Energy-efficient buildings, Multi-annual roadmap & longer term strategy

The construction sector accounts nowadays for around 30 million jobs in the EU. Buildings also represent 40% of energy use and 33% of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. The European Economic Recovery Plan, launched a year ago to address the current crisis, includes a new Research Public-Private Partnership (PPP) aimed at developing building and district concepts having the potential to reduce energy use. The “Energy-efficient Buildings” (EeB) initiative is a € 1 billion programme in which the European Commission and industry will support research on sustainable technologies for the EU construction sector. The aim is to develop energy-efficient materials and systems for new and renovated buildings which can help to radically reduce their energy consumption and C02 emissions. In these Research Priorities for the Definition of a multi-annual Roadmap and Longer Term Strategy for the EeB PPP, besides the horizontal aspects, three major challenges have been identified:

  • Refurbishment to transform existing buildings into energy-efficient buildings,
  • Neutral or energy-positive new buildings and
  • Energy-efficient districts and communities. The public-private efforts to support research in these areas will contribute to a successful European strategy for industrial growth in a greener economy.

Read the full publication here in PDF format.

Citation: Energy-efficient buildings PPP, Multi-annual roadmap and longer term strategy, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2010, ISBN 978-92-79-15228-3, ISSN 1018-5593, doi:10.2777/10074, © European Union, 2010

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