The Role of Buildings in the Future Energy System

Belgian buildings consume yearly 147TWh*  and are responsible for 24Mton**  of CO2 emissions, a fifth of the total Belgian greenhouse gas emissions. They offer a huge potential of energy savings and energy supply which can shift towards low carbon sources. In long-term national energy- and climate plans, one cannot consider buildings and renovation measures as a standalone given in the future energy system.

Cross-sectoral factors need to be considered as well, such as the possibility of district heating, the electricity prices that determine the viability of a heat pump, and a deep electrification of mobility and heating which impacts the entire energy system. These types of questions are tackled within the EPOC project, a research project funded by the FOD economy that is combining the energy modelling expertise of 14 Belgian partners to calculate long-term energy scenarios for Belgium.

In this workshop a co-organization of the SRBE/KBVE and the EPOC project wants to go deeper into the challenge of decarbonization of buildings, and discuss effective policies to reach this ambition.

Programme and presentations

17:45 Welcome with coffee and sandwiches

18:30 Presentations

  • Welcome by Prof. Geert Deconinck, KU Leuven
  • Welcome by Hubert Lemmens, KBVE
  • Introduction by Pieter Vingerhoets, EPOC
  • Roel Vermeiren (Vlaams Energie Agentschap – Flemish Energy Agency)
    Draft Flemish Energy Action Plan; policies and ambitions for the building sector
  • Johan Van Dessel + Jeroen van der Veken (WTCB – CSTC – BBRI)
    The role of (renovated) buildings in the future energy system
  • Katrien Rycken (Leuven 2030)
    Experiences from the city of Leuven
  • Menno Janssen (Noven)
    Sustainable energy in buildings
  • Charlotte Van de Water (Agoria)
    The vision of Agoria on renovation and EPB regulation
  • Charles-Henri Bourgois (EnergyVille/VITO)
    Data and modelling tools for assessing building stock energy performance and retrofit scenarios
  • Interactive Q&A session

21:00    networking reception


Practical Details

Regular Price: 60€
KBVE-member: 40€
Master or PhD Student: Free

22 October 2019

Thermotechnisch Instituut 
Kasteelpark Arenberg 41 
3001 Heverlee

The registration is final after payment of the registration fee (except for free registrations)


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** Source: EEA