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

International Conference on Energy Efficient Renovation and Renewable Energy Integration

Date: 2nd – 3rd of October 2014
Location:  Hungary Radisson BLU Béke Hotel Budapest, Teréz krt 43.

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 should provide ‘ready-to-use’ tools, examples and methodologies.

This conference provides lessons and tools from three best-practice EU projects to give useful answers on planning, convincing investors, invest and monitoring to be able to cover the whole process.

Conference aim:
The aim of the conference to provide information about the tools, approaches and results of three best-practice projects to support decision makers and investors to find the best solutions for the future of apartment houses, and prevent them for stumbling.

Representing Projects:

STACCATO stands for Sustainable Technologies And Combined Community Approaches Take Off. Within this project three European capital cities (Amsterdam, Budapest and Sofia), demonstrate sustainable energy concepts in representative existing residential areas.

Low Energy Apartment Futures (LEAF) is a European-wide project aiming to improve the energy efficiency of apartment blocks. It aims to overcome a number of key barriers to retrofitting these properties such as the limitations of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and difficulties associated with buildings under multiple ownership. The project will develop a toolkit that provides a step-by-step approach to retrofitting apartment blocks and pilot this approach on 24 case study buildings.

PIMES To make houses that take into account the local climate and at the same time reduces the need of heating or cooling will be the challenge for all partners (HU,ES, N). By exchanging experiences, sharing knowledge, developing new technology and using this in smart and economically reasonable ways we will create better living areas for the future. The project deals both retrofitting and newly built solutions.

Conference programme:

Venue day #1: 10:00 - 15:00


9:30 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:05 Opening

Opening by host organisation Energiaklub and introducing chair person Peter Olajos

10:05 - 10:20 EU Policy on Retrofitting... 2014-2010

Presenting EU’s policy on retrofitting, Mario Dionisio, Technical officer European Commission Directorate General for Energy - New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal

PLAN What we need to do for a well-prepared investment?

10:25 - 10:40 LEAF technical and engagement toolkit to find out EE solutions - Zsuzsanna Király (Energiaklub)

10:45 - 11:00 PIMES methodology to plan according to the local circumstances (climate, RES) - Károly Matolcsi (ÉMI)

CONVINCE Who and how do we need to communicate with?

11:05 - 11:20 STACCATO approaches and tools for communications with tenants and community - Maria Csikai (Energiaklub)

11:20 - 11:40 Coffee break

11:40 - 12:00 Interactive game with the participants to find stakeholders of an apartment house retrofit and gather messages for them - Maria Csikai (Energiaklub)

INVEST What, how we should invest?

12:05 - 12:15 LEAF Barriers for Implementing Retrofitting Measures (EPC) - Tessa Clark (Changeworks)

12:20 - 12:40 How municipalitys can help to facilitate retrofitting? - Péter Puskás (Óbuda Municipality as STACCATO) and Imre Rimóczi (Újbuda Municipality as MLEI-PDA)

12:40 - 13:40 Lunch break

MONITOR Is it really worth it?

13:40 - 14:00 STACCATO Investment and achievements in STACCATO project - Ewald Slingerland (Ecofys) and Attila Morotz (Beco)

FINANCE Loans and funds for retrofitting

14:05 - 14:25 STACCATO Financing methods in the STACCATO project and ESCO Investment in Amsterdam project site - Wilfred van der Plas (ENECO)

14:30 - 14:45 Financing retrofitting projects - ESCOs, and Bank loans - Gerard Bruijnse (Renesco)

14:45 - 15:00 Financing retrofitting projects - European subsidy schemes - Irina Kotliar (Advancee)

15:00 - 15:15 Closing questions

Evening program: wine tasting at ElDiVo winery.


Venue day #2: 9:00 - 14:00


Parallel Interactive workshops on lessons learnt with retrofitting buildings

Five european retrofitting project will be introduced, and we going to have the opportunity to study from their failures, mistakes and lessons learnt during the realisation. Cases from BG, HU, D, NL.

  1. STACCATO Faluhaz demonstration site “technical problems and solutions on combining a central heating system with a solar collector system”
  2. LEAF “Finding solutions”
  3. MLEI PDA SOLANOVA “Project management affairs”
  4. STACCATO 'Het Breed' (Amsterdam) “communications and decisions”
  5. STACCATO Sofia Oborishte “Bureaucracy and regulations”

The venue will be finished by an assumption of the findings of the day.

Study tour: Visit Szentendre ÉMI new RUE building

Arrive back to the Hotel around 17:30.

Chair person: Péter Olajos (born 18 April 1968, Budapest) is a Hungarian (conservative green) politician and was Member of the European Parliament with the Hungarian Democratic Forum, part of the European People's Party and sits on the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

The conference fee is 40 EUR.

The conference language is English.

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