Since 2013, the association Buildings for the Future (B4F) has actively shaped public policies with the aim of promoting a high quality level of construction and renovation of buildings in terms of energy efficiency, the quality of the indoor environment and along principles of building sustainability. Through its member associations, B4F represents more than 150 companies with total annual sales of more than € 1.7 billion, and nearly 9,000 full-time employees.

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REDay2022 National Partner Event

27 September 2022

The last Census of population living in houses and apartments conducted in Slovakia in 2021 has shown that almost 63% od single family houses (SFHs) use gas for heating, more than 28% use different types of solid fuel (e.g., coal, wood, wooden pallets, and coke), and only about 6% use electric heating. The Slovak Environment Agency is about to launch a brand-new call for 30 000 SFHs and aims to support at least 4 000 SFH until end of 2022. Other Easter European countries are likewise dependent of natural gas and we can observe a shift in preferences of heating from natural gas to other sources. How are the states ‘support schemes ready to support people on their way to more energy efficient living?


Monitoring the National Recovery and Resilience Plans

The REC team along with its National Partners and E3G will be monitoring the implementation of the buildings-related elements of the national recovery plans in 19 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

Monitoring the national recovery plans will be done thanks to the Renovate2Recover Study, undertaken by E3G in close cooperation with Renovate Europe’s National Partners, and the information available on the European Commission’s Recovery and Resilience Scoreboard.

Each country page includes:

  • a summary of the total investments allocated to buildings, and in particular for energy renovation;
  • a timeline of the latest disbursements;
  • an indicative timeline for future payment requests;
  • a table listing in detail the buildings-related investments and reforms that each Member State includes in its NRRP. The measures have been categorised under their specific instalments.

Click here to access the monitoring page of the Slovakian National Recovery and Resilience Plan.

2021 - Renovate 2 Recover: How Transformational are the National Recovery Plans for Buildings Renovation?

National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) present a unique opportunity to accelerate the delivery of deep renovation across the EU. The analysis of the NRRPs in this Study demonstrates that significant renovation activity is planned and will be made possible through the successive disbursements of the Recovery Funding. But these renovations must be done properly, and the money must be spent well. This unprecedented additional injection of public funds must set the EU building stock firmly on the path to achieving its Renovation Wave goals to 2030 and meeting the 2050 climate targets.

For NRRPs to be transformational towards achieving these goals, two key aspects need to be strengthened:

  1. Ensure funding delivers a step change towards realising deep (or staged deep) renovations, going well beyond the 30% minimum energy saving recommendation set by the European Commission.
  2. Invest in the right enabling framework, including leverage of private finance, to create sustainable renovation markets that will grow beyond 2026.

Slovakian profile from the study commissioned by the Renovate Europe Campaign and conducted by E3G with input from Buildings for the Future.

Click here to read the Full Slovakian Profile in the study