Retrofitting residential buildings
Supplying buildings with heat is the single largest source of energy consumption; it alone accounts for about 30% of scope-1 and scope-2 emissions. A major challenge thus lies in speeding up the rate of retrofitting, thereby lowering the demand for heat. The remaining demand (for heat and electricity) is to be met with renewable energy.
The current rate of retrofitting in Leuven is just shy of 1%. The goal is to increase this figure to 3%, which corresponds to approximately 1.000 homes being retrofitted every year. At least 60% of those will need to undergo a deep retrofit, scaling back energy use to the lowest possible level. The use of fossil fuels for heating, and for the supply of hot water for domestic use, will be kept to a minimum.
A retrofitted home has many advantages (a lower energy bill, a higher level of comfort, higher real-estate value), but getting there is complex. There are tens of thousands of home owners in Leuven, and they often lack the interest, know-how, or capacity to carry out the measures needed for retrofitting. To get them on board, it will be important to provide adequate support. The program therefore places a strong focus on actively reaching out to home owners and meeting their needs. This will be done through offering tailor-made advice, ‘unburdening’ home owners via projects of joint retrofitting (in which multiple homes are retrofitted simultaneously), and addressing regulatory barriers (either at the local level or by reaching out to policymakers at a higher level). For the rental market, a separate, sector-specific approach will be developed.
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7 project clustersWe will realise this program with these project clusters
- Site 01
Reaching out to private owners of residential buildings
- Site 02
Providing advisory support for retrofitting residential buildings
- Site 03
Addressing regulatory and financial barriers to retrofitting residential buildings
- Site 04
Retrofitting social housing
- Site 05
Setting up projects of joint retrofitting
- Site 06
Retrofitting private residential buildings on an individual basis
- Site 07
Addressing the energy consumption of equipment and appliances in residential buildings
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