carbonn Climate Registry
14.03.2017

ABRACADABRA workshop shows how renovation strategies can boost energy performance in buildings

The ABRACADABRA project 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).  The ICLEI European Secretariat is a project partner.

The ABRACADABRA project will hold an international workshop on 16 March 2017 in Brussels (Belgium), addressing such topics as:

- 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?

 In the framework of the ABRACADABRA workshop and renovation strategy, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability can offer the expertise of the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) in supporting renovation and synergies among different types of action to increase energy efficiency in existing buildings.

 The BEA is part of the global UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, as a strategy to double the rate of efficiency improvements in energy efficiency on building sectors. The BEA collaborative network is led by the World Resources Institute, with ICLEI engaging to support local and subnational governments, together with 70 businesses, governments and NGOs. It provides tools, expertise and technical capabilities to sub-national governments, who commit to implementing and reporting on measures designed to improve efficiency. Reporting takes place in the carbonn® Climate Registry.

The BEA will be presented at the ABRACADABRA workshop by ICLEI with some best practices in the regulation sector that could face common challenges and overcome barriers.

About the workshop:

Date: 16 March 2017

Location: - Banca Monte Paschi Belgio, Avenue d'Auderghem 22, 1000 Brussels

For more information, please consult the ABRACADABRA program and to register, click here.

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