Directive 2012/27/EU of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency (the ‘Energy Efficiency Directive’ or ‘EED’) was put into place primarily to achieve the objective of saving 20% of the Union’s primary energy consumption. However, analysis shows a significant shortfall is still expected. With buildings representing around 40% of the Union’s final energy consumption, a significant increase in the rate and depth of energy efficient building renovation (‘renovation’) will be needed if the Union is to reach its 2020 energy savings target and longer-term 2050 objective of reducing GHG emissions by 80-95%.

In order to capture their significant savings potential, alongside growth and employment opportunities in the construction sector, it was agreed that Member States should establish a long-term strategy beyond 2020 for mobilising investment in the renovation of residential and commercial buildings. This provision is now contained in Article 4 of the EED (‘Article 4’), which requires such national renovation strategies to be established by 30 April 2014 and revised every three years, in order to unlock this potential.

Despite the need for this document, Bulgarian government still have not published a national renovation strategy. This governance gap is what BUILD UPON seeks to address, aiming at increasing the number of deep energy refurbishment interventions as per Article 4 of the EED, until they become common practice in every sense. This work will be conducted in 13 countries that lack a renovation strategy and will be coordinated in a lead group of 12 Member States (BG, CZ, ES, HR, IT, IE, FI, LV, RO, SE, SI, SK), and Turkey that is joining this process as a candidate country.

BUILD UPON aims to build a community: a place for us to come together. Our mission is to work with you to co-create ambitious national strategies to improve our existing buildings; your community spaces. Our specific interest in BUILD UPON is lowering the amount of energy used by our buildings; to make them perform better environmentally and cost less to run. However, we realise that this is a part of a much bigger story – one in which we all have a role.

We want you to join us in realising their full potential: to be places that nurture and protect families, places that enable business to achieve extraordinary results, places that connect our communities – places that make us great.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649727.