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Retrofitting Social Housing and Active Preparation for EPBD (RESHAPE)

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This project looked at energy performance certification and asked what it could offer social housing. Using results from pilot projects in six countries RESHAPE aimed to help housing managers with certification, to define strategies for retrofitting and to help them get these issues across to tenants, apartment owners and housing cooperatives. The European Directive on the energy performance of buildings and its focus on energy consumption in dwellings are expected to have a big impact on social housing management and the way managers communicate.

Results

  • Studies undertaken on energy quality and retrofitting scenarios in building stocks in six countries.
  • Results have confirmed the fact that low income households are highly affected by energy bills as they constitute a large portion of income.
  • A toolset for three geographic areas, which included tenants on the communication process, developed to help housing co-operatives and homeowners understand and make use of the energy certificates of their buildings.
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Lessons learned

  • There have been success stories in renovating social housing stock: but improvements in the organisation of the renovation process and increased understanding of all issues within the social housing organisations would help to increase the number of successes.
  • Creative financial tools, whether roof top extensions or solutions from ESCOs can assist social housing organisations in overcoming a key barrier, that is the access to appropriate financing.
  • If energy performance certificates are to play a role in the renovation process, there is a need for software tools that support analaysis and improvement scenarios as well as the full integration of certification within the renovation planning process.
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Contact

Ecofys b.v.
Netherlands
Contact point: 
Name: 
Arjan Visser
Tel: 
0031 30 2808 313
Name: 
Maarten Neelis
Tel: 
0031-30-2808324
Name: 
Mirjam Harmelink
Tel: 
+31 30 2808 495
Name: 
Menno Chang
Tel: 
0031-30-28084449
Name: 
Frank Zegers
Tel: 
0031 30 2808 313
Name: 
Suzanne Joosen
Tel: 
0031 30 2808357
Name: 
Giel Linthorst
Tel: 
0031 (0)30 2808322

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In brief

Duration:
01/01/2006 to 30/06/2008
Contract number: 
EISAV/EIE/05/045/2005

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