The BUILD UPON2 Project

BUILD UPON2: creating a renovation framework

The EU Horizon 2020 funded BUILD UPON2 project is empowering cities across Europe to join forces with national governments and industry to decarbonise their existing building stock by 2050.

BUILD UPON2 is working with eight pilot cities to develop strategies and solutions to deliver the European Commission’s Renovation Wave.

The main focus is to develop and pilot a ‘multi-level renovation impact framework’.This framework is being used to track and report the diverse range of benefits of building renovation. It features a unique suite of milestones and measurable progress indicators for city renovation strategies including: emissions reductions, increased employment and improved health.

By capturing data at a local level, the framework links renovation to policy and decision-making processes at a national level, driving greater investment in city regeneration programmes and allowing best-practice initiatives to be scaled up and used more widely.

Who is participating in BUILD UPON2?

The following eight pilot cities are currently participating in the project, alongside a wider network of 24 cities who are benefitting as “follower cities”:

Velika Gorica, Croatia

Budaörs, Hungary

Dublin, Ireland

Padova, Italy

Rybnik, Poland

Valladolid, Spain

Eskişehir, Turkey

Leeds, UK

BUILD UPON2 is led by a consortium of eight national green building councils with GBC España as Coordinator, Europe buildings think tank the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), and the municipal network Climate Alliance which leads the Covenant of Mayors Office-Europe, representing 7,000+ local and regional authorities.

Why Renovation?

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption in the European Union. As 90% of the buildings that exist today will still stand in 2050, renovation of the existing building stock is key to achieving the decarbonisation goals.

However, Europe’s buildings are not being renovated at the necessary rate and depth to realise these goals. And with 75% of Europeans now living in cities, it is even more crucial for cities to fulfil their role in leading Europe’s building renovation challenge.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the social needs and health and wellbeing of European citizens into sharp focus. Deep building renovation has far-reaching benefits for society: increasing indoor comfort and air quality avoids illnesses and premature deaths associated with living in cold and damp homes. This, in turn, reduces pressure on healthcare and social services.

Renovation must also be a key component of Europe's green recovery from this economic crisis. With the EU Green Deal flagship policy the Renovation Wave, the European Commission has committed to renovating 35 million buildings by 2030. This will further boost Europe’s energy renovation sector, which already has a turnover of €109 billion and represents over 800,000 jobs, according to Renovate Europe. The sector will help to drive the EU economy; creating jobs, mostly within SMEs. With the BUILD UPON2 framework we can deliver the Renovation Wave by scaling up and measuring the impact of municipal decarbonisation projects. In this way, cities can lead the way to achieving climate objectives and set an example to governments of all levels across Europe.

From BUILD UPON to BUILD UPON2

BUILD UPON was initially started in 2015 and created a community of over 2,000 diverse organisations that led a shift in tackling Europe’s building renovation challenge.

This first phase concluded with key recommendations that national renovation strategies should focus on facilitating action at a local and city level. BUILD UPON2 is advancing on this by engaging with European cities to design and facilitate local action to implement national building renovation strategies. The project’s activities will be implemented across eight European countries with Green Building Council España as project coordinator.

BUILD UPON2 is the second phase of the world’s largest collaborative project on building renovation.  This phase of the project has received €1,731,755 funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 840926 - BUILD UPON2 - H2020 - LC-SC3-EE-16-2018.

 

BUILD UPON2: creating a renovation framework

The EU Horizon 2020 funded BUILD UPON2 project is empowering cities across Europe to join forces with national governments and industry to decarbonise their existing building stock by 2050.

BUILD UPON2 is working with eight pilot cities to develop strategies and solutions to deliver the European Commission’s Renovation Wave.

The main focus is to develop and pilot a ‘multi-level renovation impact framework’.This framework is being used to track and report the diverse range of benefits of building renovation. It features a unique suite of milestones and measurable progress indicators for city renovation strategies including: emissions reductions, increased employment and improved health.

By capturing data at a local level, the framework links renovation to policy and decision-making processes at a national level, driving greater investment in city regeneration programmes and allowing best-practice initiatives to be scaled up and used more widely.

Who is participating in BUILD UPON2?

The following eight pilot cities are currently participating in the project, alongside a wider network of 24 cities who are benefitting as “follower cities”:

Velika Gorica, Croatia

Budaörs, Hungary

Dublin, Ireland

Padova, Italy

Rybnik, Poland

Valladolid, Spain

Eskişehir, Turkey

Leeds, UK

BUILD UPON2 is led by a consortium of eight national green building councils with GBC España as Coordinator, Europe buildings think tank the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), and the municipal network Climate Alliance which leads the Covenant of Mayors Office-Europe, representing 7,000+ local and regional authorities.

Why Renovation?

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption in the European Union. As 90% of the buildings that exist today will still stand in 2050, renovation of the existing building stock is key to achieving the decarbonisation goals.

However, Europe’s buildings are not being renovated at the necessary rate and depth to realise these goals. And with 75% of Europeans now living in cities, it is even more crucial for cities to fulfil their role in leading Europe’s building renovation challenge.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the social needs and health and wellbeing of European citizens into sharp focus. Deep building renovation has far-reaching benefits for society: increasing indoor comfort and air quality avoids illnesses and premature deaths associated with living in cold and damp homes. This, in turn, reduces pressure on healthcare and social services.

Renovation must also be a key component of Europe's green recovery from this economic crisis. With the EU Green Deal flagship policy the Renovation Wave, the European Commission has committed to renovating 35 million buildings by 2030. This will further boost Europe’s energy renovation sector, which already has a turnover of €109 billion and represents over 800,000 jobs, according to Renovate Europe. The sector will help to drive the EU economy; creating jobs, mostly within SMEs. With the BUILD UPON2 framework we can deliver the Renovation Wave by scaling up and measuring the impact of municipal decarbonisation projects. In this way, cities can lead the way to achieving climate objectives and set an example to governments of all levels across Europe.

From BUILD UPON to BUILD UPON2

BUILD UPON was initially started in 2015 and created a community of over 2,000 diverse organisations that led a shift in tackling Europe’s building renovation challenge.

This first phase concluded with key recommendations that national renovation strategies should focus on facilitating action at a local and city level. BUILD UPON2 is advancing on this by engaging with European cities to design and facilitate local action to implement national building renovation strategies. The project’s activities will be implemented across eight European countries with Green Building Council España as project coordinator.

BUILD UPON2 is the second phase of the world’s largest collaborative project on building renovation.  This phase of the project has received €1,731,755 funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 840926 - BUILD UPON2 - H2020 - LC-SC3-EE-16-2018.

 
About the BUILD UPON2 Renovation Strategy Framework A tool to measure the benefits of local renovation projects Read More
Who we work with Read More
Guidance on Renovation Strategies Resources and recommendations for cities preparing and implementing Long Term Renovation Strategies Read More
Solutions to Renovation Barriers See examples of renovation initiatives from across Europe Read More
How your city can get involved with BUILD UPON2 Read More
Our Vision Over 300 organisations support our vision of a Europe that leads the world on the renovation challenge Read More
Net Zero Carbon Commitment View Read More

Media

press

24 European cities join drive to renovate buildings and deliver on climate objectives

Mon, 10th May 2021

WorldGBC’s Europe Regional Network announces that 24 cities across Europe, including the capital cities Madrid, Rome and Zagreb have joined the European Union (EU)-funded BUILD UPON2 project.

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news

WorldGBC reacts to Renovation Wave announcement

Thu, 15th Oct 2020

WorldGBC reacts to European Commission's Renovation Wave announcement

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