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BUILD UPON Report Summary

Project ID: 649727
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - BUILD UPON (A multi-stakeholder Regional Action Network as a living structural base to effectively help define and implement deep energy efficient building renovation at local, national and European level.)

Reporting period: 2015-03-01 to 2016-02-29

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

OUR CHALLENGE: The Energy Efficiency Directive requires countries to establish long-term strategies for renovating their homes and commercial buildings to high standards of energy efficiency. This had to be done for the first time by 30 April 2014, with strengthened strategies to be delivered every three years - the next by 30 April 2017.

Today, many of the organisations who have a role to play are not engaged with the national renovation strategies. The absence of strategic coordination between renovation stakeholders and initiatives means countries are not currently delivering the renovation revolution Europe needs, despite a huge amount of resources going into this challenge.

OUR APPROACH: It is critical to build upon this existing resource and coordinate our resources to create greater collective impact. For BUILD UPON, implementing Article 4 of the Energy Efficiency Directive is the starting point for the strategies; the ultimate goal is getting all renovation stakeholders and initiatives on the same page; coordinated and working together under a common national strategy, with clear common goals. Individually, our resources are insufficient to meet the challenge, but collectively we can achieve the impact needed to meet our climate targets.

BUILD UPON aims to establish a coordinated and collaborative community of over 1,000 key stakeholders across 13 countries (BG, CZ, ES, FI, HR, IE, IT, LV, RO, SI, SK, SE, TR), to build the critical mass needed to scale-up deep renovation. BUILD UPON will host over 80 connected workshops in the capitals and major cities of the project countries during 2016 and 2017, as well as two major European Summits. Success is about establishing and maintaining innovative and impactful platforms for cross-sector collaboration.

Green Building Councils from fourteen countries across the Europe Regional Network of the World Green Building Council are driving the project, coordinated by GBC España.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

THE WHO: Stakeholder Mapping and Engagement

BUILD UPON’s dynamic stakeholders maps help identify which organisations need to work together to deliver ambitious renovation strategies. They map over 2,000 key stakeholder organisations, across 12 categories, aimed at capturing the main groups who have an influence over outcomes.

The maps show: (i) each stakeholder’s relative potential to influence outcomes for the national renovation strategies; and (ii) how aligned they are in support of deep renovation. They explore ‘systems influence’, moving away from ‘political influence’ to look at which stakeholders have the greatest potential to influence real outcomes for the renovation strategies. The project is now exploring how the maps can be used to track collaboration over time, to understand more clearly if the system of actors is working effectively towards common goals and targets.

Each country has its own website to host stakeholder dialogue on their renovation strategy. Stakeholder engagement across the 12 stakeholder categories is tracked and visualized, to help ensure the project is achieving balanced representation, input and buy-in. This also allows countries that are struggling to engage a particular stakeholder group to identify and learn from countries where this group is being engaged effectively.

THE WHAT: Understanding Barriers and the Initiatives Tackling Them

A literature review on barriers that prevent deep energy renovation from happening at scale has been used to summarize these into five categories – enabling clear dialogue and effective coordination around these:

(i) Awareness Raising
(ii) Skills & Capacity Building
(iii) Financial & Economic
(iv) Policy & Regulatory
(v) Organisational & Administrative

BUILD UPON’s RenoWiki maps out over 700 initiatives, at country and EU level, which are tackling barriers in each of these areas. This work was aimed at better understanding the challenge and the resources we have to meet it within each country, but also importantly to facilitate European dialogue on how we meet these challenges and facilitate the sharing of successful approaches.

At a country level, the RenoWiki enables those designing national strategies to get an overview understanding of all the key renovation initiatives that need to coordinated under a common strategy, to more effectively transform the market.

Where known, the RenoWiki summarizes the impact initiatives are creating and provides details of the experts running them, to help assist knowledge transfer and dialogue on high impact initiatives.

The RenoWiki shows that the ways initiatives are defining and tracking their impact are extremely diverse, and in many cases initiatives do not track the actual impact they are creating. BUILD UPON is therefore exploring how initiatives can be supported in defining and tracking their impact in more robust ways. The RenoWiki is also exploring how it might be developed into a ‘collective impact’ hub, to coordinate initiatives in each of the five categories around agreed common impact indicators – aligned with goals in the national renovation strategies.

THE HOW: Hosting Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration

The project has created a resource library on hosting successful multi-stakeholder collaboration, summarizing resources from around the world to build European learning in this field. Alongside the stakeholder and initiative mapping, this learning has been used to design a process of six stakeholder workshops in each project country aimed at supporting the design and implementation of the national renovation strategies.

Each GBC has designed a workshop process suited to the character and specificity of their national barriers, stakeholders and building types. All events move from presentation led formats to collaborative working techniques, and workshop recommendations and the degree of consensus around these will be tracked and reported into governments throughout the process to inform renovation strategy design.


The innovation incubator has enabled project participants to come together and agree on specific common areas where further collective action is needed – and co-create projects addressing these. The incubator is structured around the main categories of market development activity in the RenoWiki, and has developed a collaborative process to write new projects, that integrates methods from story-telling to rapid prototyping. Four project concepts in the following areas are currently being worked on:

(i) Motivating Home Dwellers (Awareness);
(ii) University Education (Skills);
(iii) Green Mortgages (Finance); and
(iv) A European Centre for Green Schools (Policy).

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The process and tools established by the project represent a recognised innovation within the field of stakeholder engagement and hosting multi-stakeholder collaboration. The project was recognised during the COP21 process as one of the key international partnerships to improve energy efficiency in urban environments, and has been invited in 2016 by the UNFCCC to present its processes and tools to countries looking to implement the Paris Agreement.


• The RenoWiki enables stakeholders to easily understand the landscape of renovation initiatives, and begin coordinating this under the national renovation strategies.
• The stakeholder maps have been viewed over 6,000 times, building stakeholder understanding of the need for a cross-silo approach.
• A number of governments are co-hosting the collaborative process with the Green Building Councils, increasing their capacity for stakeholder led-policy design and growing buy-in for policy delivery.
• A network of over 250 ‘Change Leaders’ from across the public, private and third sector has been established, to drive the national renovation strategy process in each of the 13 project countries.
• National dialogue about designing and implementing national renovation strategies is far more active than previously, and the need for a collaborative approach is becoming better understood.
• Stakeholders in other countries have started to use the project tools, including AU, HU, NL, PL, MK to date.
• The collaborative working approach and learning on the project has significantly strengthened network capacity across Green Building Councils in Europe, to provide national and regional support to policy-makers.
• The project has been disseminated to over 120,000 people, and has established a common communications impact reporting system across the Europe Regional Network to strengthen its awareness raising activities.

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Record Number: 190238 / Last updated on: 2016-11-14
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