EU Research and Innovation Projects

Below the references to some EU funded projects that research and propose new techniques to increase energy efficiency and asses economic performance in the construction sector.

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AmBIENCe : Actively Managed Buildings with Energy Performance Contracting- is an H2020 project that aims to extend the concept of energy performance contracting for active building and making the model available and attractive to a wider range of building typologies. (

HAPPEN_PROJECT : Promoting the deep retrofit of residential buildings in the Mediterranean area. (

eCentral project : eCentral project promotes energy efficiency awareness and supports public authorities in reducing energy use in buildings to nearly zero.

X-tendo : The project aims to extend Energy Performance assessment and certification schemes. To that goal they are designing a modular web-based toolbox (

Novice : Innovation in building retrofits for energy efficiency and demand response NOVICE will develop and demonstrate a new business model in building renovation. (

4RinEU : We investigate robust&reliable tech concepts & business models for deep renovation of EU residential buildings. (

CRAVEzero : Cost Reduction and market Acceleration for Viable nearly zero-Energy buildings (

Cultural-E : Cultural-E wants to define a viable and tailored concept of Plus Energy Buildings (PEBs) and go a step beyond Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs). (

H2020 Drive 0 : We want to accelerate deep renovation processes by enhancing a consumer centered circular renovation process in order to make deep renovation environmentally friendly, cost effective and more attractive for consumers and investors

HEART : HEART Project aims to develop a multifunctional retrofit toolkit which will transform an existing building into a smart building. (

HOUSEFUL : proposing innovative Circular Economy solutions and services for the housing sector (

ReCO2ST : Residential Retrofit assessment platform and demonstrations for near zero energy and CO2 emissions with optimum coST, health, comfort and environmental quality.

RenoZEB : Welcome to our building renovation to nZEB standards. For the next 4 years we will discuss and share news on our EU funded project RenoZEB. (

Rezbuild : REZBUILD defines a collaborative refurbishment ecosystem towards NZEB. (

RINNO :RINNO envisions to deliver a framework solution that will help drastically accelerating the rate of deep renovation in EU building stock reaching an ambitious annual renovation rate of 3.5%. Its ultimate goal is to develop, validate and demonstrate an operational interface with augmented intelligence and an occupant-centered approach that will streamline and facilitate the whole lifecycle of building renovation (planning-design, retrofitting, monitoring).(

Launch : Seeking to enable the large scale aggregation of sustainable energy projects as tradable Securities (

Aldren : ALliance for Deep RENovation in buildings. Implementing the European Common Voluntary Certification Scheme, as back-bone along the whole deep renovation process

EENVEST : Risk Reduction For Building Energy Efficiency Investment. The aim of EEnvest is the creation of a web-based search platform that can match the demand and offer of buildings to be retrofitted with funding available from external financiers (

ENSMOV : ENSMOV aims to facilitate and expand sharing of knowledge and experience amongst Member States (MS) for the implementation of policies under Article 7 EED. (

ProGETonE :Deep energy renovation and seismic safety for European buildings. (

QualDeEPC : Enhancing Energy Performance Certification and their link with deep renovation

SENSEI : Will design, test & disseminate innovative transaction models to value buildings’ energy efficiency upgrades based on pay-for-performance (P4P). (

sin_ikiaEU : syn.ikia aims at achieving sustainable plus energy neighbourhoods with more than 100% energy savings, 90% renewable energy generation triggered, 100% GHG emission reduction, and 10% life cycle costs reduction, compared to nZEB levels. This will be achieved while ensuring high quality indoor environment and well-being.

SocialWatt : Connecting Obligated Parties to adopt innovative schemes towards EnergyPoverty alleviation. (

SYNERGY : Introducing a maximised power management siytem into the European energy market (

StepUP : StepUP will develop a new process for deep renovation for decarbonisation,  to minimise performance gap, reduce investment risk and maximise value (

SPHERE : Is are a project that aims to provide a BIM-based Digital Twin Platform to optimise the building lifecycle, reduce costs and improve energy efficiency in residential buildings.

sEEnergies : The overall aim of sEEnergies is to quantify and operationalize the potentials for energy efficiency in buildings, transport, and industry.

UtilitEE : Developing Consumer-Oriented Universal Behavioural Change Framework. Transforming the utilities’ business models through universal behavioural change framework and ICT tools for energy efficiency (

LIFE Level(s) : a framework of common EU indicators to address life cycle environmental performance of buildings. Level(s) aims to be the foundation of Europe’s future sustainable building policy and stimulate awareness raising. (

EERAdata : EERAdata aims to accelerate the implementation of the Energy Efficiency across Europe by supporting policy-makers to effectively assess the impacts of EE investments, with an initial focus on investments in buildings, in order to achieve a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock.

ZERO-PLUS : Achieving near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology

ExcEED: ExcEED is over but its platform, changing its name to enbuibench will still be freely available!

The ExcEED Guidelines aim to support building users and professionals to navigate through the features of the platform, which consists of:

  • A European database collecting data from buildings
  • A front-end dashboard with integrated analytical tools
  • A collection of building Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • A set of tools that allows geo-clustered, statistical and knowledge analysis of building data
  • A benchmarking function to analyse building interaction
  • An Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) survey to evaluate occupants’ perception of indoor comfort.