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The main problem assessed in the value chain is that knowledge transfer is not effective between agents and this hinders EE criteria in building retrofitting. The analysis of the Needs of the sector for knowledge transfer carried out, has identified solutions and best practices to overcome them. The most urgent and feasible solutions detected are: implementing a higher level of education for construction professionals, developing appropriate financial instruments for the end user, and exposing traditional craftsmen to demonstration projects.

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The intentions to reduce building’s impact in the environment, has led to the development of several energy saving products and practices in the sector, such as: new techniques, business models, market uptake measures, promotion measures, cross-sectorial cooperation, and certification methods. All the most significant material developed in the Mediterranean countries is presented in the State of the Art study, including an classification of the current building stock and an analysis of the tendencies in the sector.
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The value chain of the Energy-Efficient Retrofitting sector in the Mediterranean consists of all the agents that participate in it somehow. In order to study the knowledge transfer difficulties between them, each one of the agents are identified. The analysis describes all the agents involved classified in 6 different categories: Government & Finance, Knowledge & Products providers, Energy providers, Energy-Efficient Retrofitting services, Quality agents and Final users.

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