Knauf Insulation has always campaigned to put energy efficiency first from the transition to renewables to the practical specifics of introducing, for example, heat pumps.
“However, we have to get the sequence right, create highly energy efficient buildings first, and use maximum renewables on them. Our target should be positive energy so that the excess of renewable energy can be used in other sectors, such as industry”, said Ondrej.
Renovation must be simple to activate
The revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) is an opportunity to be ambitious in terms of increasing building renovation rates. At present only 1% of buildings are renovated every year and Knauf Insulation has consistently called for this rate to triple.
The EED calls for the annual renovation of 3% of all public buildings owned by central government, but this is not enough. Every public building whether owned by a town, city, municipality or region should be subject to deep renovation.
Meanwhile, the recent revision of the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) calls for 60 million buildings with the lowest energy rating of F or G to be upgraded by 2033.
This is a massive task and to ensure these renovations achieve meaningful results in terms of energy savings and decarbonisation it is important to focus on quality and to make the entire process of renovation as easy as possible.
Knauf Energy Solutions has been carrying out mass renovations for a wide range of social housing associations across Europe offering a service that assesses energy performance, provides the solutions to significantly improve this performance and the technology that demonstrates the extent to which savings have been made.
Quentin said: “Europe needs stability and agility in these ever-changing times. The agility to manage the short-term challenge of winter energy and the stability to define future energy security. The new Czech Presidency has a difficult job ahead, but by making energy efficiency the bedrock of energy policy we are confident the foundations for a better future will be in place.”
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