A key output of the LEAF project is the development of a set of resources to support organisations looking to improve the energy efficiency of apartment blocks. This will consist of a ‘technical toolkit’ and ‘engagement toolkit’ which are designed to be used together as a step-by-step guide to retrofitting such buildings. The toolkits will be developed for each partner country (Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Sweden and the UK).
The overall aim of the technical toolkit is to enable organisations to identify appropriate energy improvements for apartment blocks, and provide associated guidance and information required to aid decision-making about these improvements. The technical toolkit is currently under development and will be piloted on the LEAF case studies; this will be publicly accessible from autumn 2014.
The engagement toolkit is a project management guide for property and building managers to help support energy efficiency improvements in apartment blocks. Designed to complement the technical toolkit, the engagement toolkit provides other information and guidance required to carry out retrofits in apartment blocks. This is in recognition that improving the energy efficiency of these buildings is not just a technical issue and that households need support and information on a whole range of other issues. The Europe-wide version of the engagement toolkit has now been published; versions specific for each country involved in LEAF (Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Sweden and the UK) will be available at the end of 2014. Advice on how to develop toolkits for other EU countries will also be provided.
For further information on the content of the toolkits refer to ‘What is the LEAF approach’.