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Investments for the energy renovation of buildings in Europe

Juan Alario, GNE Finance | 2021 

Investments for energy renovation of buildings have hardly increased in the past. These investments need to at least double (an increase of about €170 billion per year) to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals. There are strong barriers to this increase, including the low priority of energy investments for most building owners. Economic incentives, even if increased compared to the past, will not be sufficient to remove these barriers. New policies are needed, and the most important is the adoption of minimum performance standards for existing buildings. Well-targeted grants and loans will be an important complement to this new policy.


Third-Party Financing Companies set up in France as Integrated Home Renovation Services

Françoise Réfabert, Energies Demain | 2021 

Third-Party Financing Companies set up in France are examples of “all-inclusive” One-Stop Shops (OSS) / Integrated Home Renovation Services set up by Regions and main cities (Métropoles) to both direct the demand for renovation towards energy performance and facilitate the decision making of households and co-ownerships through an integrated financing offer.

The scope and organisation of these activities depend on local political decisions to overcome the shortcomings of the renovation market:

  • Ile de France Energie (formerly Energies POSIT’IF), ARTEE (Agence Régionale pour la Rénovation Energétique de la Nouvelle Aquitaine), OKTAVE in the Grand Est region, were created in the form of Société d’Economie Mixte (public-private companies). Bordeaux Métropole Energies (BME), which is the holding company of the Régaz Bordeaux group (gas distribution and energy services), has the same company status, and Centre – Val de Loire Region has also chosen this status for the third-party financing operator created in 2020.
  • Hauts-de-France Pass Rénovation was created as a public establishment (therefore legally integrated into the Regional Council)
  • And the Occitanie Region has created the Third Party Financing activity of the Regional Energy and Climate Agency (AREC) as a company wholly owned by Local Authorities (Société Publique Locale – SPL).

All Third-Party Financing Companies aim at easing the financing of energy-efficient renovations. While OKTAVE chose to do it through bank intermediation, the other Third-Party Financing Companies take advantage of their specific legal status, which allow them to provide long-term credits to their customers further to an approval from the French Banking regulation authority.


Summary of the support provided to households and condominiums by integrated and coordinated energy renovation services

In French | August 2021

The French Climate and Resilience Bill, adopted by the Parliament on 20 July, includes a set of measures to boost energy-efficient renovations and, in particular, the definition of consumer support missions.

In addition to the individual contributions to the preliminary consultation launched by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, the partners of the ORFEE project and of the PUCA programme dedicated to global approaches to energy renovation of private housing, present their feedback on the support of households in this note, extracted from the current survey on the attractiveness criteria of their offers.


How to set up a one-stop-shop for integrated home energy renovation? A step-by-step guide for local authorities and other actors

July 2020

How to set up a one-stop-shop for integrated home energy renovation? A step-by-step guide for local authorities and other actors.

If you are part of an organisation that plans to launch a one-stop-shop, this guidebook is for you. You can find learnings from the project and recommendations that will help you to kick start your project. Table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • What do we mean by ‘one-stop-shop’?
  • One-stop-shop business models: overview
  • One-stop-shop business models: pros and cons 
  • Role of local and regional authorities in setting up one-stop-shops
  • 15 recommendations for newcomers


Review of existing approaches for the analysis of the impacts of fuel poverty on Population Health, for the National Observatory of Fuel Poverty

In French | 2019

A complex phenomenon, fuel poverty has cumulative effects and multiple consequences on the quality of life of households and on what are called “health determinants” (resources, housing, living environment, mobility, social cohesion, etc.). Fuel poverty thus impacts the health of households in a global sense. The characterization of these effects, but also of the effects of fuel poverty The characterization of these effects, but also of the effects of actions to combat fuel poverty, is therefore essential. In this perspective, the “Health and Fuel Poverty” sheet In this perspective, the “Health and Fuel Poverty” sheet proposes an overview of the work and methods experimented to date in France and in the English-speaking world. France and in the Anglo-Saxon world. Starting with a presentation of the economic and epidemiological approaches to epidemiological approaches to the health impacts of fuel poverty and actions to combat fuel poverty, other approaches are presented in order to make comparisons and to initiate a reflection on the and to initiate a reflection on the evaluation approaches adapted to the complex phenomenon of fuel poverty. 


Concertation for the declining in france of the dynamic of the "energy efficiency financial institutions group (EEFIG)

Proposals for a better efficiency of the public action in favour of the energy renovation of the private residential stock | 2016

In the fragmented market of private residential renovation, private owners are non-professional project owners, facing craftsmen and small companies that do not spontaneously change their practices. Therefore, how is it possible to ensure the performance of the renovation work, the financing of the work, the massification of these projects in order to reach the national objectives of reducing energy consumption? The working group gathered with the support of the European Climate Foundation (ECF) has come up with 3 key recommendations.

  • Create a public brand of quality and performance to build consumer confidence
  • Graduate tax incentives to encourage the most ambitious work in terms of energy reduction
  • Design financial instruments to prevent and treat fuel poverty, and extend the loan financing offer.

Report  |  Synthèse FR  |  Summary EN

Couples & Group Therapy

How to boost one-stop-shops for integrated home energy renovation in the EU?

Françoise Réfabert Energies Demain, Krushna Mahapatra Built Environment and Energy Technology Linnaeus University, Jean-Charles Hourcade Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environment et le Development (CIRED) | 2021

Among the set of public policy measures recommended by the European Energy Performance Building Directive, One-stop-shops for housing energy-efficient renovations (OSS) are outlined as “accessible and transparent advisory tools“, playing the role of a “trusted third party” and “aggregating housing renovation projects”.

However, the existing one-stop shops do not correspond to a standardised service offer, neither to energy savings thresholds, technical criteria, or quality of renovation specifications.

As homeowners do not particularly prioritise energy efficiency when they want to improve their homes, and their willingness to pay for advice is low, in advance of retrofits, most of one-stop shops need a support from the public sector. The envisaged revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is an opportunity to set stricter energy efficiency criteria for housing renovation. One-stop-shops, defined as services of general interest, would be a key measure to implement them on the ground in a way that is adapted to local conditions.



In French (D2.1) | September 2021

This benchmark aims to carry out an inventory and critical analysis of existing initiatives in the field of quality control and compliance of high-performance renovation works in residential buildings in Europe. It is the first deliverable of Work Package 2 of the ORFEE project. Its main challenge is to prefigure the quality and compliance framework of the ORFEE project.


Policy recommendations : How to boost one-stop-shops for integrated home energy renovation in the EU?

May 2020

Policy recommendations: “How to boost one-stop-shops for integrated home energy renovation in the EU?”

A consensus has existed for several years on the identification of shortcomings, but it is not easy to specify what should and could be an effective one-stop shop activity, that would be commensurate with the political stakes and objectives of the transition to a low-carbon housing. This detailed analysis of the political barriers and drivers for the roll-out of one-stop-shops shall guide European and national policy-makers dealing with building policies.


Innovating in the energy renovation of private housing: making access to the loan possible through technical support for the project

 Report in French | 2020

Third-party financing companies offer individuals a comprehensive and integrated support package for energy renovation work. This report presents their results after several years of implementation.

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Inventory of best practices for setting up an integrated energy efficiency service package including access to longterm financing to homeowners

Inventory of best practices 2017

Keep calm, you do not need to start from scratch when setting up your one-stop-shop. Others already set up an integrated energy efficiency service package, or at least, they started the process. It is worth looking at those past experiences and getting inspired by what worked well, including access to long-term financing to homeowners.



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