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Mon October 18 2021

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European house-builders set out environmental proposals

13 Jan An umbrella organisation of trade associations for developers and house-builders has set out proposals for meeting European environmental objectives.

The UK's NHBC and HBF are members of Build Europe, whose Green Deal and Renovation Wave report includes 21 proposals aimed at helping make Europe carbon-neutral without disregarding the housing needs of EU citizens.

The report urges EU policymakers to adopt measures such as comprehensive and widespread housing stock renovation, an enhanced use of new digital tools, an ambitious training and communication programme, and the introduction of financing tools and investment support.

Specific proposals covered in the 16-page report include increasing the digitalisation of the house-building sector, developing and increasing the use of simulation tools, fostering renovation through simplified planning, converting non-residential buildings into housing, promoting direct aid for rehabilitation, encouraging off-site modular construction, and increasing skills through  initiation and finance of a 'MasterChef' type European television programme to promote jobs related to renovation.

Marc Pigeon, president of Build Europe, said: “If we want to achieve ambitious renovation objectives, it is not enough to support renovation by private individuals or public operators as in the past. It is necessary to move faster and stronger and to do so we must rely on private operators – developers and housebuilders – to restructure and renovate on a larger scale.”

Filiep Loosveldt, Build Europe managing director, added: “We believe we are well placed to develop effective proposals to inform the work of the European institutions and member states. Our blueprint is designed to bring the EU institutions closer to the citizens they serve, and give Europeans the homes they desire.”

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