On 20 and 21 October in Bologna took place the First European Congress: Energy efficiency in buildings in view of the “20-20-20” plan. The event gathered policy makers, scholars and practitioners, especially architects, engineers and urban planners who discussed on challenges facing their countries or communities in delivering effective energy efficiency solutions in buildings.
The first day of the event was dedicated to an overview of the national policies for delivering energy efficient renewal in urban areas in Italy. Financial incentives for reducing energy consumption were presented as well as plans for renovation in post-earthquake areas and design approaches to energy efficient renovation and regeneration.
The second day focused on international experiences, reflections on already existing European legislation on energy efficiency in buildings and the way it translates into national policies. Manual Casquico from the Portuguese Energy Agency emphasized the importance of taking a whole building design approach, especially focusing on accessibility, aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, functionality/operationality, historic preservation, productivity, security, urban design in delivering energy efficient solutions in cities.
The Housing Europe Board Member, Marco Corradi of Federcasa presented the social and economic problematique of energy efficient renovation and refurbishment in Italy. Housing Europe Research Coordinator, Agata Krause emphasized various roles social housing organisations play in energy transition, many of which go beyond just investment in energy efficient technologies and concern knowledge transfer and capacity building at local, national and international scale.