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November 29, 2011

New BPIE Report Provides Data on European Buildings

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has filled a substantial part of the long-standing data gap on European buildings with a new report, “Europe’s Buildings Under the Microscope,” published in Brussels on Oct. 14, 2011.


The report provides country-by-country data for Europe on the building typology and energy performance of residential and nonresidential buildings, as well as building characteristics such as age, size, ownership, tenure and location. It was prepared with the help of a consortium of consultants, research institutes, authorities and others charged with data-gathering across 27 European Union countries, plus Norway and Switzerland. Notable findings from the report include:

  • 75% of Europe’s floor space is residential, 25% is nonresidential.

  • There is an estimated 25 billion square meters (270 billion square feet) of useful floor space in Europe; a large share of that is in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK.

  • Ownership profiles (public versus private) vary considerably across the European geography.

  • Central and East Europe have the smallest per capita floor space and the fewest pre-1960s buildings compared with North, West and South Europe.

  • The UK has the highest share of 1960s buildings in its overall stock; Estonia has the fewest.

  • Europe’s nonresidential landscape consists of 28% wholesale and retail, 23% office, 17% educational, 11% hotels and restaurants, 7% hospitals, 4% sports facilities, and 11% other.


Readers can drill down further to access various other useful data and findings in the 132 page report, released to coincide with the Renovate Europe campaign led by EuroACE, an alliance of European building efficiency companies.


The report is being used to support Renovate Europe and related efforts to promote building efficiency policy implementation across Europe. For more information, visit the BPIE website at The report, Europe's Buildings Under the Microscope (BPIE),  is availbale in PDF version for download from the Resources and Tools tab on this page.

 November 2011



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