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Friday, 16th October 2020

3 to 5pm IST (4 to 6pm CET)

As many as 1.5 million Irish homes are considered energy inefficient and require upgrade work between now and 2050. Retrofitting our homes and businesses is not only critical to reach our climate targets, it can also improve our health and wellbeing, reduce fuel poverty, and create sustainable construction jobs across the country.

As the Programme for Government commits to retrofitting 500,000 homes to a BER rating of B2 by 2030, and as the EU is about to launch its Renovation Wave initiative, the conference will explore what is needed to deliver the renovation wave in Ireland


Pat Barry, CEO, Irish Green Building Council
Eamon Ryan T.D., Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport

Intervention: “Scaling up energy renovation in Ireland”
Adrian Joyce, Campaign Director, Renovate Europe

Panel discussion: How to boost the Renovation Wave?

Deep retrofitting Irish homes (Speaker TBC)

Retrofitting our social housing building stock (Speaker TBC)

Project aggregation and the importance of high-quality data
Xavier Dubuisson, Retrokit

The role of Building Renovation Passports – IGBC (Speaker TBC)



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Tuesday, 27th October 2020

14:00-15:30 (CET)

“If Austria raises considerable funds from the EU Recovery and Resilience Fund, which is endowed with a record sum of € 750 billion, for building renovation, what could we achieve with it? The EU states an investment requirement of € 185 billion for energy renovation. Spending money in a targeted manner also needs a plan, and Austria is now calling for one.”

  • Is the new klimaaktiv standard suitable for a large wave of renovation?” by Inge Schrattenecker, ÖGUT
  • “Renovation program of the Climate and Energy Fund” TBC
  • “Example of innovative renovation” by Gerhard Kopeinig (Architect)
  • “Component activation in the renovation – The Salzburg multifunctional façade” by Matthias Gnigler, (Centre for Alpine Building)
  • “Quality assurance with the new energy certificate” by Georg Thor, (Energieberatung Salzburg)
  • “Qualification of specialists, international database” by Ronald Setznagel (EU project Newcom)
  • “Viennese one-stop shop supports the renovation of private buildings” by Walter Hüttler, (EU project RenoBooster)
  • European Commission – representation in Austria, TBC

October 29, 2020,

12:30-14:00 CET

The even will focus on the potential for energy renovation of buildings under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan.

  • Introduction by Mag. Vladimir Gumilar, Director, Slovenian Construction Cluster – GIZ
  • Presentation of the Renovate Europe Campaign and “Opportunities for energy renovation of buildings within the possibilities offered by Renovation Wave within the European Green Deal” by Adrian M Joyce, Secretary General of EuroACE and Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign
  • “Long-term strategy for promoting energy renovation of buildings in Slovenia” by Mag. Erik Potočar, Ministry of Infrastructure
  • “National Plan for Reconstruction and Resilience” by Mag. Nena Dokuzov, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, in cooperation with the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy
  • “Characteristics of the building stock in Slovenia and opportunities and challenges of renovation” by Dr. Marjana Šijanec Zavrl, Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK
  • “Energy renovation of buildings in Slovenia – why so slow?”by Marko Umberger, President of the Slovenian Solar Energy Association, UM consulting d. o. o.
  • Presentation of the European Strategic Partnership of Clusters for Excellence in Almost Zero Energy Construction and Renovation of Buildings by Horia Petran, Director, Cluster PROnZEB, Romania and Project Manager SMART4NZEB, European Strategic Cluster Partnership for Excellence in Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
  • Discussion and closing of the event by Mag. Vladimir Gumilar, Director, Slovenian Construction Cluster – GIZ

Thursday 29th October 2020

13:00-15:00 CET

The concept of Smart and Energy Efficient Buildings aims to replace the standard building systems. The concept has gained the support of various involved interested parties coming from the public and private sector.

Specifically, and according to the report published by IDATE DigiWorld: “Smart home and smart building market” [April 2017], smart buildings are an expected growing market with a moderate growth of 15% between 2015 and 2025. Translating the percentage into volume, the installed base of Smart Home and Smart Building devices will grow from 233 to over 980 million units by 2025.

In this frame, GIZ and INZEB are organising an online event entitled “Smart & Energy Efficient Buildings” within the framework of REDay2020. The perspectives and the frame for smart and energy-efficient buildings in Europe, as well as the strategies, policies and technology developments in Greece are the main topics to be presented and discussed during the event.

  • Welcoming remarks by Ulrich Laumanns, Project Manager, GIZ and Alice Corovessi, Managing Director, INZEB
  • Welcoming remarks by Adrian Joyce, Campaign Director, Renovate Europe Campaign
  • Maria Spyraki, MEP, EPP “Perspectives for smart and energy-efficient buildings in Europe”
  • Dimitris Athanasiou, DG Energy, European Commission
    The EU framework for smart and energy-efficient buildings
  • Antonis Marinos, Head of Office, Secretariat General for Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Environment and Energy
    Strategies and policies for smart and efficient buildings in Greece”
  • Prof Agis Papadopoulos, Professor of Energy Systems, Aristotle University Thessaloniki
    Technology developments in the field of smart and efficient buildings”
  • Dr Haris Doukas, National Technical University of Athens
    Modular Big Data Applications for Holistic Energy Services in Buildings”
  • Q&A and discussion

October 29, 2020

11 a.m. EET / 10 a.m. CET/

The event will focus on the Renovation of Buildings for the recovery of EU member states and the opportunities for Bulgaria

  • Introduction by Eng. Yordan Nikolov, Executive Director of BACIW
  • Video Stetement by Mr Tomislav Donchev Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria
  • Video Statement by Mr. Valentin Nikolov, Executive Director of Bulgarian Construction Chamber
  • Video Statement of Dragomir Tsanev, Executive Director of EnEffect
  • Presentation on the main theme of the event by Eng. Yordan Nikolov