Bâti65: Building renovation in Geneva for 2065

For a cantonal concept of thermal renovation

Following our 2012 study “The Cost of Thermal Renovation for the Housing Stock of the Canton of Geneva” (“CEPIC” study) and our “Bâti21” seminar at end of 2013 which brought together twenty stakeholder (architects, civil servants, tenant and renter unions, MPs, managers, builders, etc.) to brainstorm behind closed doors on how to accelerate thermal renovations, we decided to assemble and publish ideas, articulated in three axes:

  1. A report on non-climate positive outcomes: Boom in local jobs and VAT revenues instead of paying energy bills to oil exporting countries; increased comfort for inhabitants of renovated flats; increased value for renovated properties.
  2. Analysis of administrative barriers limiting the achievement of energy retrofits and proposals to overcome / eliminate them.
  3. Analysis of financial barriers limiting the achievement of energy retrofits and proposals to overcome / eliminate them, such as third party financers.

This contribution from Noé21 to the local discussion on mitigating GHG emissions aptly puts the real estate sector in the spotlight, because half the yearly GHG emissions emanate from heating interiors during winter months. This is where our attention must focus first.