EU countries told to set up ‘one-stop-shops’ to help homeowners renovate

(EurActiv, 20 Dec 2021) In order to double the renovation rate of buildings, the European Commission has requested EU member states to provide technical assistance to homeowners by setting up one-stop-shops that will guide consumers throughout the renovation process.

The building stock is responsible for 36% of the bloc’s emissions and improving the energy efficiency of buildings has long been on the EU agenda.

Last year, the European Commission’s renovation wave strategy sought to double the rate of energy renovations and now the proposed recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) puts forward concerted measures at EU and national level in order to make it happen.

The revised EPBD seeks to boost the renovation of the 15% worst performing buildings, which would be ranked “G” on a revised EU scale rating their energy performance.

“Its focus on the worst performing buildings prioritises the most cost-effective renovations and helps fight energy poverty,” said EU climate chief Frans Timmermans, who presented the proposal last week.

Up to €150 billion in public finance will be made available in order to help the poorest households renovate their buildings and save on energy bills, EU officials said.

But “financing alone will not deliver on the renovation needs,” reads the revised EPBD proposal presented by the European Commission last Wednesday (15 December).

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EurActiv, 20 Dec 2021: EU countries told to set up ‘one-stop-shops’ to help homeowners renovate