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The Renewable Energy House


© Eleanor Smith


The Renewable Energy House (REH) is the headquarters for the European renewable energy sector, the focal point for renewable energy issues in the Europe Union’s capital, Brussels, close to the European Institutions (the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council). The Renewable Energy House creates synergies between renewable energy stakeholders and allows easy access to information on renewable energy to interested parties and the public at large.  In 2013, the European associations located in the Renewable Energy House employs more than 100 staff. The Renewable Energy House brings together major actors in the field of renewable energy in Europe, thereby representing one of the fastest growing economic sectors with an annual economic activity of more than €130 billion and more than 1 million employees, while meeting  11% of Europe’s final energy consumption.


The Renewable Energy House gathers


The following associations are all in the Renewable Energy House, under the same roof:


  • REH: Renewable Energy House asbl
  • EREC: European Renewable Energy Council
  • AEBIOM: European Biomass Association
  • EGEC: European Geothermal Energy Council
  • EPIA: European Photovoltaic Industry Association
  • ESHA: European Small Hydropower Association
  • ESTELA: European Solar Thermal Electricity Association
  • ESTIF: European Solar Thermal Industry Federation
  • EUBIA: European Biomass Industry Association
  • EUREC Agency: European Renewable Energy Centres Agency
  • EU-OEA: European Ocean Energy Association
  • EBA: European Biogas Association
  • ARE: Alliance for Rural Electrification
  • ADEME: French Environment and Energy Management Agency
  • EUFORES: European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources
  • EHPA: European Heat Pump Association
  • E2BA: Energy Efficient Buildings Association and ECTP: European Construction Technology Platform
  • Greenovate! Europe
  • HEA: Hydro Equipment Association
  • PANGEA: Partners for Euro-African Green Energy
  • WindMade: The label for wind users

The Renewable Energy House is the perfect showcase for the integration of innovative renewable energy technologies in a historic building. The Renewable Energy House was refurbished on the basis of renewable energy and energy efficiency considerations. Hence, for the first time in Brussels, a 140 year-old building was renovated with the aim of minimise the energy consumption of the building and of exploring different methods of integrating renewable energy technologies, making it a 100 % renewable energy building.

La maison des énergies renouvelables constitue un foyer de discussion et d’information sur les énergies renouvelables en pleine capitale de l’Union Européenne et à proximité des institutions européennes (la commission européenne, le parlement européen, le conseil de l’Union Européenne). La maison des énergies renouvelables sert de vitrine à des technologies innovatrices dans le secteur dans un bâtiment historique de 140 ans. La maison des énergies renouvelables a été rénovée sur base de mesures d’efficacité énergétique et en intégrant des énergies renouvelables, afin d’en faire un bâtiment fonctionnant à 100% à l’énergie renouvelable.

Het Hernieuwbaar Energiehuis is het centrale informatiepunt voor hernieuwbare energie in Europa. Het Hernieuwbaar Energiehuis is in Brussel gelegen, in het hartje van de EU, en in de onmiddellijke nabijheid van de Europese instellingen (Europese Commissie, Europees Parlement, Raad van de Europese Unie). Het Hernieuwbaar Energiehuis is de perfect showcase voor de integratie van innovatieve hernieuwbare energie technologieën in een historisch gebouw (140 jaar oud). Het Hernieuwbare Energiehuis werd op basis van hernieuwbare energie en energie-efficiënte overwegingen gerenoveerde met als resultaat een gebouw dat voor de volle 100% in zijn energiebehoefte voorziet door middel van hernieuwbare energie technologieën.

Virtual Visit of the Renewable Energy House

Link to website for Directorate-General for Energy and Transport
link to presentation of Christine Lins
speaker image of Christine Lins

EREC - Renewable Energy House Study Tour

Mar 2006   ( 11min 0sec )    

Christine Lins
Secretary General, EREC

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The New REH Brochure - version 2013 -  is available for download here:

English version 

French version

Dutch version