Planning future projects for you and with you
How co-ownerships can save energy
We all have to pay charges for the energy consumed by our co-ownerships, mainly for heating, which represents 30-50% of total charges.
At the same time, the housing sector, for example, is responsible for 75% of energy consumption and 70% of CO2 emissions in Brussels.
It is also certain that energy costs will continue to increase.
Various organisations are aware of these future challenges and wish to be proactive in this field. This means helping co-ownership associations to tackle these issues and, at the same time, reduce their charges.
In order to achieve this, they have joined the European Trainrebuild consortium, whose “objective is to design a value chain strategy, in order to generate a change in the thinking of public and private building owners, focusing on the link between energy efficiency and value related to building ownership. The project aims to encourage retrofitting in a wide range of residential buildings, from individual to multi-family houses and from private to social housing, by providing the appropriate training.”
As part of Trainrebuild, it was only natural that ABSA (B) and ARENE (F) should address the issues facing co-ownerships. After taking part in a European study, we are currently adding the finishing touches to training courses, which are provided in the form of ‘toolboxes’. These toolboxes will enable co-ownership associations and boards to inform co-owners of the issues and resources that will enable them to meet these challenges.
This strategy aims to ensure that co-owners are better informed and able to take part in projects, which may reduce their energy bills.
The following toolboxes will be provided:
1. The current situation: An overview of the current situation in energy terms and the resulting challenges, together with a summary of the obligations and standards currently in force at national and European level.
2. The co-ownership: A summary of the specific context of the co-ownership and some of its working rules.
3. Promoting energy retrofitting projects: In order to initiate projects, it is necessary to identify the relevant stakeholders and how to coordinate their efforts. These stakeholders include the co-owners, co-ownership associations, energy facilitator and energy accountant, who have to work together to get things moving.
4. Funding: Various funding sources exist for this type of project, which are analysed and proposed. We also look at ways of presenting this funding to the general meeting, which is essential.
5. Technology: Technical aspects are discussed, so that everyone is made aware of various opportunities to make energy savings.
6. Implementing projects: This type of project is completed in stages. These projects have to be carefully planned and monitored. This involves conducting audits, preparing energy accounts, producing a multi-annual plan of works and monitoring installations over a period of time.
The above toolboxes will be provided at several training seminars.
This project belongs to you! If we succeed together, we will be proud to have helped you prepare for a better future, by creating a greener co-ownership that is kinder both to the environment…. and your wallet.