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How Do Political Instruments Have To Be Improved to Tap Homeowners Refurbishment Potentials?

Single-family  and  semi-detached  houses  offer  high potentials  for  energy-savings. Three  energy  saving  measures  in  particular  are responsible  for  the  possible  reduction  of  primary  energy  requirement:  insulation  of  facade  walls and roofs and the use of renewable energy heating systems. Unfortunately the current refurbishment rates are  too low to tap the potential in the near term. A recalibration of regulatory  instruments  and subsidy  programs could allow  us  to  better  address  and  exploit  those  energy  savings  measures  that  offer  the  greatest potential for energy savings in existing single-family and semi-detached housing.

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