EU Research and Innovation Projects

Below the reference to some EU funded projcts under the Horizon Research and Innovation Programme. Most of them research and propose new techniques and tools to increase energy efficiency and asses economic performance in the construction sector.

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iBECOME : iBECOME is a project that offers a paradigm shift in building energy efficiency by utilising IoT big data

Infinite : Industrialised durable building envelope retrofitting by all-in-one interconnected technology solutions

INSTRUCT : Evidence-based market and policy instruments Implementation across EU to increase the demand for eNergy Skills across conSTRUCTion sector value chain

TRAIN4SUSTAIN : will stimulate the demand for skilled construction sector professionals (architects, contractors-SMEs and workers) through raising acceptance of regional and national qualifications and skills on the EU construction market.

eu-phoenix : Upgrading smartness of existing buildings through innovations for legacy equipment

NUDGE : NUDGE aims to systematically assess and unleash the potential of behavioral interventions towards achieving higher energy efficiency; and to pave the way to the generalized use of behavioural interventions as a worthy addition to the policy-making toolbox.

ONTOCOMMONS : OntoCommons lays the foundation for interoperable, harmonised and standardised data documentation through ontologies, facilitating data sharing and pushing data-driven innovation, to bring out a truly Digital Single Market and new business models for European industry, exploit the opportunities of digitalisation and address sustainability challenges

MATRYX : Project aiming at addressing emerging challenges in #bigdata management for buildings, providing cloud-based data analytics Toolbox.

Houseful EU : Project proposing innovative #CircularEconomy solutions for the housing sector.

TRUST- PV : The objective of TRUSTPV is to reach a demonstrated increase in performance and reliability of solar PV components (through O&M-friendly PV module design, robust reliable inverter solutions, aftermarket coatings)

QualDeEPC : Increasing the quality and cross-EU convergence of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) schemes, and enhancing the link between EPCs and deep renovation.

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. (

CitizEE : Project aimed at supporting European public authorities to scale up investments for energy efficiency in the building sector through attracting citizen private investments

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.

EN-TRAKh2020 : The EN-TRACK platform will facilitate increased energy efficiency investments in the European building stock by enabling massive gathering of data of actual energy and cost savings from energy efficiency investments.

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

Making City :  is a 60-month project launched in December 2018. It aims to address and demonstrate the urban energy system transformation towards smart and low-carbon cities, based on the Positive Energy District (PED) concept.

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. ( *(Ended 30/06/2021)

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

crossCert: This Horizon 2020 project is developing a product testing methodology for the new energy performance certificate for buildings.

CRREM : CRREM is a project that provide a tool to promote the decarbonization in the real estate sector

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 (

Planet : Planning and operational tools for optimasing energy flows & synergies between energy netwoks

PLATOON : will deploy distributed edge processing and data analytics technologies for optimized real-time energy system management in a simple way for the energy domain expert

PRECEPT : The PRECEPT PROJECT is using cutting-edge technologies to transform conventional residential buildings into highly efficient and proactive residential buildings.

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

re-MODULEES : the Retrofitting Market Activation Platform based on the generation of standard modules for energy efficiency and clean energy solutions. The overall aim of re-MODULEES is the creation of the EU-wide retrofit market activation framework in the residential building sector, supported by digital and physical Renovation Hubs at the member state and EU level

RenOnBill : RenOnBill aims to scale up investments towards deep energy renovations of residential buildings by promoting the development and implementation of on-bill schemes, based on the cooperation between energy utilities and financial institutions.

RES4BUILD : Will decarbonise the energy consumption in buildings by developing integrated renewable energy-based solutions that are tailored to the needs and requirements of users and installers.

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. (

RenoHUb : The overall aim of RenoHUb project is to trigger an upscale of the energy retrofits of the Hungarian homes through the development of an integrated business model (RenoHUb) that is capable to substantially expand within and beyond the project lifecycle in an economically viable manner without involving additional public grant co-financing

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).(

RUGGEDISED : six European cities are joining forces to accelerate the path towards a sustainable future by creating model urban areas.

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

LEAP4SME : Increasing energy efficiency by linking energy audit policies to enhance and support SME

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 (

eLTER : is a major project that will help advance the development of European Long-Term Ecosystem Research infrastructures. The overall aim of the eLTER H2020 project is to advance the European network of Long-Term Ecosystem Research sites and socio-ecological research platforms to provide highest quality services for multiple use of a distributed research infrastructure

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. (

EnerMaps : Project aiming to improve data management and accessibility, energy research for the renewable energy industry. The project is based on the FAIR data principle which requires data to be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable

ProjectO : Project Ô demonstrates how local, small loops of water management can be beneficial in alleviating the pressures over a water management system while allowing for a circular economy vision ..

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

P2Endure : promotes evidence-based innovative solutions for deep renovation based on prefabricated Plug-and-Play systems in combination with on-site robotic 3D-printing and Building Information Modeling (BIM)

PROBONO: is an EU H2020 project and envisions delivering scalable, sustainable and viable energy positive and zero-carbon green buildings and neighbourhoods.

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.

SmartBuilt4EU : is a project whose main objective is to consolidate and support the Smart Building Innovation Community.

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.

TIMEPAC : Towards Innovative Methods for Energy Performance Assessment and Certification of Buildings (TIMEPAC) is a Horizon 2020 research project. Will help improve existing energy certification processes and move from single, static certification to more holistic and dynamic approaches

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

VERIFY : Develops a system to estimate greenhouse gas emissions to support countries’ emission reporting to the UN Climate Change Convention Secretariat. focuses on the three major greenhouse gases responsible for global warming: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). 

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.

EuroPACE : project’s goal is to provide affordable financing to homeowners. This can be achieved by lowering the risk of non-payment and thus obtaining long-term, low-cost capital from investors. The project is exploring options for linking the financing to a property and working with public authorities to ensure a secure repayment and collection mechanism.

ePANACEA : The objective of the ePANACEA project is to develop a holistic methodology for energy performance assessment and certification of buildings. The vision is ePANACEA becoming a relevant instrument in the European energy transition through the building sector.

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.

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