What we do with existing buildings determines the legacy we leave for future generations. Faced with dwindling energy supplies and the increasingly obvious effects of climate change, it’s not enough to set higher standards for new buildings.
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), insulation is the most cost-effective way of mitigating climate change, because it can contribute to energy savings of over 80%.
Renovating with ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation brings even more benefits: greater fire resilience, soundproofing, resistance to damp, and it is more durable and completely recyclable. ROCKWOOL insulation is the sustainable way to make an impact on the challenges of climate change, urbanisation, improving people’s health and quality of life, and resource scarcity. To reshape tomorrow, renovate today with ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation.
According to the IPCC report, deeper emissions reductions in buildings are required in the 1.5°C scenario compared to the 2°C scenario. Being characterised by very long-living infrastructure, the building sector requires immediate steps to avoid inefficient carbon and energy-intensive buildings. These steps include new buildings in Asia and retrofits in Europe. (IPCC Report, 2018, p.65)
So what can we do with today’s buildings that would make environmental and financial sense for the future? The ROCKWOOL group can help to deploy the most advanced renovation technologies in order to reduce CO2 emissions. The need for renovation has never been more urgent as buildings account for 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Renovating buildings to reduce energy demand is a key tool to combat climate change. One of the rare areas where the co-benefits by far outweigh the investments is energy efficiency improvements in buildings.
Today we have a wide range of technical solutions and extensive experience from individual projects around the world hence we now need to focus on how to scale renovation activities to match the urgency of combatting climate change. In a new report, developed in cooperation with Copenhagen Economics, we present our recommendation for actions.