Energy efficient building renovation: The German and Flemish examples

(EurActiv, 11 Oct 2018) “The Shift Project”, a non-governmental group, passes on solutions for environmental renovation that are implemented in some European countries. EURACTIV France’s media partner La Tribune reports.

In France, it had been expected since 2015 and the enactment of the law on the energy transition and green growth (LTECV). However, the decree specifying the modalities of the digital book for monitoring and maintaining housing was never published in the official journal.

The bill for housing, spatial and digital development (Élan), which was recently adopted at its final reading at the National Assembly, re-established the notorious digital book for monitoring and maintaining housing.

It will be compulsory in new buildings from 2020 and then introduced for old ones from 2025 when there is a change of owner. Once more, the implementation decree will be much awaited by environmental renovation professionals.

A personalised platform in Belgium

In other European countries, a personalised platform tool has already existed since at least the beginning of the year. In Flanders (Belgium), every resident can connect to a platform using their electronic identity card or an application on their phone. This platform encourages users to improve their housing’s energy performance.

“The objective is to minimise the administrative burdens on people with regard to construction and renovation,” explained Tina Van de Casteele from the Flemish energy agency. “By providing a overview of the various aspects of people’s property and comparing it with other residences in their area or village, it provides an integrated and comprehensive approach to the topic”.

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EurActiv, 11 Oct 2018: Energy efficient building renovation: The German and Flemish examples