Topic of the Month

What is Topic of the Month?


In Build Up we want that everyone feels involved. That is what the Topic of the Month is for, so all the community can contribute with articles, events and much more under the same topic. 


This month of November our topic is ‘Financing energy efficiency of buildings’.


Which content is related to the topic?:

  • Financial schemes to support energy Efficiency (both renovations and new builidngs) and effectiveness at EU level
  • EPC models
  • Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and role of financial players
  • Crowdfunding approach
  • Green and energy efficiency mortgages
  • EU funds (ELENA, H2020 and others)

Here you have the remarkable contributions of this month:


Overview Articles


Financing schemes: the key for successful energy efficiency projects. To accelerate the energy renovation process at EU level, the cooperation between public and private sectors is increased and innovative financial schemes as Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Energy Performance Contracting (EPC), Crowdfunding (CF) and Green Loans are been developed and used.




flyer.jpgUNEP FI Global Roundtable and Paris Climate Finance Day 2018. The 4th Climate Finance Day and the UN Environment Finance Initiative’s Global Roundtable will take place in Paris 26-28 November 2018. Finance for Tomorrow and UNEP FI are organizing flagship events, the major rendez-vous dedicated to mobilizing the financial sector to deliver a sustainable financial system.


Financing energy efficiency in Germany, France and Austria. This event is aiming to present and discuss EU energy efficiency policy and different ways to finance energy efficiency investments. It is organised by the European Commission, in partnership with the German Ministry of Economics and Energy and the UN Environment Finance Initiative.





Webinar Financing Energy Efficiency, The Investors' Perspective. On 28 September, the European Commission, in partnership with the UN Environment Finance Initiative, organized a webinar to illustrate the Investor’s Perspective in Financing Energy Efficiency 2018, were examined the proficient relations between banks, investors, building owners, and asset managers.


Webinar on Long-Term Renovation Strategies, the EPBD. This webinar, organised by EuroACE in collaboration with BUILD UP, is the first of a series of webinars to present the final version of EuroACE's Guidance Note. This one addresses the long-term renovation strategies, the central tool of the EPBD for Member States to transform their buildings  by 2050.




BY&FORCITIZENS Conference: Citizens to play key role in making their cities greener and more sustainable. The conference took place in late September in Valladolid, Spain, was co-organised by European urban renovation projects R2CITIES, CITYFIED, MYSMARTLIFE, REMOURBAN and URBANGREENUP. Over 240 experts examined strategies with citizens.


Time to deliver: putting building renovation into practice. Addressing energy poverty and developing new financial tools to boost energy savings are things governments could do in practice to go beyond the targets in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and start renovating the European building stock for real. The EPBD targets are tough but clear enough and it’s up to member states to enforce these commitments. 




resalta.jpgPrivate rental sector and home energy retrofit investment in Scotland. This report is an introduction to the issue of effective government policy with respect to energy efficient retrofit in the private rental secto, and to some of the evidence that relates to the topic. 


Balancing preservation and energy efficiency in building retrofits. The desire to improve the energy efficiency of an existing building must be balanced with the need to preserve the existing structure and architectural features, as changes to the thermal and moisture properties of the building enclosure can have serious negative impacts.


European energy efficiency services markets and quality: a report from QualitEE project. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, the QualitEE project aims to increase investment in energy efficiency services in the building sector within the EU and improve trust in service providers by developing quality assessment criteria and implementing quality assurance schemes.  



theodore.jpgJessica II Fund for Multi-apartment Building Modernisation in Lithuania. In 2010, the energy efficiency of housing had been improving significantly in Lithuania over the previous ten years in part as a result of the JESSICA I program to implement energy efficiency renovations.


theodore.jpgDeep renovation of “El Garrofer” school in Viladecans to meet EnerPHit / Passivhaus standard. The project of deep renovation of “El Garrofer” school allowed the upgrading of the building so as to meet the Pasivhaus standard and have a nearly zero energy building. Energy use will be cut in more than a half from before renovation and the previously missing thermal comfort.




palette.jpgDR-BOB (Demand Response in Block of Buildings) Project. DR-BOB project aim is to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of demand response in blocks of buildings for the different key actors required to bring it to market. DR-BOB solution provides control at different scales. From the control of multiple blocks of buildings to the energy systems at the building level.


Get ready for December's Topic of the Month 'Certification and Energy Labelling' and prepare your next publications.


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