The Irish Green Building Council, alongside BPIE and the Climate Alliance – part of the Covenant of Mayors’ office team, and 7 other Green Building Councils, is working to develop a multi-level energy renovation framework.
The framework will serve as a tool for local authorities in delivering Ireland’s Long-term Renovation Strategy* and ensure that local initiatives are aligned with national and European policies. It will contain a suite of milestones and measurable progress indicators, integrating data and insights from the local authority level.
To date, the Irish Green Building Council has been working closely with its European partners and with Ireland’s National Steering Group** to develop the first draft of the framework. This includes indicators covering the following topics: CO2 emission – Energy efficiency – Fuel poverty – Indoor Air Quality – Awareness raising – Investment in energy renovation and jobs creation.
The framework will be piloted by 8 European local authorities, including Dublin City Council, for 6 months from July 2020. This online workshop will bring together a high level focus group to co-design the framework.
The workshop is invitation only and limited to 40 stakeholders from governments and local authorities, constructions companies, researchers, energy providers, financial institutions, and representative bodies. This is to ensure the broadest engagement on the development and implementation of the framework and to maximise the potential for creative input. But, if you have a specific expertise and wish to contribute to the development of the framework, please email [email protected].
The objectives of the workshop are to collect feedback on the latest version of the framework and to discuss measure to support its implementation in Ireland.
Build Upon 2 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 840926. The sole responsibility for the content of this event lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EASME nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
*ABOUT LONG-TERM RENOVATION STRATEGIES
Under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, each Member State shall establish a long-term renovation strategy to support the renovation of the national stock of residential and non-residential buildings, both public and private, into a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050. The strategy must be supported by a suite of measurable progress indicators and milestones.
The latest version of Ireland’s long-term national renovation strategy is available here.
Avoiding a piece-meal approach to energy renovation
To support energy renovation and avoid a piecemeal approach between various levels of governments, the Irish Green Building Council is working with local, national and European stakeholders to develop a multi-level framework that contains a suite of milestones and measurable progress indicators for building renovation strategies, integrating data and insights from the local authority level.
The progress indicators will reflect targeted outcomes across multiple benefits areas for the renovation strategies at local, national and EU level (e.g. on emissions reductions, increased jobs and decreased public health costs). This will help to align different levels of governance as countries implement their renovation strategies.
Why is your input needed?
The Framework will serve as a tool for local authorities in delivering the EPBD and ensure that local initiatives are aligned with national and European policies. By capturing economic, social and environmental data at local level, such as number of upskilled workers, improved indoor air quality etc, the Framework will link renovation projects and initiatives at the local level to policy processes and decision making at national level.
By being able to quantify the impacts across these categories, local authorities will be able to more forcefully make the political case for scaling-investment in the renovation programmes that deliver outcomes that are most important to their communities.
The Framework will ensure there is more feedback between city renovation projects and those organisations who are leading initiatives to support the renovation market (i.e. awareness raising, skills, finance etc.). This will create important feedback loops so when gaps/barriers are spotted at the coalface in cities, initiatives are being generated or scaled to plug these. This will enable national policymakers to be able to more strategically identify initiatives that are making real progress on plugging such gaps/barriers (based on real impact data) and in turn scale their funding/impact so local authorities can be properly supported.
IRELAND BUILD UPON² NATIONAL STEERING GROUP MEMBERS
Kevin McCann – Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment
Rebecca Cachia – Codema
Jeannette Mair – Construction Industry Federation
Gerry Brady – CSO
Ken Cleary – Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Emmanuel Bourdin – Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
Matt Carroll / Patrick Stanley – Dublin City Council
John Curtis – ESRI
Ina Kelly – HSE
Xavier Dubuisson – Retrokit
Conor Hanniffy, SEAI
Orla Hegarty, UCD
Pat Barry – IGBC (Chair)
Marion Jammet – IGBC (Secretariat)