Addressing poor energy performance of public buildings is at the core of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive - EED and Energy Performance Building Directive - EPBD, but it is also becoming a growing financial issue in Central European countries. The directive requires that all new public buildings have to be nZEB from 2019 onwards.
In order to address this issue, eCentral project had the objective to raise awareness and motivate public authorities to to aim for more ambitious energy renovation standards of buildings and to test the applicability of three innovative financing models in pilot regions.
We developed 5 innovative tools and guidelines for municipalities to support these projects. We organized 13 training programmes for local/regional authorities in Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia, 4 strategies and action plans and 3 pilot studies to test the applicability of innovative financing models.
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Three and half years of prosperous collaboration among eCentral project's consortium have come to an end with the final conference which took place on 23rd February 2021 virtually on Zoom.
The event was the opportunity to present the main project's results, but also to spark debate on innovative financing methods in different European countries.
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NEWS & EVENTS
In our archive you can find all past news about our project and our activities. During three and a half years, we have organised number of trainings as well as public conferences, documentation and developed innovative tools.
For more information about our results visit our publication library further down the page or do not hesitate to get in touch with the lead partner if you are looking for something specific.
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The Living EPC Tool analyzes data from collected energy performance certificates and provides combinations of cost-optimal measures for reaching nZEB requirements in public buildings.
A web-based knowledge sharing platform established with an effort to reach out to a wider audience interested in nZEB project.
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Innovative financing mechanisms for nZEBs tested in form of highly visible pilot actions in target countries.
February 2021 marks the end of three and half years of eCentral project which shares successful results, including the testing of innovative financing, tools and trainings to support public authorities, and strategic roadmaps to reach nZEB standards in public buildings.
The nZEB Living Lab integrates eCentral broad research on nZEB standard, innovative financing schemes and legislation. It presents a centered and concentrated information hub for reaching nZEB standard in buildings as well as direct insight into experiences gained from our concrete pilot actions.
The renovation of the Lifelong learning University of the Municipality of Velenje is a step towards improving energy efficiency in all publicly owned buildings. In implementing the renovation project, Velenje tested a new method of financing: crowdfunding.
The eCentral project has developed a guide for the renovation of public buildings and a decision support tool to identify the right financial scheme. The guide aims to boost the investments in a standardized process managed by the public know-how.
The eCentral project has developed a guideline which public authorities can follow to renovate public buildings to reach the nZEB target. Five different guides have been developed referring to the respective national public procurement frameworks.
Budapest XVIII. District Municipality has joined eCentral project to gain practical experience in the field of nZEB building renovations by energy performance contracting. However, the renovation of Vackor Kindergarten encountered unexpected obstacles.
North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency was established in 2008 by four regional counties (City of Zagreb, Karlovac, Krapina-Zagorje and Zagreb County) with a mission to play a leading role in transforming North-West Croatia into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. The agency is committed to providing a comprehensive range of services to both public and private project developers and delivering a range of innovative and sustainable programmes on local, regional and national level.
Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška Region is a public institution with 14 employees that offers a substantial amount of expertise relevant to the project, gained through the successful implementation of numerous activities in the field of energy efficiency, exploitation of renewable energy sources and energy management of local communities.
The Agency has experience in the development of local energy concepts, sustainable energy action plans as well as providing feedback on proposed national energy strategies.
The Energy Agency of Styria is a non-profit private limited company, owned by the federal state of Styria. The Agency works on current challenges related to energy efficiency and sustainable energy supply and is divided in three departments’ buildings & energy, municipalities & regions and project development in the field of renewable energies. Main task of the Agency is supporting the implementation of the federal energy strategy of Styria along with municipalities, citizens and industry.
Energiaklub Climate Policy Institute applied Communications has been working on energy issues for more than 26 years in Hungary as a private, non-profit NGO. Its work concentrates on climate and energy policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate mitigation and adaptation. Energiaklub conducts research activities, develops SECAPs for municipalities, provides training courses, and carries out communication campaigns with the aim to make policy decision-makers, energy producers and consumers regard energy in a sustainable way.
Although it is the youngest town in Zagreb County, Sveta Nedelja dates back to medieval times and has proudly preserved its historical heritage until today.
Situated at the western gate of Zagreb, with approximately 18.000 citizens, the city is among most prosperous small towns in Croatia, evidenced by a large number of SMEs. Sveta Nedelja is one of the frontrunners of sustainable development in Croatia, having developed a SEAP and a funding scheme for implementation of EE and RES in households.
Velenje is the youngest and 6th largest city in Slovenia in terms of population. It is an economic, political and cultural centre of the Savinja-Šalek Region. Velenje has very vivid international cooperation reflected in already established cooperation with many comparable cities across Europe and active participation on various EU Programs. Velenje is trying to apply best practices from other cities into his own environment, aiming to become the best practice example regarding rehabilitation of the environment and diminishing of negative consequences of mining.
The 18th district of Budapest – Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre – was founded in 1950 by combining two independent settlements. Today they host 22 residential quarter with a total of nearly 100.000 inhabitants. The 79% of the population lives in Pestszentlőrinc, while the 21% in Pestszentimre. The Péterhalmi forest lies between the 2 parts of the district. The district has mainly residential character with a majority of family houses, with more residential estates and some of the major industrial facilities.
Eurac Research is an advanced, private non-profit research and training centre established in 1992 in Bolzano (Italy) with about 370 collaborators from different nationalities. The centre has eleven institutes organized into four research areas: autonomies, mountains, technology and health. The Institute for Renewable Energy supports research on Sustainable Heating and Cooling Systems, Energy Efficient Buildings, Energy Retrofit of Historic Buildings, Photovoltaic Energy Systems and Urban and Regional Energy Systems.
We covered information on eCentral project and nZEB developments from all around Europe.