Panorama of the European non-residential construction sector

Published: 09/12/2011

The present study provides background information about the European non-residential building stock, to be used for the assessment of the market potential of building energy technologies.

For research on building stocks, independent from the direction or detailed field of interest, the structure of the specific stock has to be known. When analyzing building stocks, not only the total number of buildings respectively floor area in the building stock is an important factor, but also the age structure and metabolism rates. The age structure together with metabolism rates (new construction-, renovation- and demolition rate) allows assumptions about the future development of the building stock. Thus, different refurbishment cycles can be applied on the respective age groups and the yearly amount of floor space which is added and detached can be considered. .

Therefore we conducted a comprehensive research about the European non-residential building sector. Specifically, we carried out the following tasks:

  • Analysis of the total amount of floor area and number of buildings in the stock, all disaggregated by different age groups (construction years) and building categories.
  • Distribution of non-residential buildings by size classes
  • Definition of reference buildings
  • Development of typical cost benchmarks (for new constructions, different renovations and operating costs)
  • Analysis of new built-, renovation- and demolition activity
  • Development of typical lifecycle profiles for different non-residential building types

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