BIPV LIFE project was present during the LIFE Platform meeting on climate action and building sector
AGC Glass Europe was one of many building industry experts invited to a meeting on climate action and the building sector on 17 June. The event was a chance to see how the industry can benefit from the LIFE fund for environment and climate change to finance its shift to climate-neutral housing.
“Renovation of buildings is by far the most cost-effective way to tackle the climate problem”, said Roel Vermeiren from the Flemish Energy Agency, speaking at the event.
Roel Vermeiren heads the Flemish region’s building renovation plan, the Flemish Renovation Pact [pdf]. “We called our work a renovation pact because of the huge range of stakeholders working together on the stock of residential buildings”, he explained.
The plan has gained traction by teaming up with large-scale demonstration projects like LIFE BE REEL!, which hosted the gathering in Brussels. LIFE BE REEL! aims to renovate more than 8 500 homes in Ghent, Antwerp, Mechelen, Mouscron and La Louvière. “We are supporting, co-operating and innovating” said project coordinator Eddie Deruwe, “to accelerate a qualitative innovation rate towards Belgium being climate neutral by 2050.”
“We need a systematic change, one involving the property and financial markets, citizens and local authorities,” explained Eddie Deruwe. As an integrated project, LIFE BE REEL! can implement wide-reaching changes and make use of funding from many sources, including the EU, national budgets and the private sector.
LIFE supports many other different types of sustainable building projects across Europe, from nation-wide projects like LIFE-IP CANEMURE-FINLAND to city-specific projects like LIFE @ URBAN ROOFS and LIFE Lugo + Biodinámico.
Calls for projects are regularly made within the LIFE funding programme. Interested organisations can find the latest calls and deadlines on the LIFE website.