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Promoting the Financing of Energy Efficiency

Successful RentalCal Workshop at ERES 2016 in Regensburg, Germany

The European Real Estate Society (ERES) Conference is the leading annual real estate research event in Europe and one of the biggest of its kind globally. The ERES meeting also acts as an important interface between academic researchers and industry practitioners. It shares this approach with the RentalCal project, which aims to unite academic thoroughness with industry expertise to produce tangible and practical results. Both this alignment of purposes as well as a gloriously blue sky and sunshine over the conference venue in Regensburg boded well for the two dedicated RentalCal conference sessions and workshops. And indeed, the workshop was a full success by any measure. The attention it attracted from conference attendants was matched by the quality of the insights gained from the audience and panel discussions. At an event where attendants are spoiled for choice with up to eight parallel sessions competing for their interest, the workshop was overwhelmingly well attended by an international audience of about 50 participants from academia and industry. The programme of the workshop consisted of nine presentations from the RentalCal partners under the sponsorship of EU programme Horizon 2020 and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). Speaking for EASME, Janna Schönfeld presented a European policy overview of energy efficiency in buildings. The “Smart Finance For Smart Buildings” initiative is central to the development of policies and an important focal point for the European Commission. RentalCal is contributing to this aim with research, providing transparency for investors who are uncertain about the measurable financial benefits of energy efficiency retrofits in the private rental market. Overall, the workshop delivered a fast-paced mixture of nine presentations combined with brief Q&A sessions. Powerpoints from all presentations can be found at our website:


Financing, energy efficiency


Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom