The EU requires each country to establish a ‘national renovation strategy’; a long-term strategy for renovating the nation’s homes and commercial buildings to high standards of energy efficiency.
This had to be done for the first time by 30 April 2014, with strengthened strategies to be delivered every three years thereafter, with the next by 30 April 2017. So, how are we doing?
Today, many of the individuals and organisations who have a stake in this challenge are not actively engaged in the national renovation strategy debate. The absence of large scale structured collaboration between renovation stakeholders and initiatives means countries are not currently delivering the renovation revolution Europe needs.
We believe that changing the way we work together will lead to strong, well implemented renovation strategies over time. Success is therefore about establishing and maintaining innovative platforms for cross-sector collaboration and partnership.
Europe’s renovation revolution can only be achieved if governments, businesses, NGOs and householders come together: individually, our resources are insufficient to meet this challenge, but collectively we can achieve the impact needed to make our buildings the best they can be.See Resources for Collaboration
Mapping the existing landscape (key stakeholders, initiatives, expertise).
Designing a collaborative community process to strategically build upon and strengthen the existing landscape.
Hosting the collaborative community process, inputting into v2.0 national renovation strategies and generating the buy in to deliver them.
Shaping projects on Awareness Raising innovation, Skills & Capacity Building innovation, Financial & Economic innovation, and Policy & Regulatory innovation, for launch within the BUILD UPON community.
13 Green Building Councils (GBCs) from across Europe are leading this project, coordinated by GBC España and supported by WorldGBC. The Czech GBC, GBC Italia, Irish GBC and Sweden GBC are leading the main phases of the project. GBCs are not-for-profit, member-based organisations that are driving the transformation of buildings, communities and users’ behaviour towards sustainability. WorldGBC is a coalition of more than 100 national GBCs and 27,000 members around the world, making it the largest international organisation influencing the green building marketplace. The Europe Regional Network consists of over 30 national GBCs, working in collaboration with more than 5,000 members across Europe, which represent the full breadth of diverse stakeholders in the buildings sector.