Conference "Building Renovation - towards low energy consumption"

  Date:   04 - 05 March 2010
  Venue:   A-4600 Wels, Upper Austria/Austria
  Conference fee:

   170 Euro (plus 10% VAT)

  Conference languages:   English, German, Italian
  Organisation and conference office:    O.O. Energiesparverband
   Landstraße 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
   Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
   Fax +43/732/7720-14383
   office [AT] esv.or [DOT] at  


4 March 2010

09.00 The energy efficiency package of the EU

  • Opening & Welcome
    Rudi Anschober, Regional Minister for Energy, Upper Austria
    MEP Claudes Turmes, European Parliament, President Eufores
  • Indicators for energy efficiency: towards a low carbon society
    Richard A. Bradley, International Energy Agency

  • The new European Buildings Directive
    Martin Elsberger, European Commission, DG Energy & Transport

  • Form follows energy
    Brian Cody, Institute for buildings and energy, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Cost optimal levels for building renovation - how deep to go?

  • How deep to go: the economics of renovation
    Rod Janssen, Member of the Board, eceee

  • The pathway to 8 million refurbished homes
    Claire Roumet, Secretary General, CECODHAS - Housing Europe
  • Aim high, go low!
    Werner Hansmann, Vice-President, Eurima
  • The building renovation programmes in Upper Austria
    Gerhard Dell, Energy Commissioner, Director O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria
  • Improving US building energy efficiency and the pioneering role of Massachusetts
    Ian J. Finlayson, Manager, Buildings and Climate Programs, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, USA

14.45 Innovative technologies for efficient renovation

  • Building renovation - top-level research results
    Michael Paula, Theodor Zillner, Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, Austria

  • 10 rules for energy efficient renovation of office buildings
    Anke Mennenga, Bavarian Environment Agency, Germany
  • Pre-fabricated systems for low energy renovation
    Robert Fischer, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland
  • International examples for advanced housing renovation
    Fritjof Salvesen, KanEnergi, Norway

Investing in building renovation - programmes and financing

  • The German CO2 building renovation programme - economic impacts
    Patrick Hansen, Forschungszentrum Jülich, IEF-STE, Germany

  • Financing building renovation
    Architect Blair Hamilton, Director, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, USA 
  • The Czech "Green Savings" programme
    Irena Plocková, Státní fond životního prostředí ČR, Czech Republic
  • Eco refurbishment of housing
    Paul Ciniglio, Radian Technical Services, UK
  • The user's perspective: people, energy and carbon
    Bill Bordass, Research and Policy Adviser, The Usable Buildings Trust, UK

18.30 End

19.00 Evening event

5 March 2010

09.15 Working Groups

The working groups are introduced by short impulse statements and will invite the participants to discuss and actively exchange their views.
Languages: English, German

Working Group 1: From European policies to local implementation

  • Target 2050 - aiming for a 60 % carbon footprint reduction
    Kierson Wise, Severn Wye Energy Agency, UK

  • The Clinton Climate Initiative - Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Programme
    Vollrad Kuhn, Clinton Climate Initiative

    Chairpersons: Jan Geiss, Eufores & Andoni Hidalgo, Eurima

Working Group 2: Refurbishing Europe's social housing

  • A successful programme for retrofitting social housing in Estonia
    Marit Otsing, Estonian Union of Co-operative Housing Associations

  • Solar refurbishment of Hungary's largest block of flats
    Péter Puskás, Deputy Mayor, Óbuda, Hungary

  • Using ETS funds for building renovation
    Vít Vaníček, President, Czech and Moravian Housing Cooperative Union, Czech Republic

    Chairperson: Sorcha Edwards, Deputy Secretary General, CECODHAS - Housing Europe

Working Group 3: Product innovation & services

  • Energy efficient lighting - a contribution to accelerate building renovation
    Harry Verhaar, Senior Director Energy & Climate Change, Philips Lighting, The Netherlands

  • Examples for zero energy renovations
    Heinz-Christian Plöderl, PAUAT Architekten, Austria

    Chairperson: Christine Öhlinger, O.Ö. Energiesparverband

12.00 - 15.30 Site-visits to low energy / passive renovation projects

A step-up in renovating buildings towards low energy consumption creates a triple-win situation: it provides a much needed impetus to the European economy, it contributes to the achievements of energy and climate targets and it decreases energy costs for citizens, businesses and public bodies.

The conference "Building Renovation" will present how public policies will contribute to triggering a renovation boom, financing models and technology solutions. It will showcase innovative examples of the energy-efficient, economic and sustainable renovations of domestic, public and commercial buildings and for social housing and outline approaches towards zero energy renovations.

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