Property value, comfort and healthy indoor climate most important for residents – report

(16 Jun 2020) A new report from RenOnBill analyses the main data, drivers and challenges involved in the energy renovation of residential buildings in four countries: Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Spain.

The most important aspects of renovations for residents are increased property value, improvements in comfort and the creation of a healthy indoor environment. Key challenges include structural issues, financial constraints, social resistance and legal barriers that hamper the energy efficiency potential in the residential sector.

As for energy use, space heating is the first source of consumption, and therefore an appealing area of intervention, the report shows. A turning point, normally coinciding with stricter regulation, helps to better define the target for renovation based on the age of the buildings in each country.

Germany seems to show a lower level savings compared to Italy and Spain in terms of achievable savings, and shows a decreasing trend due to aggressive policies already in place.

The country sections of the report examines:

  • the definition and quantification of the country building stock,
  • the main trends in the renovation market (current growth rate and expected evolution),
  • the regulatory framework,
  • the potential impact of building energy renovation in the market, and
  • the financing schemes available at national level for building renovations.

The project RenOnBill – Residential building energy renovations with on-bill financing­ –  aims to scale up investments towards deep energy renovations of residential buildings by promoting the development and implementation of on-bill schemes.  The schemes are the cooperation between energy utilities and financial institutions.

The project has as chosen four focus countries - Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Spain – to examine the differences that can be encountered when replicating on-bill across Europe. 

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View the report here