The EFFICIENT BUILDINGS project, as its predecessor MEDNICE, supports the Efficient Buildings Community established within the Interreg Mediterranean programme framework. The community brings together local and national public authorities, energy agencies, enterprises and research organizations to exchanges methodologies, experiences and tools on energy efficiency in the public buildings of the Mediterranean region.

32 months from 01/11/2019 to 30/06/2022
Funded by
  • Interreg MED Programme

Coordinating organization
  • City of Nice / EUROMED Network

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager

General objectives
The EFFICIENT BUILDINGS partnership animates the Efficient Buildings Community, a Mediterranean hub to promote the energy refurbishment of public buildings.

Indeed, in the MED area, the majority of public buildings is not adequately designed to reduce their energy consumption and improve their performance. This is partly due to a lack of awareness of owners and managers and knowledge gaps regarding common answers to this transnational challenge.

Therefore, the Efficient Buildings community will:

  • contribute to increase the capacity of owners and managers of public buildings to design and implement better energy efficiency practices;
  • promote its results at national and EU levels to influence policies and call for new national and European regulatory framework that take into account Mediterranean specificities and the innovative solutions proposed by the community.

CMCC role
Leading partner of the Work Package on Communication
Capitalization of policy recommendations developed by CMCC under MEDNICE project

The project encompasses two main cores of activities:

  • Transferring the tools and methodologies developed within the Efficient Buildings Community to local authorities of the Mediterranean region. This will be done through the organization of Living Labs, Workshops and Twinnings).
  • Capitalizing the policy recommendations identified by the Efficient Buildings Community to enhance the energy performance of public buildings in the Mediterranean. This will be done through the dissemination of the recommendations in the international stage and their mainstreaming into regional and national legislations.

Expected results

  • Replication. The project, through its living labs (EBLL) and the twinnings activity, will ensure the replicability and replication of good practices and the use of innovative technical, management or governance tools on new territories.
  • Policy Harmonization. The project will enable to achieve a greater public policy harmonization in the cooperation area regarding the energy efficiency in public buildings issues specific to the Mediterranean.

Energy Cities
IREC – Catalonia Institute for energy research
CMCC – Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici
University of Patras – Department of Civil Engineering
CRES – Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and saving
ENEA – Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development
ADENE – Portuguese Energy Agency

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