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Activating a market for deep-renovation through building additions

3rd ABRACADABRA International Workshop

Brussels, 16 March 2017Save the date

The 3rd International Workshop within the framework of the ABRACADABRA project is going to take place in Brussels on March 16th. Under the topic of 'Activating a market for deep-renovation through building additions: regulatory challenges' the event is going to present a diverse mix of challenges on the ground- as they have been marked through the national meetings- as well as innovative responses to them.

- What are the success factors of deep renovation across Europe, and how can best practices be replicated?
- What are the key challenges for activating the market for deep renovation, and how can regulation help in overcoming them?
- What kind of incentives and mechanisms are available, e.g. tax rebates/fiscal incentives, etc.?
- How to identify the best option to overcome urban planning and legal regulatory barriers at the local level?

Eva Bauer of our Austrian Member, GBV will be among the speakers. Eva will hold a presentation on the issue of 'Norms and regulations: opportunity or disincentive' within the framework of the session dedicated to the success factors of deep renovation across Europe, exploring how best practices can be replicated.

ABRACADABRA aims to build confidence and demonstrate the attractiveness of a new renovation strategy that boosts the energy performance of buildings. The new strategy is based on volumetric Add-Ons and Renewables (AdoRes) - in other words additions to the side, top or façade of buildings, or even entire new building constructions, which are integrated with renewable energy sources. The revenue generated by these additions – through renewable energy savings, rent, and so on – can be used to help the buildings transition towards nearly zero energy.

The ABRACADABRA project is developing a toolkit, targeting policy makers, with a focus on regulatory challenges and opportunities for boosting energy retrofitting of buildings. For this purpose, the project will investigate regulatory issues, as well as available good practices, in the project’s target countries (Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Spain, and the Netherlands).