Buildings represent around a third of the total global energy use and the energy-related CO2 emissions, existing buildings account for a major part of this consumption, especially in developed countries. Therefore a critical pathway to reach policy targets for energy efficiency in the existing building stock is through Deep Energy Renovations.
A state-of-the-art energy renovation can reduce the energy consumption of a building by as much as 75%. In comparison, a standard renovation or refurbishment will harvest savings of 20% – 30%, sometimes even less. Even though efficient building technology is readily available, there is low demand for deep renovations and they are not currently standard practice. Energy efficiency policies and supporting programs play a crucial role in driving energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings.
This Lab aims to develop new and innovative strategies and resources to help achieve a massive market uptake of deep renovations. The initial areas of focus for the lab are 1) establish the definition of DR (deep renovation/ refurbishment/ retrofit/ reduction), 2) develop a set of criteria to define what a DR project is, 3) apply the criteria to compare best practice projects, and 4) make all results widely known and available. We need global experts to help us develop an agree-upon standard set of criteria for deep renovations and to provide references to exemplary DR projects. GBPN will work on comparing successful deep renovation projects and policy packages, based on the criteria agreed.
In order to make deep renovation projects more cost-effective, GBPN invites experts in energy efficiency in buildings to join our discussions on the Lab. We will focus on specific areas that we can support in making deep renovation economically attractive, such as costs, financial instruments and how to overcome barriers. The Lab will make a substantial contribution to accelerating the dissemination of the best deep renovation policies and will collect information on new business opportunities to help to achieve energy efficiency and CO2 policy targets in existing buildings.
Other Laboratory Projects:
- [Report] New BPIE Guide - Supporting EU Member States in Developing Ambitious Renovation Strategies
- [Report] The GBPN Defines the Concept of Deep Renovation
- [Report] Are Businesses Ready to Go Deep in Energy Efficiency?
- [Event] Second GBPN Annual Building Sector Symposium, 27th and 28th of May
- [Event] The GBPN at ECEEE Summer Study, Meet us There!
- [Report] Energy Efficiency Efforts in U.S. Buildings Should Focus on Improvements in Regulation and Financing
- [Report] Why Buildings Hold the Key To a Low-Carbon Future
- Investing in Energy Efficiency in Europe’s Buildings: A View from the Construction and Real Estate sectors
- What is a Deep Renovation Definition?
- Buildings For Our Future, The Deep Path for Closing the Emissions Gap in the Building Sector