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6 ENERGY RETROFITTING OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS

The exemplary role of the public sector towards the development of future sustainable smart cities is fundamental.
In the context of transforming the public sector, public-buildings renovation plays an important role for the following reasons: most public buildings are old and therefore they are not harmonized with recent directives; they possess a high energy-saving potential which can be achieved through the implementation of technical solutions; the efficiency of public services depends on workers’ productivity which is directly affected by indoor comfort and air quality conditions; they represent reference components in establishing sustainable bridges to future Smart Cities.

As buildings account for approximately 40% of final energy consumption of a Municipality, investing in EE measures in buildings can yield substantial energy savings, while supporting economic growth, sustainable development and creating jobs. Greater use of energy-efficient appliances and technologies, combined with renewable energy, are cost effective ways of enhancing the security of energy supply .
The 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive are the EU's main legislation when it comes to reducing the energy consumption of buildings.
Under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive:

  • EU countries must set minimum energy performance requirements for new buildings, for the major renovation of buildings and for the replacement or retrofit of building elements (heating and cooling systems, roofs, walls, etc.)
  • EU countries have to draw up lists of national financial measures to improve the energy efficiency of buildings

Under the Energy Efficiency Directive:

  • EU countries have to implement energy efficient renovations to at least 3% of buildings owned and occupied by central government
  • EU countries must draw-up long-term national building renovation strategies which can be included in their National Energy Efficiency Action Plans

Download the methodology and read more about:

6.1 Objectives
6.2 Methodology: Steps of implementation and Tools
6.3 Actors of the process and their roles
6.4 Financial resources
6.5 Highlights


Best practices and training materials:

Below is a list of actions implemented in the partner´s territories.

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