Two thirds of homes in Hungary, around 3 million properties, are currently substandard in terms of energy use. In optimistic scenarios, if heating systems, insulation and windows and doors were modernised everywhere, up to 15% of the country’s annual energy consumption could be saved, which would be a huge improvement in environmental terms. The RenoPont Energy Home Renovation Centre, which has just launched a website at www.renopont.hu, is helping renovators to do this by providing all the information they need in one place.
A non-profit initiative launched by recognised professional organisations now aims to help people who want to renovate their homes from the decision making stage to the complete construction by introducing a solution that has already been proven in many countries.
Important for climate protection
“It is now clear that achieving our country’s stringent climate protection targets is unthinkable without energy efficiency renovation of family and condominium buildings. Residential energy consumption accounts for about one third of Hungary’s final energy consumption, which it is estimated could be reduced by 40-50% through comprehensive building energy renovation.” – explains Martina Méhes, Managing Director and Technical Director of the Energiaklub Policy Institute and Methodology Centre.
Energiaklub is the leader of RenoHUb project, a five-member consortium that created the RenoPont service. Their mission is to adapt the “one-stop-shop” system, which has been very successful in several European countries, to the Hungarian market. The main feature of the service is that those planning an energy renovation can obtain all the necessary technical, legal and financial information in one place, making the process of energy modernisation significantly simpler and more predictable.
Martina Méhes adds that if we were to make quantitative and qualitative progress in the energy management of domestic properties, it could mean savings of up to HUF 100,000 per year in energy bills for an outdated family house, in addition to reducing emissions. “In addition, all homes would become more comfortable, more beautiful, warmer in winter and cooler in summer, with healthier air, while their market value would also increase,” the expert points out.
To achieve the above, RenoPont offers niche services such as online booking for free advice, downloadable templates, a glossary, product selection advice and information on financial options. In the future, a database of trusted experts and contractors will also help renovation planners. The one-stop shop, a first in the country, can be accessed through www.renopont.hu, which is being launched today, and through the office network that will be set up shortly. RenoPont is also looking forward to hearing from professional partners, organisations, companies and municipalities to guide more people through the energy renovation process, making the whole process understandable and predictable, ensuring the best value for money, quality results and real energy savings, which is increasingly in the interest of individuals and communities.