The challenges regarding energy saving in Antwerp homes are major. As part of its Climate Plan 2030, the city aims to achieve average primary energy savings of 2.5% per year. Around 72% of the housing units in Antwerp are flats, which are often more difficult to renovate than other housing types. Focusing on collective renovation of apartment buildings will make achieving Antwerp's climate goals more realistic.

The Collective Renovation project is derived from the framework agreement ‘Climate and Environment’ with the City of Antwerp, in which the city is looking for efficiency improvements around the existing Masterplan Approach for collective renovations and ways to raise the level of ambition together with the necessary actors. Between November 2022 and December 2023, a series of Atelier Days will take place within this trajectory, part of Architecture Workroom and Rebel's role as process facilitators, towards a Masterplan Approach 2.0. 

The City of Antwerp supports owners of large apartment buildings for thorough renovations. The city's renovation coach assists the Association of Co-owners and syndics in drawing up a plan for renovation. The city additionally supports owners with a financial Master Plan grant. An investment grant is also being considered to support the most ambitious renovations.

In the coming years, the city intends to continue their existing approach and ensure the increase of renovation coaching capacity. However, to meet the energy-saving targets, the dynamics of the current Masterplan Approach will need to be further strengthened and accelerated. The challenge lies in enhancing ambitious (masterplan) renovations of apartment buildings. 

During the Atelier Days, we will unravel both generic and specific factors within the current masterplan approach as a stepping stone in the path towards the masterplan approach 2.0. A mixed group will participate in these Atelier Days, including syndicates, experts from municipalities, study and consultancy firms and renovation coaches from the city of Antwerp. In specific sessions, we focus on the different steps in the process, on the link with spatial policy and the possible additional qualitative added value that renovation can bring, and on the financing issue (the 'business case') of the renovation. The insights from these discussions will be compiled in a clear report in early 2024, which the City itself can use in its ongoing renovation processes, but from which other stakeholders involved can also draw inspiration and insights.



Period: 2022-2023

Commissioner: Stad Antwerpen