It is well known that from the 160 million buildings in the EU the majority of them (estimated 85%) are thermally inefficient. Therefore, it is of serious matter that existing buildings become energy renovated. However, experiences gathered during the last decade showed that this process is not straightforward. This project will focus on early phases of a building project when the building owner still hasn’t decided what to do and there is a possibility to influence the thoughts about renovation in order to plan for renovation measures that will make the building operate in a more sustainable way. The main purpose of this study is to present the main aspects of initiatives in the field of energy upgrading of buildings in Europe today. Through a comprehensive literature review, light will be shed on issues related to both national policies and the main financial instruments that are currently pressing the energy renovation of buildings. Both the obstacles and the contribution of national regulations will be discussed, towards promotion of sustainable renovation in Europe today. This study is also expected to report on research initiatives currently being undertaken in Europe on the energy upgrade buildings, as well as on related research programs.
Proceedings of 3rd International Exergy, Life Cycle Assessment, and Sustainability Workshop & Symposium (elcas 2013), 2013
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3rd International Exergy, Life Cycle Assessment, and Sustainability Workshop & Symposium (ELCAS 3), 2013