Briefing 1/2019: Why Good Health Begins in a Good Homes


April 2018 Good health can come from many sources, but maybe none is as overlooked as the value of a good building. We spend about 90% of our lives indoors. Most of the air we breathe over our lifetimes is found there. Our buildings’ temperatures, lighting, humidity, draughts and noise can determine our vulnerability to illness. They can even affect our moods and mental wellbeing. The World Health Organisation estimates that 4.3 million people die prematurely each year from exposure to indoor air pollutants.  Reams of studies on the subject have incontrovertibly linked healthy bodies to…

Briefing 1/2018: Digitalisation, Disruption and the Energy Renovation Sector


March 2018 Robots and the construction industry may not go together like a horse and carriage in parlour talk but, as digitalisation gathers pace, they look set to define Europe's building sites in the next century. Working in the building industry has long been characterised as a physically exhausting and rather low paid activity that lacked innovative drivers, according to the European Builders Confederation (EBC), the organisation representing construction SMEs and craftsmen in Europe. “We have a skills shortage, an ageing workforce and the fundamental problem that young people do not…

Briefing 4/2017: Energy Renovations can make the next MFF “Europe’s biggest jobs programme”


December 2017 What better way to reach out to EU citizens than by improving their health, comfort and wellbeing in their homes, their offices, their schools, where we spend up to 90% of our time, while simultaneously creating quality jobs for local SMEs, improving social inclusion through urban regeneration and skills development, and boosting European competitiveness through innovation and digitalization?     Download the Renovate Europe Briefing 4/2017: Energy Renovations can make the next MFF "Europe's biggest jobs programme" Read the Renovate Europe oped on the Euractiv:…

Briefing 3/2017: Energy Renovations Benefit Communities, not Speculators


25 September 2017 Over 1.8m refurbished households in Europe received an average €724 a year cut in their energy bills over the first half of this decade, but more impressive is the growing body of evidence that their communities blossomed as a result.  Around half a million jobs have been created by the €33bn of EU monies spent on social housing programme in areas of high social deprivation - that's 15 jobs for every €1m invested. But the renovation projects have also left a legacy of friendlier communities and improvements to the quality of life.     Download the Renovate Europe…

Briefing 2/2017: Energy Renovation – Making Financing Accessible to the People


10 May 2017 Here’s a riddle. Why is a product that can prevent energy poverty, dangerous global warming, indoor air pollution and energy import-dependence not the hottest ticket in town? Doubtless there are several factors – from the power of legacy energy lobbies to the sexiness of the brand – but the financing hurdles remain a key barrier to overcome. Simply put, upfront renovation costs are perceived as being too high to attract the people who need them most, and governments have proved reluctant to invest heavily in public programmes that could make a difference. But across Europe, a wide…

Briefing 1/2017: Energy Poverty – Nobody should have to choose between heating and eating


27 March 2017  Energy poverty is as widespread as it is devastating for those who suffer it.  Countries with the poorest building stock have the highest rates of excess winter mortality. EU legislation requires all countries to define vulnerable customers in their energy market so they can be helped, but two thirds of the Member States have not yet done so.  The public health consequences are as grievous as they are unnecessary.     Download the Renovate Europe Briefing 1/2017: Energy poverty – nobody should have to choose between heating and eating Read the Renovate Europe Oped on…