Buildings are responsible for 40% of Europe’s total energy consumption, and EU policy has prioritized the identification of dwellings and citizens at a higher risk of energy poverty in order to develop effective strategies for building renovation. In accordance with the energy efficiency first principle, building renovation must be prioritized when discussing the overall solution to energy poverty. In so doing, the least efficient building stock should be targeted first and split-incentive dilemmas and market failures should be addressed. Furthermore, addressing energy poverty, like energy transition in general, should be socially just and inclusive.
The main objective of CEESEN-BENDER is to empower and support vulnerable homeowners and renters living in Soviet-era multi-apartment buildings in 5 CEE countries: Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, Poland, and Romania. We will help them through the renovation process by identifying the main obstacles, and creating trustworthy support services that include homeowners, their associations, and building managers. We will create a support system for homeowners, municipalities, and other large owners of multi-apartment buildings (MABs) in our targeted regions to speed up the renovation process.
The team will develop specific tools to help municipalities and large housing stock owners effectively identify energy-poor households and implement schemes to reduce energy poverty. For the 5 pilot areas, we will create at least 30 building-level roadmaps that specify the technical details for renovations, targeting at least 1.500 apartments, and form a network of at least 30 energy professionals trained in consulting the target groups. We will train at least 3.500 homeowners, landlords and building managers on legal, financial, technical and other aspects of energy renovations, and will advocate for changes of regulatory requirements and policies to lower the costs and time needed for the preparatory phase of projects.
Some concrete key performance indicators include:
- Number of local authorities (municipalities, cities) – 10
- Number of multi-apartment building management companies – 10
- Number of homeowners, landlords, and homeowner associations s – 3500
- Number of vulnerable and energy-poor homeowners – 750
- Energy savings caused by the changes in the renovation regulatory framework (primary energy savings) - 14.820 GWh
- Energy savings caused by the changes in the behaviour of the homeowners - 0.46 GWh
- Production of energy from RES - 4.25 GWh
This page was last updated on 30 October 2023. For the most updated information about the project, please visit the EC funding and tender website and the website of the project.
- Project duration
- 1 Sep 2023 - 31 Aug 2026
- Project locations
- Čakovec, CroatiaWarsaw, PolandTartu, EstoniaSpodnje Podravje, SloveniaAlba Iulia, Romania
- Overall budget
- €1 848 960
- EU contribution
- €1 749 99694.6% of the overall budget
[LEAD PARTNER] Society for Sustainable Development Design (DOOR))
University of Tartu ( UTARTU)
Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje (LEASP)
Alba Local Energy Agency (ALEA)
Climate Alliance (CA)
Medjimurje Energy Agency (MENEA)
Mazovia Energy Agency (MAE)
Tartu Regional Energy Agency (TREA)
Municipality of Alba Iulia
Central and Eastern Sustainable Energy Network (CEESEN)