Ms. Fabbri opened her presentation by giving a brief overview of previous steps of the study, upon which the impact analysis is based. The first step consisted of a review of existing cases that included certain elements of the broader definition of a building renovation passport, of which 16 where further detailed and analysed. Another step included the results and lessons learned from previous stakeholders’ consultations and survey. All previous evidence indicates that, when supported by other measures, building renovation passports can be effective in alleviating low awareness about renovation.
Ms. Fabbri then introduced a definition of the building renovation passport, which is refined based on the collected feedback and experience. She explains that the term ‘energy’ is purposely left out of the definition and that the ‘period of time’ is left open for different interpretations.
While opening the topic on the analysis of the feasibility, she explained there is so far little on the ground experience in Europe with building renovation passports, consisting of mainly 3 examples effective in Belgium (Flanders), Germany and France (several regional examples). She also explained that residential buildings have the largest share of the stock and potential. As the information deficit (knowledge about which renovation measures to implement, related energy savings, etc.) is larger in this sector, it makes sense to, as a first step, focus a potential launch of a building renovation passport on this sector, and in particular on single-family houses. An important note Ms. Fabbri made is that, while the building renovation passport by definition supports staged renovations, they may as well be carried out in one single occasion.
Ms. Fabbri then continued by laying out some of the most important enabling conditions for increased effectiveness of the passport, and namely:
- increased competence (skills), both for carrying out deep renovations and for issuing the building renovation passport
- technical complementarity with national calculation methodologies
- integration with existing or upcoming schemes and initiatives, e.g. energy performance certification (EPC), smart readiness indicator, long-term renovation strategies, and logbooks
- financial measures to lower the entry costs for end-users