New report: About 97% of EU’s building stock, not considered energy efficient

(eceee news, 6 Mar 2018) According to a new report –  The Concept of the Individual Building Renovation Roadmap –  by the EU-funded iBRoad project, roughly 97% of the EU’s building stock, amounting to over 30 billion m2, is not considered energy efficient, and 75 to 85 % of it will still be in use in 2050.

The report gives an overview on four existing examples of individual building roadmaps and passports in Denmark, Flanders, France and Germany. It also covers the key issues that need to be addressed to allow its development and implementation.

According to the BPIE, one of the main barriers to renovation is the lack of knowledge about what measures to implement and in which order. Building renovation is often considered a burden that many associate with time-consuming planning, uncertainty about the value of the planned measures, dust and unreliable professionals.

The iBRoad project works on eliminating these barriers by developing an Individual Building Renovation Roadmap for single-family houses by providing a customised renovation plan over a long-term period (10-20 years).

Defining a pathway towards a ‘highly efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050’ is a fundamental pillar of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), requiring the transformation of the majority of buildings from highly inefficient to, at least, nearly zero-energy buildings, writes the BPIE, who argues:

“This is an opportunity to significantly improve the quality of the building stock and the living conditions of all Europeans. However, to achieve this goal, the multiple barriers building owners face when planning a renovation must be overcome.”

More information about the report here

More about iBroad here