On 2 December 2015, the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) published a report entitled “Renovation in practice – Best practice examples of voluntary and mandatory initiatives across Europe”. This document analyses a variety of approaches and solutions available to tackle the renovation challenge in terms of scale, financing, addressing non-technical barriers, level of ambition or achievement of social objectives. in this regard, it includes 5 case studies which the authors believe could inspire and motivate policy-makers across Europe, and even globally. These include tackling fuel poverty, and streamlining public building renovation through Energy Performance Contracting.
In mid August, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the first draft proposals for indicators relating to resourece efficiency in the building sector. Interested stakeholders have until 7 October 2016 to respond.
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre is currently developing green public procurement (GPP) criteria for office buildings.
With the aim of supporting sustainable property development, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Europe Regional Network of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) have joined forces to work on improving energy and resource efficiency, whilst at the same time reducing CO2 emissions.
The built environment – offices, houses and other buildings – can be the flagbearers of current efforts to turn Europe into a carbon-neutral economy, reports Martin Banks
On 25 November 2015, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), together with the Global Building Performance Network (GBPN) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), published a report entitled “Delivering Energy Savings in Buildings” which focuses on key areas for international collaboration on building energy code implementation.
On 3 December 2015, 11 companies representing the buildings sector, together with the world Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi) Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) Action Plan. The aim of this plan is to cut projected energy use in buildings in half by 2030 through energy efficiency approaches that offer favorable economic returns.