Long-term renovation strategies are currently being developed by several European countries, as encouraged by the EU Green Deal. Plans must not only alleviate energy poverty but also address the necessary skills and training of renovation professionals.
An assessment of these issues was undertaken by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), and only three plans scored “good” with regard to alleviating poverty – notably Belgium, with a focus on measures to improve the energy performance of the rented social housing sector. For example, any renovation must meet the prevailing new-build standards.
A range of training initiatives were proposed as part of these plans:
 Dan Staniaszek, Judit Kockat and Arianna Vitali Roscini , A Review of EU Member States’ 2020 Long-Term Renovation Strategies (Brussels, BPIE, 2020), p.13. Available at https://www.bpie.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/LTRS-Assessment_Final.pdf.
 L’union sociale pour l’habitat, “L’USH s’associe à l’IFPEB et Carbone 4, spécialistes du bas-carbone, pour créer l’Ecole bas-carbone du logement social” (USH joins forces with IFPEB and Carbone 4, low-carbon specialists to create the Low-Carbon School of Social Housing), 15 September 2020. Available at https://www.union-habitat.org/communiques-presse/l-ush-s-associe-l-ifpeb-et-carbone-4-specialistes-du-bas-carbone-pour-creer-l.https://www.eceee.org/policy-areas/Buildings/buildings-performance-institute-europe-bpie/