The European Committee on Industry, Research and Energy has launched a report about the importance of making more sustainable the construction sector

According to the European Commission, the 40% of the EU’s energy is consumed by buildings, which make this sector the largest energy consumer from Europe. In addition, these buildings are responsible for the 36% of the CO2 emissions of the continent and nowadays almost the 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient.

In order to stimulate renovation and investment in energy efficient buildings, the European Committee on Industry, Research and Energy has launched a report that focuses deeply on the sustainable potential of European Union’s building stock.

The document introduces the areas that are crucial to the creation of a renovation wave capable of improving the lifestyle of citizens, the quality of buildings and achieving the climate ambitions of the European Union.

Neighbourhoods and communities, construction technologies and building materials, standards, digitalisation and the renovation wave are the key points presented in this report.

The REZBUILD Project, which is focused on developing a collaborative refurbishment ecosystem focused on the existing residential building stock, is completely aligned with the European Committee on Industry, Research and Energy view.

Saint Gobain, one of the partners of the initiative, backed by EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme, has contributed to this report, that wants to add valuable information to boost investment in energy efficient buildings as a useful tool to reduce energy poverty and carbon emissions in Europe.

The REZBUILD Project, that started in 2017 and will continue until September 2021, is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The technologies developed in the framework of the project are being tested in three demo sites in residential buildings located in Madrid (Spain), Oslo (Norway) and Martellago (Italy) and have been chosen to cover 3 of the most usual residential building typologies in Europe and represent the most prevalent European climates (North-Continental, Central-Atlantic and South-Mediterranean).