BRUSSELS, 12 January 2021 – Build Europe, the leading European trade association for developers and housebuilders, today publishes a report designed to help European policymakers meet the EU’s environmental objectives and make housing more affordable for the EU citizens affected by the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Build Europe’s Green Deal and Renovation Wave includes 21 proposals from developers and homebuilders who comprise over 60% of Europe’s homebuilding capacity. The report identifies imaginative ways to make Europe carbon-neutral without disregarding the housing needs of EU citizens.
Build Europe’s report urges EU policymakers to include in the European Green Deal and the Renovation Wave crucial measures such as a 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.
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 done 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”.