Energy-related renovations of Europe’s building stock must accelerate

Published: 13/08/2012

The cost of energy consumed during a building’s lifetime can be two-thirds of the construction cost. But across Europe, potential savings from energy-efficiency renovations have been largely ignored. According to a recently published report from Ecofys, there is little evidence that the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive has changed behaviour. If the number of major energy-related renovations to European buildings does not accelerate dramatically, it is clear from the data in the report that the European Union’s goal of an almost carbon-neutral building stock by 2050 is not achievable.

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