This study identifies key barriers to accelerating the renovation rate in the residential building sector and to implementing the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). It provides a summary of, and recommendations for, overcoming these obstacles. The role that municipalities and governments can play in making MEPS effective is critical. Clear energy efficiency requirements should therefore be set, with long-term support mechanisms for building and flat owners, including measures for vulnerable and energy-poor households. To make MEPS effective, it is essential to involve local governments and building owners and to incorporate their experiences into the design and implementation of renovation programmes.