The result of the project should be verifiable, EU-wide standards for sustainable renovation measures on the one hand, and strategies to increase renovation rates in Europe on the other. The chosen perspective includes economic, ecological, technical and social aspects in order to ensure the broadest possible impact.

European Commission, 6 th Research Programme



  • Coordination: Energy Research Centre the Netherlands (ECN), 16 further partners from European countries

The aim of the project is to develop minimum standards and recommendations in connection to healthy, cost effective, energy efficient and sustainable rehabilitation and to agree on actual quality agreements in this field. The intention is to realise a common action that can make a real difference in Europe.

It is aimed in the project to initiate important quality oriented R&D and demonstration activities concerning eco-rehabilitation and best available retrofitting techniques on a European scale by initiating R&D activities, which will later be tested in connection to real renovation projects. In fact, these are “full size prototype” tests, which can be monitored in a realistic environment and improved before the developed technologies are implemented on a larger scale.

Per participating country a Pilot project and a Reference project will be defined. The Pilot project will be the actual demonstration project, where the recommendations of the investigations and research will be implemented. The Reference project is a housing complex that has recently been renovated (or which is in the process of renovation) according to the usual local standards.

The selected complexes will be analysed on possibilities for improving the performance. Based on the state of the art within and outside the country concerned, solutions will be proposed. New solutions will be developed for the Pilot projects if existing solutions are not applicable.

The selected solutions will be implemented in the Pilot projects. Also new management approaches and new financing models will be developed and demonstrated. These management approaches should assess the sustainability aspect of future maintenance measures, whilst new financing models will help to ease implementation of energy efficiency measures in renovation processes.