Expected Impact

Although the energy consumption in Europe is expected to rise only moderately in the next 20 years, the Energy Efficiency Buildings European Initiative has the objective to mitigate this problem aiming a reduction of 165 million tons of emissions (Mtoe) from the existing buildings (in 2005) and a contribution of 50 Mtoe from renewable energies during the period from now until 2020. Existing public buildings have a huge impact on the total energy use in Europe. For example, in France, the hospitals alone represent about 11% of the energy consumption in the service industry with an average of 225 kWh / m² per year 2. The potential for energy savings is thus particularly important at national and European level, where many facilities are very energy-intensive, and where the priorities are the functional quality of the buildings and the respect of optimal use conditions.

In particular, the project aims to achieve the following target values:

(Compared to current situation)
Energy Consumption 66 kWh/m2•year 63%
CO2 Emissions 48,15 kg/m2•year 60 %


Associated investment costs to building renovation are expected to represent a maximum of 19% on average of the total costs of building an equivalent new building in the same location. On average, the return on investment will be around 7,6 years.


Full Title REtrofitting Solutions and Services for the enhancement of Energy Efficiency in Public Edification
Contract Type Collaborative Project
Topic Addressed FP7-2013-NMP-ENV-EeB
Start Date July 2013
Duration 48 months
End Date July 2017
Project Status Execution
Funding 8,800,000.00 €
Total Costs 13,686,932.64 €

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under Grant Agreement no: 609377