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Polish real estate professionals are facing deregulation of the profession in their country. Is this an opportunity? Read more
This report analyses regulation of real estate professions and characteristics of housing markets. Read more
To follow this debate it is important to look both at the reasons behind the regulation. An opinion. Read more
Many of the businesses active in the real estate sector are SMEs, making them an important barometer of sentiment in the sector. The European Commission has published its annual report on European SMEs 2013/2014, confirming a partial and fragile recovery. SMEs still struggled in 2013, in spite of signs of positive economic recovery, with economic conditions remaining challenging in most Member States. These are the conclusions of the annual SMEs Performance Review and country-specific SBA factsheets developed on the basis of a wide range of success indicators published by the European Commission. The review analyses the progress made by European countries in implementing the Small Business Act (SBA). The SBA aims to create a level playing field for SMEs throughout the EU and improve the administrative and legal environment to allow enterprises to unleash their potential to create jobs and growth.
Energy performance certificates (EPCs) are rated as one of the best tools to achieve an efficient building stock. On 9 October the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) published a new report analysing national approaches to buildings efficiency certification. The report provides a comprehensive overview of EPC schemes and databases for residential and non-residential buildings across Europe and identifies good practices to make EPC data reliable and accessible. The European Commission has estimated that additional ambitious renovation policies can lead up to 46% energy savings between 2021 and 2030.
Figures published by Eurostat show that house prices, as measured by the House Price Index, remained stable in the euro area and rose by 1.7% in the EU in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the same quarter of the previous year. Compared with the first quarter of 2014, house prices rose by 0.9% in the euro area and by 1.4% in the EU in the second quarter of 2014
An analysis published by the European Commission funded iNSPIRe EU Research Project provides a detailed picture of the energy demands of residential and office buildings. It also identifies suitable target building types for renovation. The objective of iNSPIRe is to tackle the problem of high-energy consumption by producing systematic renovation packages that can be applied to residential and tertiary buildings. The renovation packages developed aim to reduce the primary energy consumption of a building to lower than 50 kWH/m2/year. The study is a rich source of information on national and European building stock.
On 18 June Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, published its estimated figures for seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector for April 2014 compared with March 2014. For the euro area production was up by 0.8% and for the EU 28 by 0.6%. In March 2014 production in construction fell by 0.3% and 0.2% respectively.