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Energy Performance of Buildings - Creating the conditions to make renovation faster, deeper, smarter, service- and data-driven
LIFE - sub-programme “Clean Energy Transition”
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This topic contributes to the goals of the EU Renovation Wave strategy and aims to help implement current and future buildings policies, notably in view of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), but considering as well aspects of the New European Bauhaus initiative.
This topic addresses several areas that are key for the achievement of the ambitious EU targets for the decarbonisation of buildings. It aims to develop and deploy approaches that bring actors, markets, frameworks and innovative solutions together to increase the attractiveness of building performance up-grades and to reduce the administrative, logistic and financial burden that still goes along with (deep) retrofitting of buildings. The topic also aims to address the need for quality data to make verification and financing more robust and to help deploy services that valorise building energy efficiency and smartness. Proposals should, where appropriate, explore synergies, while linking to, building on, complementing or promoting the market uptake of results from projects funded under other EU programmes, notably Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe.
Proposals are expected to focus on one of the three scopes (A, B or C) established below. In their introduction, proposals should clearly identify one scope against which the proposal shall be evaluated. In case a proposal addresses elements of more than one scope, this should be duly justified. For detailed information, consult the call document pages 21-27.
Scope A: Facilitating large-scale deep renovation
Proposals should stimulate volume and demand of deep renovation, by aggregating demand, linking demand and supply, by incentivising uptake of industrialised prefabrication solutions with reduced on-site construction time, by rolling out tools such as building renovation passports or by improving coordination of the supply chain. The topic welcomes action in all markets regardless of their readiness or maturity, and in particular in less mature markets. Proposals should explain and adapt the proposed activities to the context in which they will be acting.
Applicants are referred to the proposal for a recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive which provides legal definitions for concepts such as “deep renovation”, “staged deep renovation” or “zero emissions building”.
Scope B: Regulatory and administrative frameworks
Actions are expected to promote evolutions in order to remove barriers to building energy renovation and to stimulate more ambitious levels of energy savings and integration of on-site renewable energy in renovations, in order to reach the target of a carbon-neutral building stock by 2050.
Proposals should address barriers linked to the legal and regulatory framework in particular at local and regional level, and in the spirit of the recast as proposed for the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). This could include adapting these frameworks; adapting administrative procedures; adapting procurement rules, adapting existing support schemes and funding frameworks etc. in order to deliver the 2030 and 2050 targets on building renovation.
Proposals should clearly identify the specific barriers and the governance level which will be addressed, the expected outcome and provide an indication of the feasibility and timeline for implementation. The relevant public authorities should be involved in the project activities (not necessarily as consortium members) in order to ensure implementation of the proposed changes, with an indication of the necessary conditions/likelihood for implementing changes. Proposals should support public authorities in estimating the effectiveness of the frameworks and identifying changes to be introduced. Proposals should seek to exchange on examples and best practices with other regions and/or countries.
Wherever possible, proposals should prioritise multi-ownership and multi-apartment buildings.
Scope C: Buildings energy data and services
Actions are expected to improve the availability, quality and accuracy of buildings data and the access to these for multiple usages and parties including financial institutions; they are moreover expected to explore and foster the use of data for the development and financing of services that enhance the energy performance of buildings and the efficiency of the system. Actions may also develop and deploy approaches for use of better data to improve the reliability and consistency of key instruments, such as Energy Performance Certificates.
Technological, including innovative, solutions may be employed as enablers but must not be at the centre of the action.
Expected effects and impacts
Proposals should present the concrete results which will be delivered by the activities, and demonstrate how these results will contribute to the topic-specific impacts. This demonstration should include a detailed analysis of the starting point and a set of well-substantiated assumptions, and establish clear causality links between the results and the expected impacts.
For Scope A:
Proposals submitted under scope A should demonstrate how they will contribute to the following impacts, depending on the area addressed:
- Development of business models for the implementation of large-scale deep renovation projects allowing to reduce costs.
- Roll out of renovation passports for buildings.
- Improved coordination between the different actors and trades involved in the supply side of renovation works (in particular SMEs and individual craftspeople).
- Effective and replicable solutions leading to increased rates of renovation.
For Scope B:
Proposals submitted under scope B should demonstrate how they will contribute to the following impacts, depending on the aspects addressed:
- Adapted legal frameworks, permitting rules and administrative procedures to ease the implementation of energy efficiency and on-site integrated renewable energy measures in buildings.
- Improved governance, decision-making and financing in/of co-ownership structures.
- Adapting existing support schemes and funding frameworks to deliver large-scale deep renovation.
For Scope C:
Proposals submitted under scope C should demonstrate how they will contribute to the following impacts:
- Improved availability, quality and accuracy of buildings data.
- Improved access to and use of buildings performance data by financial institutions, service providers and building owners/operators, e.g. to deploy innovative financing schemes and/ or dedicated financial products.
- Improved reliability and consistency of Energy Performance Certificates; increased up-take of EPCs in the market, including stronger consideration in the valorisation of buildings and buildings portfolios.
- Better quality and cost-effectiveness of inspections and of the assessment procedures carried out for the Energy Performance Certificate.
- Up-take of improved methodologies to measure and monetise primary benefits and co-benefits of innovative services, such as environmental and health externalities.
Proposals under scopes A, B and C should also quantify their impacts related to the following common indicators for the LIFE Clean Energy Transition subprogramme:
- Investments in sustainable energy (energy efficiency and renewables) triggered by the project (cumulative, in million Euro).
- Primary energy savings triggered by the project (in GWh/year).
- Renewable energy generation triggered by the project (in GWh/year).
- Reduction of greenhouse gases emissions (in tCO2-eq/year).
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Island (Ísland), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Ukraine (Україна)
Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
Proposals must be submitted by:
- minimum 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 3 different eligible countries.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies)
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
- non-EU countries:
- listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)
- the coordinator must be established in an eligible country
Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).
International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
Financial support to third parties is not allowed.
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section. Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:
- Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
- Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)
- Part C (to be filled in directly online) containing additional project data
- Mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):
- detailed budget table (mandatory excel template available in the Submission System)
- participant information including previous projects, if any (mandatory template available in the Submission System)
- Optional annexes:
- letters of support
Proposals are limited to maximum 65 pages (Part B).