Corona crisis: impact on the renovation sector

  • May 18, 2020

The beginning of 2020 is marked by the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic.. The consequences are often incalculable and the way of working changes drastically in all sectors. BE REEL! investigated what the corona crisis means for the renovation sector and its stakeholders.


Let's start with one of the biggest consequences: delays. Several projects are delayed due to the forced quarantine measures, which means that renovations cannot always be carried out within the prescribed period. Due to delays in the various procedures, deadlines are extended or temporarily suspended. However there is no complete standstill,  e.g. working in uninhabited buildings is allowed but on the condition that the guidelines on hygiene, safety and social distancing are strictly followed. Indoor works are not allowed unless urgent (e.g. plumbing)

More teleworking

The way of working within the BE REEL! partnership has also changed. Everyone works from home, this transition went smoothly as the systems were already in place for large-scale home work. Meetings are organised (if possible) through video conferencing. Due to the postponement of workshops and training sessions, other solutions must be sought for the dissemination knowledge.

The nature of some professions and functions sometimes does not allow teleworking. For example, a third of construction companies are not fully active. The main causes are a closed yard (66%) or the disrupted supply of building materials. (59%) The greatest confusion, however, is with new yards. 53% are no longer started up and one third of the architects say they are not yet able to comment on their activities.

Worries about financial consequences

The crisis naturally also causes financial and economic problems. The federal government (in Dutch) eases temporary unemployment and the collection of certain taxes, which provides the necessary temporary safety net for many citizens and can also be a temporary solution for companies. In addition, the federal states also play an important role in providing economic support. The Flemish Government (in Dutch) therefore provides a nuisance premium, compensation premium, subordinated loans and guarantees, as well as setting up an emergency fund for subsidized associations. For the Brussels-Capital Region, all structural subsidies remain secured, a nuisance premium has been created and an emergency fund has been set up for the non-profit sectors. The Walloon government (in French) is also taking similar measures, namely a nuisance premium and a fund to support the affected organizations. Finally, the European Commission has also taken measures to help companies and Member States to deal with the Covid-19 crisis

Useful links

Corona information from Flanders / Economic measures

Corona information from Wallonia / Economic measures

Corona information from Brussels / Economic measures

Federal government support measures

European Commission Corona Information

Confederatie Bouw (the construction sector)

NAV (for architects)




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