DBPapers
DOI: 10.5593/sgem2012/s24.v5011

POLICIES AND STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS MADE OF PREFABRICATED PANELS IN ROMANIA

M. SZITAR, D. GRECEA, O. VERONESCU
Wednesday 1 August 2012 by Libadmin2012

References: 12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference, www.sgem.org, SGEM2012 Conference Proceedings/ ISSN 1314-2704, June 17-23, 2012, Vol. 5, 1143 - 1150 pp

ABSTRACT

The support programs for retrofitting residential buildings made of prefabricated panels
have a short history in Romania. The present research paper outlines the past and
present challenges, opportunities and strategies of policy instruments for retrofitting
buildings to reduce primary energy use and GHG emissions in the country in relation
with the European legislation. The research outlines the types of policy instruments
used to improve the environmental performance of the buildings stock and the current
potential in Romania, based on the specificity of the local context. A comparative
analysis of a bottom-up versus top-down approaches was performed based on data from
Timisoara, an interesting case of parallel development of the government programs and
private initiatives of the tenant association. The main objectives of the research were to
identify the main barriers for development of these practices in Romania and to find the
existing alternative solutions in order to propose the most appropriate policies and
strategies adapted to the local context.

Keywords: policies, sustainable development, residential buildings, environmental
performance