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ITRE’s adoption of the report will ensure that the contribution of the buildings sector to the overall EU energy efficiency target is maximised through improved national long-term renovation strategies, which will now include milestones and indicators to monitor progress towards 2050 targets. MEPs also voted for building renovation passports (BRPs) – guides that outline relevant measures and renovations that would improve the energy performance of a specific building. These could include trigger points to ensure that renovations happen at the most appropriate time in the lifespan of a building. The inclusion of a vision for a Nearly Zero Energy Building Stock by 2050 calls for buildings to become as energy efficient as possible, with maximum renewable energy supply. MEPs decision to vote in favour of renovations strategies aligned with long-term 2050 goals and the support for BRPs is particularly welcome by the GBCs in the BUILD UPON project who identified the importance of these measures via in their recommendations on renovation, published shortly after the BUILD UPON project concluded. The final version of the EPBD will only be adopted once ‘trilogue’ discussions are concluded -trilogue is the process by which the European Commission, Parliament and Council negotiate on the basis of their respective positions. The European Council adopted their position in June. A final position on the EPBD is expected in December.   The ERN’s position paper is available here." 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"It's fantastic that the international business community is actively looking to EU research projects like BUILD UPON for inspiration on how to create some of the big shifts needed in society and our economy" said James Drinkwater, Director of WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network. "Green Building Councils across Europe are actively leveraging the insights developed during the two year project to drive even greater impact across their national building and construction sectors." During the BUILD UPON project, the Europe Regional Network built up an interactive library of resources on how to build high-impact communities and create transformation change, which has been accessed over 2.5k times. These resources can be accessed here: https://kumu.io/worldgbceurope/build-upon-resource-library The four success factors the article sets out are summarised below. 1. Resource Measures Every successful project needs resources. Stakeholders that lead a transformative initiative usually perceive resources as limited but never as scarce, and often, resources seem to be abundant. This starting point, paired with the presence of a deeper shared intention or purpose, triggers stakeholders to dedicate their efforts to long-term co-investments that nourish resilient relationships. 2. Principles of Power The power of successful large-scale projects is never in the hands of a single person or stakeholder. The power resides in the freedom of the groups of stakeholders (parts) that contribute to the health of the whole at the same time. If we start with the idea that resources are limited but not scarce, in combination with the idea that these resources generate value for those involved, then it is possible for power to reside in the parts (giving freedom) and the whole (providing solidarity), as well as in relationships (being fair) all at the same time. 3. Criteria of Value Stakeholders take on transformation, in part, because they value creating a systemic and measurable impact on their work. They also value highly resilient long-term performance versus short-term benefits. Stakeholders are willing to promote an increase in individual choices to support future potential. To build internal resources that generate impact, participants must promote learning and growth as well as economic value. 4. Codes of Interaction Stakeholders in transformational processes come together because they share a deeper purpose. They want to significantly increase the value and impact that they generate individually. They are also determined to realize meaningful relationships with individuals and groups -- within and beyond their current scope -- to create this impact." 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Sadly, the position of Council weakens the directive and puts the EU at risk of falling short of the commitments agreed under the Paris Agreement. In May, Green Building Councils, buoyed by the success of the BUILD UPON project, wrote to their Energy Ministers to advocate for a stronger vision for building renovation. Sharing their expert view that renovation strategies are key to coordinating existing efforts and initiatives, GBCs urged ministers to advocate for national renovation strategies with clear targets for 2050, concrete milestones for 2030 and solid implementation plans. GBCs also reminded governments of the 300 organisations who recently backed a call for stronger renovation strategies and outlined their willingness to support the design and implementation of the renovation strategies. The recommendations from the BUILD UPON project are clear: the EU needs strong, robust renovation strategies that help deliver on long term goals for 2050. BUILD UPON’s collaborative process demonstrated that achieving this requires a concerted effort among public institutions, private sector organisation and civil society groups to join up and coordinate efforts. 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The coalition – which includes cities, public authorities, property developers, manufacturers and energy utilities, as well as trade associations, NGOs and universities - is backing the need for ambitious ‘national renovation strategies’ that set out clear targets, milestones and measures on transforming existing buildings. The intervention comes as EU member states near the deadline* to publish updated strategies to renovate their buildings, which account for around 36 per cent of Europe’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and as political decision-makers grapple over the future of EU energy laws for the construction sector. This groundswell of support for more ambitious European renovation policy follows the conclusion of BUILD UPON, an EU Horizon 2020 funded project, in which 13 Green Building Councils in Europe played a leading role in helping national governments to create strong and robust strategies that will see their countries unlock the energy saving potential in their buildings. Their recommendations are released today in a series of publications by the World Green Building Council, the coordinating organisation behind BUILD UPON, a project which has received praise from dozens of ministries, cities and other public authorities across Europe for its major impact on renovation policy. The publications set out actions for how their countries can deliver the level of ambition needed on existing buildings that will meet the Paris Agreement (see notes to editors below), and were developed by the 13 Green Building Councils through a major collaborative process involving nearly 2,000 key organisations at 100 events across Europe. James Drinkwater, European Regional Director of the World Green Building Council, said: “Europe is at a cross roads in terms of its energy policy, with decision-makers unwilling to commit to a clear vision for one of Europe’s most pressing climate challenges – its buildings. But this intervention is proof that a large number of businesses and organisations are committed to ambitious plans on building renovation.  “Our Green Building Councils in Europe have been leading this charge by helping their national governments to develop strong action plans to transform buildings across Europe.” Experts have warned that significantly stronger building renovation policy is needed if Europe is to unleash a boom in construction jobs, improve citizens’ quality of life – particularly those on lower incomes who are hit hardest by energy costs - and to meet its climate obligations under the Paris Agreement. 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The themes were: national big picture, energy efficiency in facilities, apartment buildings, market creation, challenges for municipalities and how to finance deep renovation.

Key Recommendations for Finland to advance energy efficiency through renovation

These recommendations offer insights on how to update the Finnish national renovation strategy based on the different workshops’ results and recommendations given by the participants. They were presented at the official stakeholder hearing for the update process of the national renovation strategy organised by the Ministry of the Environment and their partners on 10th February 2017. There’s a strong need for deeper collaboration between renovation actors and we need to find ways to support this – open data, common platforms, active exchange of knowledge. Even active work in distinguishing project opportunities by looking at renovation needs in certain areas that could be potential projects. The building and construction sector and the government should support the R&D work of the financial sector to enable market driven development of financial instruments such as Green Mortgages, Green Loans and Green Bonds that push energy efficient renovation. This means stronger and more active involvement by the dwellers and tenants in planning and carrying out renovation efforts that seek to better the energy efficiency of their buildings and make sure that they use the buildings in a way that supports achieving the best outcomes in energy efficiency. Easy tools such as energy efficiency checklists and templates for including energy efficiency aspects for calls for tenders in renovation would help the market. The price of a building needs to reflect its true condition and therefore renovation efforts and energy efficiency enhancements should result in an increase in the value of the building. The valuation done by banks and lenders, but also the home buyers and organisational tenants need to reflect this ideology. We need more renovation data and open access to outcomes and best practices to support renovation ambitions to seek more energy efficient measures when planning renovation actions. Renovation also has to seize the opportunities of digitalisation. This major trend offers ways to produce more cost-efficient and higher performing renovation services and processes, resulting in better outcomes for all renovation stakeholders. Deeper collaboration between homeowners, housing co-operatives and real estate managers that enables active conversion also with energy efficiency experts is very much needed to push renovation. This work could help us to look into new ways of renovating our buildings, by suggesting to look beyond the borders of our own yard and asking the neighbours to tell why their grass is always greener. It could also help to scale up renovation activities with bigger projects renovating a group of housing co-operatives or even whole areas. Our housing co-operatives need support and tools for the planning, especially the financial side, of their operation in the long term, in accounting the whole lifecycle of their buildings while making decisions and in planning and carrying out energy efficient renovation activities. We need to see if renovation incentives like property tax reduction for energy efficient build, lower securities for mortgages when purchasing high performance homes, monetary support for planning ambitious energy renovations or household reduction addressing renovation efforts could come into question in Finland. Finland needs to find ways to support cross-border collaboration between the renovation industry and the education sector to make the best of available knowledge and pass on the best practices. Energy efficiency specific qualifications (for consultants, real estate managers, real estate facilities management, planners and designers etc.) could also be a way to move forward in including energy efficiency more deeply to renovation activities. Renovation processes have been under scrutiny in Finland and in order to move to the next phase we need to see a change that transforms our excellent but one-off pilot projects and tested best practices into everyday practice. This would link the customer needs to the value creation of renovation services, ensure the procedure of delivering quality solutions that do what has been promised, shorten project timelines and all in all result in a situation that makes all the stakeholders happy.

Extensive stakeholder process involved 120 organisations to Build Upon activities

GBC Finland’s Build Upon workshops gathered 120 organisations to work together on exchanging views on various themes relevant to the national renovation strategy and finding a common basis and outlook for the actions needed on this update round. GBC Finland, with the help of the project's Change Leaders, mapped out the key stakeholder groups for each workshop and invited them to share their views. The process has also been inclusive in a way that has invited any active relevant organisations to take part in the Change Leaders group (23 experts), in the workshops and in planning the Build Upon work. All the six workshop reports are all available at www.buildupon.eu/finland." 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The workshop on February 15, held at Legambiente in Rome, addressed the issue of the formulation of a policy framework on a national scale. In this last workshop in Rome the participants tried to identify the strategic issues to make tenants active part of the process and to implement these processes in public administration at all levels. The closing event on February, 16 represented the final push to reflect on the deep renovation in Italy and the opportunity to present the results of the project at the institutions. The priorities of action identified by the stakeholders in the italian BUILD UPON path are available to download both in Italian and in English. At the round table of stakeholders in the closing event of BUILD UPON took part: Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transportation, ENEA, ANCI, Renovate Italy, Legambiente. In Italy the government has recognized the incentives to renovate of private houses that consider the entire building as an object of intervention in a long-term perspective. Anyhow, all the protagonists of the round table stressed the urgency of a resolution of access to credit problems, the transferability of the incentives and the entrance of private finance charges down the market transformation. As well as the professional skills upgrading to ensure quality interventions. Among the many points for reflection, everyone has recognized the need to quantify the benefits of the renovation such as security, welfare, health and increased productivity. On this, a key role is playing from the sustainability rating system that are able to measure with clear metrics these important aspects. Gianni Silvestrini, President of GBC Italia, praised the path of dialogue with the institutions and stakeholders of the BUILD UPON project highlighting the innovative aspects. Silvestrini also felt optimistic about the future of the construction sector in Europe for the advances that are being activated on multiple fronts. BUILD UPON the project, through the path of dialogue, he has proposed an innovative method to address the decision-making aspects at national, open and inclusive towards all the players involved. There remains the hope that this innovation is understood and replicated at all levels, to become, in the future, a recurring practice. In Italy more than 82 stakeholders have been involved such as organizations, associations and enterprises, (click here to see the complete list). Among these Ministry of the Environment , Ministry of Transportation ENEA and Renovate Italy have followed the entire process of dialogue actively participating in all workshops scheduled." ["post_title"]=> string(66) "The Italian BUILD UPON's dialog process came to its closing event!" 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With heated negotiations on the EU's main energy efficiency laws underway, and a deadline of 30 April 2017 approaching for countries to deliver national renovation strategy plans to Brussels, those preparing the strategies for Ireland, Croatia, Luxembourg and Finland presented how they are tackling this challenge. One of the striking features of the presentations was how these governments were starting to coordinate openly with industry and other actors to find innovative and practical solutions to driving large-scale building renovation. Whilst it is widely accepted that cross-sector leadership on the building renovation agenda will be needed if Europe is to fulfil the targets set out in the Paris Agreement, many larger countries are still criticised for failing to coordinate and build consensus across sectors on this key issue for climate policy. With Ireland one of the clear leaders on this debate, Kenneth Cleary from Ireland's Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment opened the speeches - noting that the BUILD UPON project had "allowed policy makers to devote more attention to solutions to issues rather than identifying them". The process in Ireland and other countries demonstrated that stakeholders want to get involved in a constructive manner with complex energy issues, and that innovative consultation processes led by Green Building Councils can be complimentary to traditional government-led policy consultations. The EU Horizon 2020 funded BUILD UPON project, led by Green Building Council España and 13 Green Building Councils across the Europe Regional Network of WorldGBC, will shortly publish its final recommendations for renovation strategies across the region - adding an important national perspective to the current EU debate over the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. 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ITRE’s adoption of the report will ensure that the contribution of the buildings sector to the overall EU energy efficiency target is maximised through improved national long-term renovation strategies, which will now include milestones and indicators to monitor progress towards 2050 targets. MEPs also voted for building renovation passports (BRPs) – guides that outline relevant measures and renovations that would improve the energy performance of a specific building. These could include trigger points to ensure that renovations happen at the most appropriate time in the lifespan of a building. The inclusion of a vision for a Nearly Zero Energy Building Stock by 2050 calls for buildings to become as energy efficient as possible, with maximum renewable energy supply. MEPs decision to vote in favour of renovations strategies aligned with long-term 2050 goals and the support for BRPs is particularly welcome by the GBCs in the BUILD UPON project who identified the importance of these measures via in their recommendations on renovation, published shortly after the BUILD UPON project concluded. The final version of the EPBD will only be adopted once ‘trilogue’ discussions are concluded -trilogue is the process by which the European Commission, Parliament and Council negotiate on the basis of their respective positions. The European Council adopted their position in June. A final position on the EPBD is expected in December.   The ERN’s position paper is available here." 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