Released in May 2022, by SmartBuilt4EU, this white paper investigates the role of smart buildings and energy communities in promoting new energy efficiency practices. The report examines current policies on efficient heating solutions and community electrification. Notably, it forecasts that by 2050, about half of EU households will generate renewable energy, facilitated by affordable PV and increased electric vehicle integration into the grid, with a significant portion of charging occurring at home. The report discusses barriers to adoption, including infrastructure capacity, lack of incentives, and limited awareness among citizens and occupants. Pilot projects are showcased, highlighting opportunities to simplify business models, streamline approval processes, and address consent challenges in multi-family dwellings and with landlords.
Keywords: Connected/ EV Vehicles, Energy Efficiency/Management, Renewable Energy, Smart Grid