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Co-Creating National Renovation Strategies

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.

Upcoming Events


Spain – Workshop 6 – Social Agents

Seville, Spain
Panorama of Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden – How to motivate renovation ?

Stockholm, Sweden

The Dialogue Journey

Each country will host a series of events, each one linked to ensure they build upon one another and consciously create the communities of actors needed to meet Europe's existing building challenge. There will be a mixture of events; some focusing on regional issues (held in major cities), some on national issues (held in capital cities), and others on pan-European issues. Below is an example of the Dialogue Journey each GBC will host - go to each country page to view detail of the specific events each country is hosting.
National Launch Events
March/April 2016 Across Europe
National Workshops
May/June 2016 Across Europe
National Workshops
June/July 2016 Across Europe
European Summit
September 2016 Madrid,Spain
National Workshops
September/October 2016 Across Europe
National Workshops
November/December 2016 Across Europe
National Workshops
January/February 2017 Across Europe
European Summit
February 2017 Europe


Croatia WS4 – Skills & Capacity Building

The fourth BUILD UPON workshop „Skills and capacity building“, organized by the Croatia Green Building Council, took place on October 25th 2016 in the Esplanade hotel in Zagreb. It involved 42 stakeholders divided into 6 groups and addressed the barriers in the area of educating professional workers involved in EE building renovation projects.   Presentations...Read More

We look ahead after our first four workshops on deep renovation of apartment buildings

Build Upon, a joint project between Green Building Councils in 13 EU countries, aims to increase the rate of energy efficiency in existing buildings and to sharpen the national renovation strategies, with the deadline of April 2017. Internationally, over 50 events on energy renovation has been arranged within the project and after four workshops around...Read More

Croatia WS5 – Communication and creating awareness

The fifth BUILD UPON workshop „Communication and Awareness“, organized jointly by the Croatia Green Building Council and HUPFAS (Croatian Association of Façade Producers), took place on November 22nd 2016 in the Antunović hotel in Zagreb. It involved over 80 stakeholders divided into 10 groups and addressed the barriers in communication between relevant stakeholders and creating...Read More


Time to Renovate our Renovation Strategies

By Roberta D’Angiolella (Co-authored with Jonathan Volt and Dan Staniaszek) – Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) Buildings are the lifeblood of society – a place to work, rest, bring up future generations and undertake the myriad other actions that define our existence. The cost, in terms of resource use, energy consumption and maintenance expenditures, of this...Read More

Unleashing the 4th Industrial Revolution in Europe

By Yamina Saheb, Senior Energy Policy Analyst, OpenEXP. The report entitled “Energy Transition of the EU Building Stock – Unleashing the 4th Industrial Revolution in Europe” aims to support the on-going review/revision of EU climate and energy policy instruments. The objective is to contribute to making 2016 the year of delivery for EU instruments aiming to reduce...Read More

Collaboration – the key to unlocking the renovation potential!

At COP21, attendees of ‘Building’s Day’ recognised that, to stay within the 2-degree limit, the buildings sector must decrease emissions by 84 gigatonnes by 2050. Notwithstanding the critical role of buildings in mitigating against climate change, we at the World Green Building Council have long recognised the importance of renovating buildings, not only in terms...Read More

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