Setting out a pathway towards a ‘highly efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050’ is a fundamental pillar of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) requiring the transformation of the majority of buildings from highly inefficient to, at least, nearly zero energy buildings. This constitutes an opportunity to significantly improve the quality of the building stock and the living conditions of all Europeans. However, to achieve this goal the multiple barriers building owners face when planning a renovation must be addressed. Besides the difficulty in accessing finance, one of the main barriers of renovation is the lack of knowledge about what to do and in which order. Building renovation is often considered a burden that many associate with time consuming planning, uncertainty about the value of the planned measures, dust and unreliable professionals.
The iBRoad project works on addressing these barriers by developing an Individual Building Renovation Roadmap for single-family houses. This tool provides a customised renovation plan over a long-term period of time (10-20 years). The roadmap is at its core a home-improvement plan which considers the occupants’ needs and specific situations (e.g. age, financial situation, composition and expected evolution of the household, etc.) and avoids the risk of ‘locking-out’ future renovation solutions due to lack of planning.
The renovation roadmap is combined with a building logbook, a repository where all the building’s related information can be stored and continuously updated. The type of information stored in the logbook and its functionalities can evolve over time and could range from energy production and consumption, to equipment maintenance, as well as insurance, property plans and obligations, energy bills, smart meter data and links to available financing options for renovation projects (e.g. green loans, incentives, tax credits).