The SuSoh Conference takes place on 5 June in Madrid as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, EUSEW

In the construction sector, energy performance certificates and audits provide data on the energy performance of buildings as well as recommendations to improve energy efficiency. Undertaking these measures requires investment, leading to job creation and reduced pollution levels. Although at EU level two key directives establish the general framework to achieve these objectives, Member States are responsible for implementing this framework within their own legal systems, and economic operators have a duty to contribute to its effective application.

How do Spain’s public authorities address this issue? What are the obstacles and opportunities encountered by private companies? What solutions are needed and/or already exist in other sectors or Member States, to overcome these obstacles? How can confidence be generated among competent professionals in the construction sector to provide reliable data from energy audits? How can credit flow into sustainable construction and energy retrofitting of existing buildings?

To coincide with World Environment Day, the Conference takes place on 5 June 2015 at the European Commission Seminar in Madrid. It is organised by ENACE in collaboration with its partners in the SuSoh (Sustainable Social Housing) Project. SuSoh is a communication project on EU policy implementation and innovative financing models for the energy retrofitting of social housing in Spain and Europe. It aims to demonstrate that by increasing the energy efficiency of buildings, we can improve the quality of life of its occupants, bring down energy bills, reduce CO2 emissions and boost the economy and employment in the most deprived areas.

This event is an opportunity to bring together stakeholders to exchange experiences and perspectives regarding Spanish and European policies and regulations in the construction sector, as well as other challenges for energy efficiency retrofitting, including financial solutions and examples of good practice.

The Congress will be chaired by Francisco González Montalvo, technical director of ENACE and Spanish expert on the CEN, the European Committee for Standardisation and will include a keynote speech from Paula Rey García, Buildings Team Leader, Energy Efficiency Unit of the Directorate General for Energy of the EC, on the European policy for the buildings and energy efficiency sector.