The visit was hosted by Knauf Insulation and organised by the Renovate Europe Campaign. Commissioner Simson was also joined by members of her cabinet and the President of the housing association Wonen in Limburg, Raf Drieskens.
Touring the homes in the Gansbeek residential area of Bilzen, discussions focused on how renovation can play a key role in strengthening Europe’s energy security, achieve 2050 climate ambitions and improve indoor comfort.
Commissioner Simson said: “Buildings are responsible for 40% of Europe’s energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions. Today around 85% of buildings were built before 2001 and most will still be around in 2050. They are unfit for climate changes, such as increasing temperatures and extreme weather events.”
“This renovation initiative is a powerful demonstration of the positive impact that high quality renovation can have on communities, Europe’s energy consumption and the environment.
Future defined by renovation