How innovation is shaping the future of building renovations

(EurActiv, 7 Dec 2023) Efficient buildings save energy, money and climate-wrecking emissions. As EU negotiators prepare to hammer out an agreement on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), it is important to highlight that significant innovation is underway in the sector, writes Adrian Joyce.

Adrian Joyce is secretary general of EuroACE and director of the Renovate Europe campaign.

Meeting our international climate goals and decarbonising our societies requires innovation. The buildings renovation sector has not been perceived as the most innovative, but this is changing. From new methods of construction to skills and digitalisation, there are examples that lead the way.

Leaky buildings soak up far too much energy and are responsible for too many emissions as things stand. Without significant improvements to homes and places of work, we will not make nearly enough progress on our green goals.

Innovation to reduce time and cost of renovations

That is, of course, where energy renovations come in. The European Union aims to at least double the rate of renovations by 2030 and has made numerous funding streams available to help make that goal a reality.

Financial considerations though are not the only factor that guide renovation decisions. Building owners may have the funding support to pay for upgrades but the disruption that often comes hand-in-hand with energy renovation projects can be off-putting.

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