on file, including RenoValue, a project aimed at training building valuation professionals to factor energy efficiency into their valuation practices
  • A series of more than 80 events in the capital and major cities of the 13 project countries to consult and engage key players in what could be included in their renovation strategies.

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