Strong growth in residential renovation permits
The increase seems to be mainly due to more new construction and renovation projects in the residential market. The growth in renovation permits in particular is a surprisingly positive development. A permit is required for construction, demolition or renovation works. For smaller renovation works, an exemption applies or a notification may suffice. In the new-build market, the number of non-residential permits has also increased.
Increasing number of new construction projects in Brussels and Wallonia
A number of regional differences in emphasis can be seen in the growth in permits. In Flanders, the increase is mainly noticeable in the residential market, both in 2021 and over the past 10 years. This is also the case in Wallonia. Over the past 10 years, the number of licensed new builds is particularly noticeable in the non-residential sector. In Brussels, the number of new construction projects seems to increase more in 2021, while the emphasis over the past 10 years seemed to be on an increase in the number of renovation projects. The number of non-residential renovation projects seems to increase the least over the past 10 years.
Climate renovation requires more building technology
The increase in the number of permits goes hand in hand with a growing importance of climate renovation and building technology on the market. For example, for major energy renovation projects, a certain climate-neutral level must be achieved as part of the permit. This requires the application of multiple building technologies, such as heating, cooling, ventilation, windows, shading, lighting and smart technology.
Advice - Climate-neutral construction
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