The OSR Coop project delves into the concept of a Renovation One Stop Shop (OSS) and emphasizes the significance of energy cooperatives and citizen involvement in the renovation process. The project recognizes the diverse definitions of OSS and focuses on delivering comprehensive and integrated renovation services to homeowners offered by local energy cooperatives and communities. The One Stop Shops by definition are a model of work that integrates varied services; a (physical or virtual) hub providing information, coordination, financing, among other activities. Citizen-led Renovation on the other hand advocates for citizen involvement, local adaptation, and fostering partnerships in a process of collective and cooperative renovation. Thus, the OSR-Coop project is developing One Stop Shops renovation services that strengthen the citizen-led renovation movement.

The research and current project activity identifies key elements, tools, and stages in the renovation process with the purpose of creating the best One Stop Shop models; emphasizing attributes such as citizen engagement, whole life cycle sustainability, and affordability. The cooperative advantage is highlighted, showcasing how citizen-led renovation brings broader economic, social, and environmental benefits to a local area. The approach in the first year of the project has focused on categorizing services, identifying common elements, and typifying service archetypes. Based on the work done so far and faced with the challenges our case studies in their context have, the following policy recommendations emerge:

  • Standardize OSS Definition
  • Formalize the ‘End-to-End’ OSS model
  • Enhance Regulatory Alignment
  • Promote Citizen-led Renovation
  • Facilitate Information Sharing
  • Optimize Grant Aid Systems
  • Monitor and Evaluate

This policy brief serves as a strategic roadmap for EU officials and policymakers, guiding them toward fostering a standardized, citizen-centric paradigm for building renovations. The blueprint ensures a future marked by sustainability, inclusivity, and operational efficiency across diverse member states.