There are two main types of incentive
for addressing renovation barriers.
- Incentives by reward (e.g. subsidies) can
be effective, but must achieve additionality,
i.e. they must bring about renovation
projects which otherwise would not
- Incentives by requirement (e.g. legislation)
can also catalyse renovation activity.
For example, the recent review of the
EPBD (European Performance of Buildings
Directive) includes requirements
on indoor climate which, if correctly
implemented by member states, should
promote more renovation and healthier,
more efficient buildings across Europe.
It is not only up to politicians and legislators
to encourage renovation.
The building industry (manufacturers
and housebuilders) has a responsibility
too. Technologies for cost-effective renovation
exist, but in order for the market
to take the necessary upturn, we need
both scalability and simplification of
solutions. We will look at some such
solutions in the next chapter.
We have seen in previous editions of the
Healthy Homes Barometer, that one in
six – or 84 million Europeans – currently
lives in an unhealthy building, and that
73% percent of European homeowners
quote improved wellbeing as a driver for
Only by making information readily available
about the true state of buildings
and their impact on residents, and about
the best ways for individuals and property
owners to address poor housing,
will we unlock the private investment
necessary to boost renovation rates