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Energy 20-06-2022

Spend wisely: Use cohesion funding for energy renovation

The EU budget can go a long way towards helping member states achieve higher ambition on energy-efficiency renovation of buildings. But the money must be spent wisely, writes Adrian Joyce.

‘Renovictions’ loom as EU aims to boost building renovation

Confronted with an energy crisis and the need to rapidly decarbonise the building sector, the EU is now facing another threat: “renovictions," where tenants are forced out of houses or apartments due to rent increases imposed after renovation.

Lawmaker pushes ‘neighbourhood’ approach in revised EU buildings law

The lawmaker overseeing the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in the European Parliament is pushing for a novel approach to buildings that sees them as part of a broader neighbourhood instead of isolated units.
Energy 15-03-2022

The EU must regulate embodied carbon to deliver climate-proof buildings

The EU is neglecting emissions from building materials and construction, but the negotiations on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive can fill this gap, writes a group of leading Danish professional associations and NGOs.
Energy 16-02-2022

The New European Bauhaus – bringing design to the green transition

As Europe looks to adapt to its green and digital future, there will be no one size fits all solution. Instead, projects like the New European Bauhaus should drive culture and design in a sustainable, accessible and fair way, writes Ciarán Cuffe.

EU confronted with lack of skilled labour to support building renovation wave

The EU’s push to improve energy efficiency in buildings and reduce the amount of fossil fuel they consume could create more than 160,000 jobs in the energy and heating sector by 2030, according to the European Commission.

EU to start measuring ‘embodied’ carbon emissions from buildings

The European Commission is considering a new EU-wide requirement to measure the carbon emissions associated with construction materials throughout their whole lifecycle but is expected to stop short of regulating for now.
Energy 25-11-2021

LEAK: Draft EU law introduces new standards to decarbonise buildings by 2050

A draft EU directive, due for publication on 14 December, introduces minimum energy performance standards for existing buildings undergoing major renovation works as part of a renewed push to achieve a zero-emission building stock by 2050.
Energy 25-11-2021

A piecemeal approach on energy standards for buildings won’t work

Decarbonising Europe’s building stock requires robust Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), not a piecemeal approach that fails to regulate buildings that are ripe for renovation projects, writes Adrian Joyce.
Energy 11-11-2021

Community renovation projects are key to supporting the green transition

Both tenants and homeowners need to be involved in renovation programmes to bring Europe's ageing building stock in line with its climate goals. Energy cooperatives could be one way to encourage citizens' support, writes Ciarán Cuffe.
Energy 10-11-2021

No more time for half-measures on renovation

In times of climate crisis, it is no longer acceptable that our buildings swallow up so much of the limited energy resources and leave our citizens so vulnerable to energy price hikes, writes Adrian Joyce. 

‘Inaccurate’ EU energy labels for buildings up for review

Energy performance certificates (EPCs) for buildings are sometimes so inaccurate that they can even become a hindrance to the EU’s climate goals, industry says. The upcoming revision of the EU's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive could offer a way out.