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Renovating a building can offer many benefits for the building users and the society at large.
Indeed, it has the potential not only of mitigating climate change by improving energy efficiency and reduce emissions but also of lowering energy bills and improve indoor comfort. In most cases, renovations are more sustainable than tearing down a building or building something new. Renovating a building sustainably implies to use sustainable materials, repurpose materials as much as possible, and consider the change of climate (e.g. frequent hot summers). The use of greener and energy-efficient appliances is also a way to incorporate sustainability into your building renovation.
Please see our briefings: Building renovation: where circular economy and climate meet, Cooling buildings sustainably in Europe: exploring the links between climate change mitigation and adaptation, and their social impacts and Decarbonising heating and cooling — a climate imperative.