Our Challenge

The EU requires each country to establish a ‘national renovation strategy’; a long-term strategy for renovating the nation’s homes and commercial buildings to high standards of energy efficiency.

This had to be done for the first time by 30 April 2014, with strengthened strategies to be delivered every three years thereafter, with the next by 30 April 2017. So, how are we doing?

Today, many of the individuals and organisations who have a stake in this challenge are not actively engaged in the national renovation strategy debate. The absence of large scale structured collaboration between renovation stakeholders and initiatives means countries are not currently delivering the renovation revolution Europe needs.

Our Approach

BUILD UPON’s name communicates the philosophy of the project: as a community we are already doing so much to help renovate our nations’ buildings – now it is critical to build upon this strong foundation by aligning our resources and initiatives – to create greater collective impact.

The project aims to empower 1,000 key stakeholders – from governments and businesses, to NGOs and householders – across 13 countries, to shape the change needed in our existing buildings.

By holding over 80 connected events in the capitals and major cities of the project countries throughout 2016 and 2017, we’ll create a collaborative community to help countries design and implement their strengthened national renovation strategies.

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Our Goal

We believe that changing the way we work together will lead to strong, well implemented renovation strategies over time. Success is therefore about establishing and maintaining innovative platforms for cross-sector collaboration and partnership.

Europe’s renovation revolution can only be achieved if governments, businesses, NGOs and householders come together: individually, our resources are insufficient to meet this challenge, but collectively we can achieve the impact needed to make our buildings the best they can be.

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Phase 1

Mapping the existing landscape (key stakeholders, initiatives, expertise).

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Phase 2

Designing a collaborative community process to strategically build upon and strengthen the existing landscape.

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Phase 3

Hosting the collaborative community process, inputting into v2.0 national renovation strategies and generating the buy in to deliver them.

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Innovation Incubator

Shaping projects on Awareness Raising innovation, Skills & Capacity Building innovation, Financial & Economic innovation, and Policy & Regulatory innovation, for launch within the BUILD UPON community.


The Project Team

13 Green Building Councils (GBCs) from across Europe are leading this project, coordinated by GBC España and supported by WorldGBC. The Czech GBC, GBC Italia, Irish GBC and Sweden GBC are leading the main phases of the project. GBCs are not-for-profit, member-based organisations that are driving the transformation of buildings, communities and users’ behaviour towards sustainability. WorldGBC is a coalition of more than 100 national GBCs and 27,000 members around the world, making it the largest international organisation influencing the green building marketplace. The Europe Regional Network consists of over 30 national GBCs, working in collaboration with more than 5,000 members across Europe, which represent the full breadth of diverse stakeholders in the buildings sector.

Get in touch with your local GBC if you would like to be part of BUILD UPON in your country.

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COORDINATION

Emilio Miguel Mitre, Spain
emilio.miguelmitre[at]gbce.es
Raquel Díez Abarca, Spain
raquel.diez[at]gbce.es
James Drinkwater, Europe
jdrinkwater[at]worldgbc.org

STEERING COMMITTEE

Petr Zahradnik, Czech
petr.zahradnik[at]czgbc.org
Ondrej Sramek, Czech
ondrej.sramek[at]czgbc.org
Simona Kalvoda, Czech
simona.kalvoda[at]czgbc.org
Sebastiano Cristoforetti, Italy
sebastiano.cristoforetti[at]gbcitalia.org
Nadia Boschi, Italy
vicepresidente[at]gbcitalia.org
Pat Barry, Ireland
pat[at]igbc.ie
Marion Jammet, Ireland
marion[at]igbc.ie
Bengt Wånggren, Sweden
Bengt.Wanggren[at]sgbc.se
Linnea Olsson , Sweden
Linnea.olsson[at]sgbc.se>

CONSORTIUM PARTNERS

Nora Yovcheva, Bulgaria
nyovcheva[at]bgbc.bg
Alan Perl, Croatia
alan.perl[at]gbccroatia.org
Laura Amaiei, Romania
laura.amaiei[at]rogbc.org
Inese Olte, Latvia
inese.olte[at]ibp.lv
Stanislava Krumova, Bulgaria
skrumova[at]bgbc.bg; office[at]bgbc.bg
Vessela Valtcheva-McGee, Bulgaria
vvaltcheva[at]triplegreengroup.com
Snježana Turalija, Croatia
snjezana.turalija[at]gbccroatia.org
Heli Kotilainen, Finland
heli.kotilainen[at]figbc.fi
Sami Lankiniemi, Finland
sami.lankiniemi[at]figbc.fi
Jessica Karhu, Finland
jessica.karhu[at]figbc.fi
Maija Krizmane, Latvia
maija.krizmane[at]ibp.lv
Zane Zeibote, Latvia
Steven Borncamp, Romania
steven.borncamp[at]rogbc.org
Monica Ardeleanu, Romania
monica.ardeleanu[at]rogbc.org
Ladislav Pirsel, Slovakia
director[at]skgbc.org
Andrea Peverley, Slovakia
andrea.peverley[at]skgbc.org
Andrej Adamuščin, Slovakia
andrej.adamuscin[at]skgbc.org
Ahmet Acar, Turkey
ahmet.acar[at]cedbik.org
Engin Işıltan, Turkey
engin.isiltan[at]cedbik.org
Valentina Marino, Italy
valentina.marino[at]gbcitalia.org

COMMUNICATIONS TASK FORCE

Dilara Goker
dilara.goker[at]cedbik.org
James Kershaw, World
jkershaw[at]worldgbc.org
Valentina Marino, Italy
valentina.marino[at]gbcitalia.org
Helena Platas, Spain
comunicacion[at]gbce.es
Veronica Dei Rossi, Italy
veronica.deirossi[at]gbcitalia.org
Alice Ryan, Ireland
alice[at]igbc.ie
Carl-Fredrik Friden, Sweden
Carl-Fredrik.Friden[at]sgbc.se
Daniela Yordanova, Bulgaria
dyordanova[at]bgbc.bg
Irena Hlede, Slovenia
irena.hlede[at]gbc-slovenia.si
Erika Farenzenova, Slovakia
erika.farenzenova[at]skgbc.org