August 2, 2018

The following tool has been developed in the frame of the EmBuild project which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. 

Renovating and refurbishing the building stock in Europe is an enormous task that cannot be shouldered by public investment only. The EU, in its Energy Efficiency Directive, foresees an exemplary role of the public sector in this regard and views private investment as the main driving force for reaching the aspired breadth and depth of renovation. Public sector engagement is necessary for doing the groundwork, such as preparing sound renovation strategies that can guide private investment or raise awareness of the various benefits of renovations to elicit higher consumer demand.

This report presents possible measures for improving the awareness of the benefits of applying energy efficiency measures and deep renovation in public buildings at the local level. It includes measures of a more general nature as well as country-specific recommendations. The main objective of this document is to present existing and/ or innovative approaches/mechanisms for active involvement of stakeholders at the public level and to facilitate and stimulate the application of such awareness raising measures in practice. The focus of EmBuild lies at the local level. Thus, measures are identified with a distinct local (municipal) and regional (county or district) application.

The recommendations and suggestions in this guide are aimed at local energy efficiency practitioners such as energy managers, energy officers, other experts and personnel involved in planning and applying energy efficiency measures at local level who also have the difficult task to convince the decision makers in benefits of application of energy efficiency measures in public buildings for various reasons (new directives, laws, requirements, budget restrictions, etc.) or interact in their daily practice with the stakeholders who are directly affected or influence the application of the energy efficiency measures (general public, NGOs, building societies, and others) . This document is based on and uses the findings and conclusions from work packages 2-4 of the EmBuild Project:

  • Work Package 2 Inventory of the building stock and stakeholder involvement: Deliverables 2.1 Instruction note on stakeholder categorization and involvement; 2.2 Communication Plan; 2.4 Guidance note on stakeholders’ involvement; 2.7 Comprehensive Report
  • Work Package 3 Cost-effective approaches to renovations: Deliverables 3.2 Catalogue of low- and no-cost measures; 3.4 Standardised report for detailed analysis of buildings
  • Work Package 4 Policies and measures to stimulate cost-effective deep renovations of buildings: Deliverable 4.1 Report on barriers to deep renovation for each participating country

This report also captures knowledge collected and generated during project implementation so the results and products of the project are made available and disseminated to stakeholders and to the widest possible relevant audience to maximise the project scope and impact. The conclusions and recommendations in this document will also serve as guidance to increase awareness of public authorities to attract and absorb investment in resource-efficient processes and actions, particularly in deep renovation/energy efficiency measures in public buildings.