Date: 9 December 2015
Location: Belgian Building Research Institute, Brussels
The ‘Practical Approaches to the Building Renovation Challenge’ workshop brought together representatives from a number of European energy efficiency projects to share and discuss findings. It was organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), the main funder of LEAF, together with Build Up.
Presentations at the workshop discussed the challenge Europe faces in retrofitting domestic and non-domestic buildings, current policy and example projects.
Workshop sessions were held on four key topics:
- Construction for energy efficiency – e.g. air-tightness, insulation, construction, materials and techniques
- Renewable energy and the district level – integration of renewables with districts and grids
- Performance and compliance – monitoring performance, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and the performance gap
- Capacity building and decision support – focus on non-technical actors such as owners, tenants and consumers
Workshop delegates discussed the challenges within each of these topic areas and the potential solutions to overcoming these challenges. Delegates brought examples and experience from their own projects and wider expertise.
Tessa Clark, co-ordinator of the LEAF project, attended the day and participated in the fourth workshop session. She was able to provide an overview of the challenges experienced through the LEAF project in engaging multiple stakeholders in retrofitting apartment blocks – a key problem experienced in almost all the LEAF case studies. She also highlighted some best practice and supportive policy examples.
A LEAF poster was also displayed at the event and project details were discussed with other project co-ordinators.
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