“This is good news for society, job creation and the environment, but the devil is in the detail. That is why Knauf Insulation is working closely with policy makers to transform the revision into a workable, effective reality that genuinely delivers a new generation of sustainable buildings.”
The EPBD proposal introduces the requirement that around 60 million buildings with the lowest energy rating (F or G) would need to be upgraded by 2033.
This would be done according to a predefined sequencing: starting from public and commercial buildings to reach at least ‘E’ standard by 2030 and the renovation of apartments and houses to at least ‘E’ by 2033.
This is great news for the millions of Europeans who cannot afford to heat their homes. However, transforming 60 million buildings in a decade is a massive task, one that demands a constant focus on quality work that really delivers all the energy saving and decarbonisation benefits of renovation.
Ensuring more effective renovation
Analysis by Renovate Europe shows that Recovery Fund renovation investments are expected to only deliver 30% energy savings. This is disappointing when the technologies exist to bring down energy demand by 80%.
In addition, organising renovation projects can be highly complex with Europe’s annual renovation rate at a disappointing 1%.
So, what can we do to drive effective renovation? For Knauf Insulation two major steps forward would be to improve the quality of renovation projects and make the entire process straightforward using public and private ‘one-stop shops’.