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    Why GREENOV?

    In Europe, buildings are respoP1050431.JPGnsible for 42% of the energy consumption and 35% of the CO2 emissions. In order to achieve the Kyoto Protocol commitments and the European Plan on climat change, the energy efficiency of buildings has to be a priority.

    Since the replacement rate of the existing European building stock is slow (about 1% per year), renovating existing buildings to make them more energy efficient is a key challenge for all building sector’s stakeholders, to fight climate change.

    A sustainable renovation improves the buildings energy performance and reduces the CO2 emissions in order to limit the impact on the climate change. It also has immediate, positive effects on the indoor air quality, the comfort (thermal, visual and acoustical), the fire security and the accessibility. And finally, it also represents an important job opportunity in the building sector
    at the local level.

    There is an existing important market within the sector of sustainable renovation. It is important that all enterprises involved have the needed skills for the new materials and technologies that are constantly progressing. It is necessary for enterprises to have reliable tools, to be able to operate rapidly, on a very competitive market.

    By creating a partnership consisting of local authorities, enterprise agencies, sustainable technologies and construction training institutes, energy agencies and universities from different North-West European countries, the GREENOV project aims to contribute to the development of sustainable renovation.


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    The GREENOV project aims at developing the economic sector of sustainable renovation in North West Europe by stimulating the innovation capacity of SMEs working in this field. This will be done by developing a cluster, one of the most effective tools for competiveness and economic development, multiplying and diversifying opportunities on the market.
    8 partners in 5 different countries, will identify technologies, know-how and best practices in the field of sustainable renovation, and will carry out exemplary demonstration investments situated in the Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, and in France.


    Download the Greenov project brochure English / French


    Who is GREENOV for?

    GREENOV is intended for all stakeholders on the partners’ territories working in the field of sustainable renovation. SMEs involved in the sector, regional and local authorities, energy agencies, research organations (universities, schools, laboratories…), clusters, etc.


    A three-fold approach

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    The GREENOV partners intend to contribute to the innovation cycle by exchanging, expertise, and practice and by promoting networking between different stakeholders of the sustainable renovation sector. With this aim in view, transnational experts’ panels and thematic conferences are regularly organised. A set of common indicators for sustainable renovation have been identified and developed into a practical tool, as well as a joint study on energy efficient large scale refurbishment that is currently
    being carried out.

    “Capitalisation in a cluster approach”
    Another objective is to capitalise on this innovation cycle through a cluster approach which will lead to the organisation of the SMEs’ supply chain by the setting-up of a collaborative platform. The role of this Cluster will be to identify innovative SMEs, carrying out a market analysis, and providing training and services for SMEs.


    “Demonstration through exemplary investments”
    Four of the GREENOV partners are renovating one of their existing buildings, as an exemplary case study within sustainable renovation. The results are analysed and disseminated through the transnational expert’s panels and through local promotional events. These pilot renovations have an impact on the local market development, by stimulating SMEs and by raising awareness among all the building sectors’ stakeholders, from political decision-makers to citizens.


    Budget: 7 500 000 euros
    ERDF funding: 50%
    Duration: 5 years (January 2010 – January 2015)

    GREENOV is co-funded by the INTERREG IVB north west Europe Programme.

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    INTERREG IVB NWE is a financial instrument of the European Union’s Cohesion Policy. It funds projects which support transnational cooperation. The aim is to find innovative ways to make the most of territorial assets and tackle shared problems of Member States, regions and other authorities.


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