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A Policy Framework for Sustainable Real Estate in the European Union

  • Diane Strauss
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Sustainable Business In Association with Future Earth book series (PSSBAFE)

Abstract

This chapter summarizes the existing knowledge on sustainable real estate in Europe. It is designed as a literature and policy review and provides an overview of where the European Union (EU) and European countries stand regarding sustainable real estate in 2017. A first section reviews the EU regulations and policies that promoted minimum standards and common practices to boost the sustainable transition of the building stocks across Member States. A second section examines the diversity of European countries, their different approaches and uneven progress toward “smart-readiness”. Three challenges are identified: the difficult financing of building renovation, the necessity to alleviate energy poverty and the current transition toward connected buildings. Key national policies are sampled to illustrate the diversity of paths chosen by European countries.

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  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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