New Danish strategy for energy renovation of buildings

The Danish government presents 21 specific initiatives, which are expected to reduce energy consumption for heating in existing buildings by 35%.

The strategy for energy renovation of buildings is part of the Danish government’s energy agreement of 2012 and it includes initiatives such as standards for building materials, better guidance for homeowners and an improved energy labelling scheme to reduce the energy consumption in Danish buildings.

- The energy renovation strategy is the largest ever comprehensive strategy to reduce energy consumption in Denmark’s existing building stock. It is a significant milestone in our transition to an energy-efficient society. On the basis of the strategic initiatives, the government expects to reduce heat consumption in existing buildings by 35% before 2050. This is an important signal to both building owners and industry. I hope that the building sector will use the strategy as a foundation for their long-term efforts and investments in new technological solutions, says Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Rasmus Helveg Petersen.

The energy renovation strategy
The strategy’s 21 specific initiatives are aimed at different areas of the building stock and different stakeholders – from professional operators to private home owners. The government proposes to upgrade the energy standards for windows as well as other areas of the building envelope.

In addition, the government recommends implementing voluntary energy classes for existing buildings. This can give building owners a concrete point of orientation during energy renovation and it can pave the way for innovation when energy solutions of the future for homes are being developed. The aim is to increase the incentive for energy renovation through the improvement of the energy labelling scheme.

Input from more than 40 organisations
The energy renovation strategy is a result of close cooperation between more than 40 organisations within the fields of building, energy and financing as well as knowledge institutions. They have collectively prepared a number of concrete suggestions to reduce the energy consumption in existing buildings through new frameworks and initiatives.

Download the strategy for energy renovation of buildings (in Danish)