Investing in Energy Efficiency in Europe’s Buildings. A view from the Construction and Real Estate Sectors

Case Study / Report / 25-04-2013 / Europe / English
Authors: The Economist Intelligence Unit on behalf of the GBPN

A survey among building sector and real estate business executives in Europe on the feasibility of implementing energy efficiency measures across their sector 


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