Brussels Capital Region coalition agreement: increase renovation rate by five percent

  • October 18, 2019

The Brussels government wants an energy strategy based on the renovation of buildings and the production of renewable energy. We do not delve deeper into the renewable energy measures, but we do provide an overview of the planned renovation decisions and more specifically decisions that affect the residential building stock. The government expresses the ambition to increase the renovation rate to 3-5 %. This is ambitious since the Belgian renovation rate is currently below 1%.

This increase requires efforts from all market players, but according to the government it also creates opportunities to create new locally anchored jobs for the region. To support the sector, it will provide training and try to undermine social dumping. How the latter will be worked out in practice is not mentioned. It will, however, establish an "Employment-Environment-Finance" alliance in which public and private financiers will be involved to work out the financing options. In addition, it wants to support the organizations in the sector financially. It is envisaged here to better disseminate information to the actors about policies and support measures and to involve them closely and improve. To support this strategy, the government must develop a regulatory framework throughout the legislature. Taxation must also contribute to the formulated objectives. The gift, inheritance and registration duties are reduced if an energetic renovation is carried out within a certain period.

The expansion of the renovation rate requires considerable financial resources. Regarding its own budget, the government states that it "wants to significantly increase the resources that go towards renovation." No statement is made about the exact increase and in which specific items. It is being examined whether it is possible to set up a fund specifically for the transition of buildings. This could be financed through the current contributions (namely green energy certificates, energy and climate funds, renovation premiums, ...) and new sources of financing through all energy carriers. In addition, the region wants to develop new public and private financing solutions. For example, it wants the repayment of mortgage loans to better correspond with the financial returns from investments in energy efficiency.

The available premiums for residents will be made uniform in terms of access conditions, procedures and tools to make everything simpler and clearer for citizens. From this point of view, the region also wants to set up a one-stop shop as a central point of contact for all types of residents, tenants and owners. This requires a thorough segmentation so that an offer can be tailored to each segment. This segmentation will be done in close consultation with the organizations involved and will form the basis for developing the regional support policy.

Read the full agreement in Dutch

Read the full agreement in French

 

 

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