International Conference on Energy Efficient Renovation and Renewable Energy Integration

How to retrofit apartment blocks?
Evidence-based solutions to support urban planning and retrofit projects

With rising energy prices and international efforts to tackle climate change, improving the energy efficiency of homes is increasingly important across Europe. Energy use in homes makes up a quarter of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and the EU has committed to a 20% reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 from 1990 levels. Further, 9.8% of households in Europe cannot afford to heat their home adequately.

It is recognised that improving energy efficiency of apartments is difficult for a number of reasons, but with 43% of the European population living in them it is essential to find solutions.

To find the best way to improve the present state of our living condition in urban areas, first we must understand the problem: the barriers to retrofitting apartments will be presented. Secondly, we have to provide „ready to use” tools, examples and methodologies. This conference provides lessons and tools from  3 best-practice EU projects to give useful answers on planning, convincing investors, invest and monitoring to be able to cover the whole process. Lessons from the projects are also useful for policy-makers; for example, to understand how EPCs can help this process and how they could be improved.

Date: 2nd – 3rd of October 2014
Location: Budapest, Hungary

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Staccato is a project of the concerto initiative co-funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme