Local energy transitions & the building stock: from roadblock to driving force

1 - 3 October 2024, 10:00 - 17:00

Aalborg, Denmark

Local energy transitions & the building stock: from roadblock to driving force

Buildings are essential for our daily life's make up the unique identity of our cities. Currently, an estimated 75% of existing buildings are energy inefficient, making the building stock responsible for 36% of energy-related EU emissions. As such, buildings are a major roadblock not only on the way to achieving energy resilience and climate-neutrality in our cities but also for advancing an affordable local transition. As a result, local authorities and a plethora of stakeholders are exploring innovative solutions to address the major pressure points for the building stock transition: Provide more affordable, climate resilient housing while also decreasing land densification and construction waste.  A circular approach to buildings and urban planning, in conjunction with Plus-Energy-Buildings (PEBs) and districts (PEDs) solutions have a significant role to play for the transition towards a sustainable building stock. 

In this session, we will look at different PEB projects from new, mixed-use buildings to refurbishments to highlight how the PEB / PED model can improve local social cohesion and reduce waste and emissions. Speakers will provide concrete insights into novel approaches to the use of urban space, building policy and technology and discuss concrete pathways to move from roadblock to driving force.

This session is organised by ICLEI Europe and the EXCESS project.

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