The European Directive on "Energy Performance of Buildings" presents a great challenge for the transformation of European building sector towards energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. Governments are required to implement a respective legal framework.
However, in order to make sustainable energy use happen in real life, local action is essential, such as awareness raising, training, technical support for different professional groups.
Regional and local energy agencies have a crucial role to play in this process as they have both access to the local stakeholders in the building sector (such as building owners, building professionals, local authorities, equipment manufacturers, installers etc.) and to European know-how in this field.
The workshop took place as part of the World Sustainable Energy Days, Wels, Austria, March 2004. It aimed at providing up-dated information on existing successful local initiatives in the field of sustainable building solutions and it will take a two-fold approach: