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What is being done in energy agencies to comply with Article 20 of EPBD? ManagEnergy takes a tour-de-table around Austria and Belgium-Flanders and Netherlands to find out more. Article 20 of the recast EPBD relates to the provision of information. Owners and tenants of building shall be provided with information on the different methods and practices for improving energy performance.

Herbert Greisberger from the Lower Austrian Energy Agency (ENU)

Are you running any information campaigns relevant to owners and tenants?

We provide a service that advises owners and tenants on energy issues, with a focus on energy saving. In 2012 we had about 5,000 cases of energy consulting for private households and communities. This service is supported by an information campaign, including advertisements and public events. Energiebewegung is a web-based activity to spread best practice examples of private households. The website includes advertisements and information activities. These information campaigns continue without major changes.

Why have you chosen to focus on this area/audience segment in the information campaign?

The regional governments in Austria are responsible for energy efficiency in buildings. Therefore it is one of the major tasks for all regional energy agencies. Lower Austria implemented an energy efficiency law in 2012 and the ENU was assigned to support the implementation of this law. Furthermore, owners and tenants are the most important target group for energy efficient buildings.

Have you measured the impact of past information campaigns at improving owner and tenant knowledge?

We regularly measure feedback including degree of participation,, number of energy consultations and quality of service.

Will promotion of nZEBs and the cost optimal methodology form part of future campaigns?

Of course it will be part of our information campaigns as it is in the core of our work, even though we will not use the term nZEBs as it is not well understood by the target group.

Geert Flipts from the Flanders energy agency Vlaams Energieagentschap (VEA)

Are you running any information campaigns relevant to owners and tenants?

The Flemish Energy Agency regularly organises information campaigns to promote rational use of energy (RUE). The main focus in these campaigns is the availability of subsidies for RUE investments. In communication campaigns, we mainly focus on owners, however there are also some initiatives focussed on tenants. A special information package has been developed for intermediary organisations that have contacts with tenants.

What future information campaigns have you planned?

By the end of 2013 and the start of 2014, we plan a new big information campaign on subsidies for renovation.

Why have you chosen to focus on this area/audience segment in the information campaign?

Subsidies are still the main trigger to make for investments in RUE. In the Flanders region, more than 80% of the households live in owner occupied houses. These owners are most willing to maintain the value of their property, to improve the energy efficiency of their house in order to lower the energy bill. Landlords are the most difficult group to target as rental income does not increase significantly after carrying out energy efficiency works.

Have you measured the impact of past information campaigns at improving owner and tenant knowledge?

Information campaigns are only a part of the global energy policy. Therefore, measuring the impact of campaigns on energy efficiency invest is difficult. On a 2-year basis, we review the knowledge and willingness to invest in the RUE by owners and tenants. The latest results are available here.

Will promotion of nZEBs and the cost optimal methodology form part of future campaigns?

A communication strategy is being developed regarding the promotion of NZEB. The main focus will be early adopters, with a labelling/promotion system for future owners, architects and constructors. On the other hand, we have an agreement with some banks to give more favourable loans for NZEB owners.

Marjolein Heinemans from NL Agency / NL Energy & Climate

Are you running any information campaigns relevant to owners and tenants?

Currently, there is no active government information campaign in the Netherlands. The previous information campaign has been carried out by the Ministry of Housing is described. Links to past advert campaigns: here and here

What future information campaigns have you planned?

Currently no large information campaigns for home owners and/or tenants are planned. Agency NL, (the Dutch Energy Agency), informs professionals in the building industry via the website, through brochures and stakeholder meetings. Agency NL informs them on the EPBD and the EPBD recast and on what they need to do to fulfil requirements of the EPBD.

Website tools to check the energy performance of a building can be found here and here. The first site is aimed at professionals like advisors, installers, real estate agents that come into contact with people who want to sell or renovate their house. This tool can be used to give an idea of what upgrade options are available and what options are financially viable. The second site is more developed for the home owner so he can do a first check for himself.

A separate organisation, Milieu Centraal focuses on providing information to home owners/consumers here. Under the Meer met Minder (More with Less) programme uilding companies and the Dutch government agreed to make 2,4 million homes more energy efficient. To achieve this goal Meer met Minder tries to convince home owners of the potential of energy saving in their home and enhance the commercial opportunities of companies in the building sector with regards to energy saving measures.

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