Beyond the 2050 building stock utopia

Each sector must contribute to the overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95%, preferably in the most cost-effective way. However, parts of the industry and transport sector are very difficult to decarbonise, resulting in stricter measures for the building sector, i.e. a CO2-neutral building stock. This raises an important question: what is an effective renovation strategy within the timeframe 2020-2050?. A thorough knowledge of the current state of the building stock and its inhabitants with their socio-demographic/economic background is the basis for determining, on the one hand, the necessary transformation of the building stock and, on the other hand, evaluating the financial capacity of the inhabitants to implement renovation measures. In addition to the dynamics of the building stock and the realistic estimation of available budgets, it is important to make a more accurate estimate of the energy use of the building stock, as well as to include embedded energy in the total environmental impact, in order to detect and counteract unintentional shifts in the environmental burden.

This research will therefore link socio-demographic/economic data with building stock data and put forward a more accurate determination of energy use within a holistic approach in order to model the dynamics at building stock level and evaluate the robustness durability sustainability of policy measures


Research group: Building Physics
Academic year: 2019 / 2020
Staff: Laura Landuyt