BE REEL! Learning and support program for local authorities

  • December 6, 2019

"Local Transition Renovate 2050"


The energy performance of buildings in Belgium is below par compared to the European average. The 2050 renovation strategies of Flanders and Wallonia, however, focus on an average decrease of 75% in the energy consumption of residential building and a substantial increase in the production of renewable energy. Boosting the renovation rate is therefore necessary to achieve the energy transition.

An active municipal renovation policy is necessary to meet the objectives of both housing, sustainability and energy policy. After all, local authorities play a leading role in keeping their housing stock qualitative. Designing a locally anchored sustainable housing policy is an essential part of the action plans for the Covenant of Mayors.


BE REEL! wants to support all Belgian local authorities to set up an active renovation policy. This is done in cooperation with the Knowledge Center for Flemish Cities and the three Regional Federations for Cities and Municipalities. The aim is to increase knowledge about good practices, innovative solutions and local levers for the thorough energetic renovation of residential buildings.

By building a cross-regional network, we bridge the boundaries between the various organizations and authorities. We therefore organize a series of meet-ups, workshops and masterclasses in the period 2019 - 2024 and set up a digital platform.

This program is part of LIFE IP CA 2016 BE REEL! and is realized with the support of the European Union's LIFE financial instrument. BE REEL! wants to create the basis and conditions for the implementation of the Walloon and Flemish renovation strategies 2050.

The interregional nature of this support program will increase the consistency of local policy in Belgium and thus increase the chances of success for future challenges. Any city or municipality in Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels that needs training to further develop its policies and to launch projects can delegate participants to the program.


The launch of that support program took place on the 22nd of May 2019 in Huis Madou, hart voor steden en gemeenten, in Brussels. You can find the presentations below.



Keynote The Major Renovation Challenge Joachim Declerck - Architecture Workroom Brussels 190522_AWB
Municipality as policy maker Jan Aerts- Leuven 2030, Leuven pdf file190522_L2030.pdf (5.4 MB)
Municipality as mentor Vincent Legrand-Dorémi, FR pdf file190522_Dorémi.pdf (1.46 MB)
Municipality as facilitator                  Marc Schlitz – Ace Retrofitting, Liège pdf file190522_Ace retrofitting.pdf (5.19 MB)
Local Transition Renovation 2050 Sanne Berghmans – Flemish Enrgy Agency pdf file190522_BE REEL!.pdf (824 KB)
Report Work tables Sanne Berghmans - Flemish Energy Agency You can choose your preferred language at the top to consult this report in Dutch or French.


On Wednesday, the 4th of December 2019, we organized a second meet-up in the Hendrik Conscience building in Brussels to gather more input for the 6-day master class in 2020. The preparation of a roadmap was the central focus that morning. Such a roadmap contains a logical structure for a local renovation policy and all possible tools and best practices for each of the components of such a policy. We partly wanted to collect these tools and best practices during the workshops. This is to be able to offer you handles during the masterclasses to enable you to draw up a roadmap tailored to your municipality. The presentations of the first part for inspiration can be found below and the report of the work tables from the second part can be consulted in Dutch or French by changing the language at the top of this page.

Roadmap for energy and renovation  Alfredo Verboom – Gemeente Eindhoven, NL pdf file191204_ Eindhoven.pdf (5.33 MB)
Regonial support energy roadmap Sara Piccirilli, Pollec, Wallon Region pdf file191204_Pollec.pdf (1.99 MB)
Coordinate communication with roadmap Henk Ghesquiere - Bigtrees, communication agency Ghent pdf file191204_ Bigtrees.pdf (9.08 MB)
The roadmap: quo vadis?              Linda Boudry – Knowledge Center Flemish Cities pdf file191204 _KCVS.pdf (265 KB)
Report Work tables Sanne Berghmans - Flemish Energy Agency You can choose your preferred language at the top to consult this report in Dutch or French.




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