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In November 5-6th Core Group meeting in Milan everybody was excited and looking forward to what will happen in DGI-byen.

Herein below a recapitulation of main items by the responsible facilitators of 6th workstream workshops.

Paul Ciniglio about fuel poverty

  • share a common european definition of FUEL POVERTY (some countries don’t have this definition);
  • cultural problems are not included in this concept: include political issues;
  • it’s not a geographical question because even in southern countries insulation in buildings (in winter and summer) is a problem;
  • 30-40 years ago there was a cultural message (green party) about stand a cold home but nowadays the COMFORT is the goal;
  • the title is Cities of tomorrow so the object are CITIES so policies are more important;
  • in the final plenary of the conference each workshop has to make a short conclusion;
  • in Eastern Countries (i.e. Bulgaria) heating costs in social housing are typically 50%  of a family earnings!

Emilio D’Alessio on stimulating demand about energy retrofitting

  • how to keep retrofitting attractive for cities administration and designers?
  • participation (put together stakeholders) is the key-point?
  • financial tools are a crucial element, but a retrofitting strategy must take into account other elements like citizens participation, best practice description, city administration involvement, advertisement
  • consider that in the next decades retrofitting will be the core business of the European building sector
  • not to be similar in 4 workshops management
  • manage subscriptions to facilitate logistic of workshops

Kleopatra Theologidou about energy retrofitting of heritage buildings

  •  URBACT is addressed to cities, the conference is referred to Cities of tomorrow, so the workshops should focus on policies and on what can cities do to encourage or  improve the energy efficiency of buildings   
  • In this context, focus should also be on policies for the improvement of energy efficiency of historic buildings
  • As there is still a conflict between energy improvement measures and historic values, a common base among responsible agencies should be pursued  to reduce bureaucracy
  • Introduce a general approach in the workshop, promoting knowledge and dialogue among participants
  • 25 minutes, is it a realistic time to discuss the different items?
  • EU directly to the cities… (jumping national level)? Solar panel on the roof? (forbidden in historic centre or talk about it?)
  • Use renewable to produce energy close by?
  • Is there a case that energy standards for historic buildings could be adopted at a European, National or Local level?
  • Invert the list of topics in the workshop table description in order to reinforce the central statement
  • Contemporaneous inserted elements can be aesthetically accepted in Europe even in historical environment, if well fitted; it’s just a cultural question

J Owen Lewis on sustainable financial tools for energy efficiency retrofitting

  •  EE is a growth and jobs creation opportunity
  • promote EFFECTIVE financial mechanisms
  • most suitable mechanism will vary in the particular circumstances of different MSs
  • connect energy policies and fiscal policies!
  • propose that utilities are rewarded for delivering energy services instead of energy
  • where is it possible to find money for deep renovation to A class? Is it realistic?
  • Interest rates are key: what can be done to minimise risk to lenders
  • Do we know what will be energy prices in next decade?