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Integrated Services to Boost Energy Renovation in Hungarian Homes

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When old meets green

A green building is designed to reduce the overall impact of the built-up environment on human health through the efficient use of energy, water and other resources. Green makeovers are necessary for old buildings that were built to be heated one room at a time. While the refurbishing of old buildings is vital, it is not an easy process. The EU-funded RenoHUb project will upscale the energy retrofits of old homes in Hungary through the development of an integrated business model. It will address the entire value chain of home retrofitting – from social, behavioural, communication and capacity building aspects through to supporting the decision-making and technical implementation, as well as the ex post assessment of energy and cost saving.


RenoHUb aims to trigger a significant upscale of the energy retrofits of the Hungarian homes through the development of an integrated business model that is sustainable and cost-covering after the end of the project. RenoHUb intends to enable households to take the first step towards becoming prosumers, and map and remove all the non-financial barriers which cause setbacks in the process.

The project addresses the entire value chain of home retrofit: from social, behavioral, communication and capacity building aspects through supporting the decision-making and the technical implementation, up to ex-post assessment of energy and cost saving. The key project focus includes the promotion of trilateral cooperation between the home owners, the existing local “Sparkasse” (building saving society) institutions as well as commercial and development banks.

The total of 4.4 million of Hungarian households accounts for some 33-35 percent of the country's energy consumption. Two-thirds of residential building stock is energetically outdated. Hungary’s final energy saving commitment by the end of 2020 assumes 167,5 PJ. With the current pace of the energy refurbishment in the residential sector, this target is unlikely to be achieved. The goals for 2030 have already been drafted in the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) and will be decided by the end of 2019. The residential sector will be the primary sector targeted for energy efficiency developments since after demonstrating a slight decline within the period of 2005-2015 the overall energy consumption of the residential sector has increased since 2015.

RenoHUb encompasses extensive consultations with stakeholders, including financing institutions, as well as capacity building, pilot renovation activities and targeted communication. The key project outcome will be a Renovation Hub model that is based on a “one-stop-shop” scheme. It will integrate an on-line platform and physical advisory hotspots in order to increase the renovation rate both in the multi and single family building segments in Hungary.

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Net EU contribution
€ 599 948,75
1056 Budapest

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Közép-Magyarország Budapest Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 599 948,75

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