Insulating all Europe’s residential buildings could cut energy demand for space heating by 44% says BPIE report

The Heraklith® wood wool product range could make a very significant contribution

Improving the insulation of every existing residential building in the European Union would significantly contribute to the bloc’s energy security and achieve the EU’s 2050 net zero ambitions by cutting energy demand for space heating in buildings by 44% compared to 2020, according to a new report by the Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE).

The report, drawn up in partnership with Knauf Insulation, showcases research modelling that reveals how up to 777 TWh in energy savings — equivalent to the electricity consumption of Germany and Spain combined — would be achieved by the full renovation of the EU’s residential buildings.

The report very much supports Knauf Insulation’s sustainability strategy For A Better World

Inge Bommerez Knauf Insulation General Manager BU Wood Wool

Knauf Insulation has continuously campaigned to put energy efficiency and building renovation at the heart of every political agenda. This report demonstrates the golden opportunity that Europe must take now to ensure its energy independence and make a significant contribution to climate action,” she says.

Heraklith® has been producing high-quality, durable and sustainable solutions since 1908 that contribute to buildings where it is pleasant to live, work and stay.

Inge Bommerez, Knauf Insulation General Manager BU Wood Wool

“Our range of Heraklith® Wood Wool insulation panels, renowned for their exceptional properties, are an ideal solution for this type of renovation,” says Albert Seiler, Knauf Insulation Head of Wood Wool Product and System Innovation (PSI) and Engineering. “They offer excellent noise absorption, superb thermal insulation, strength and durability, and outstanding fire resistance. They have a wide range of uses but have proved to be an ideal choice for garages and underground car parks in particular,” he added.

Well-designed parking garages require excellent insulation to ensure they properly reflect the standards and expectations of the properties they serve, such as shopping malls and multi-story apartment buildings.

Oliver Rapf, BPIE Executive Director, says buildings must be treated as vital infrastructure contributing to EU energy security and climate neutrality. “Deep renovation should be one of the EU’s highest priorities facing the energy crisis,” he says.

“The final negotiations of the EPBD in the coming months should define deep renovation as the standard and agree on renovation requirements which deliver on this standard, are fair and backed by attractive financial support for all who need it.”

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