Deep building renovation represents one of the single most critical
tools to massively lower Europe's CO2 emissions, create jobs in
the construction sector and improve the quality of the existing
built environment for the good of European citizens. BUILD UPON
is an innovative two year Horizon 2020 project, aimed at helping
European countries design and implement strong, long-term
national strategies for the renovation of their existing buildings.

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czechia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Sectors of activity
Buildings and construction, Energy, Agricultural and Fishery

Type of initiative
Policy Frameworks & Tools

2490000 US$

Start date

End date


Since the Energy Efficiency Directive was agreed,
many countries have struggled to define and
implement comprehensive national renovation
strategies to scale-up and deepen the rate of energy
efficient improvements. BUILD UPON will guide a
critical mass of key stakeholders across 13 countries
through a structured process, working as a powerful
collaborative community to design and implement the
v2.0 national renovation strategies due to be in place
by April 2017.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

Project launched in March 2015

Next steps and how to get involved

James Drinkwater, Senior Policy Advisor, World Green Building Council