Open innovation for sustainable buildings

European projects in progress

CULTURAL-E : Climate and cultural-based solutions for Plus Energy Buildings.

Aims to develop and define modular and replicable solutions and technologies for Plus Energy Buildings (PEBs), accounting for climate and cultural differences, while engaging all key players involved in the building life cycle; to create affordable indoor environments.

Digital DeConstruction (DDC)

Aims to develop an innovative digital decision support system, integrating various digital tools that help to define the most sustainable and economical deconstruction and reuse strategy for buildings.

E2VENT : Energy Efficient VENTilated Façades for Optimal Adapatability in the refurbishment of buildings

Development of an Energy Ventilated Facade in order to maximize the adaptability with low energy architectural concepts for the refurbishment of existing buildings

GEOFIT: Smart Geothermal Technologies 

Development of a methodology of retrofitting buildings in the area of the geothermal resources through the use of several demo sites in order to reduce the energy consumption.

Hospital SUDOE 4-0:

The project generates a real-time expert management system for the use and consumption of energy and water in hospital buildings, as well as a structured procedure for its renovation, so that their energy consumption is practically zero. In addition, the participation of administrations will be encouraged so that they assume these instruments to integrate them into its public energy transition policies.

HYBUILD : Innovative compact hybrid storage systems for low energy buildings

Development of costs-effective and environmental solutions in order to answer to the comfort conditions in two climates with various needs of cooling or heating.

INFINITE : Industrialised Durable Building Envelope Retrofitting By All-In-One Interconnected Technology Solutions

The EU’s building stock is relatively old. Half of all homes in most EU countries were built pre-1970 and before the first thermal regulations. This is why upgrading the energy efficiency of the building envelope – the physical barrier between indoor and unconditioned environment – is important. The EU-funded INFINITE project will pave the way for the decarbonisation of the EU building stock by facilitating the uptake of all-in-one industrialised envelope technologies by the market. INFINITE’s approach for deep renovation of buildings will result in both cost and time reduction, with attention to the life cycle perspective and the design for assembly and disassembly, including end-of-life residual value as well as construction and demolition waste.

METABUILDING : METAclustering for cross-sectoral and cross-border innovation ecosystem BUILDING for the European Construction, Additive Manufacturing and Nature-Based Solutions industrial sectors’ SMEs.

METABUILDING will achieve a sustainable and expandable collaborative innovation ecosystem backed by an open innovation digital platform performing 6 main functions: 1) Cross-sectoral/border Digital Marketplace; 2) interactive Knowledge Repository; 3) Industrial commons database with technology assets from EU funded R&D, 4) Business Strategy resourcing, 5) Innovation Funding Scaling knowledge support and 6) Metaclustering Network Management.

MySMARTLife: Transition of EU cities towards a new concept of Smart Life and Economy

Transform the cities into more sustainable places with the development of a smarter economy, a better use of energies and an increase of the involvement of the citizens.

Nature4Cities : Nature Based Solutions for re-naturing cities: knowledge diffusion and decision support platform through new collaborative models

Nature Based Solutions for renaturing cities: knowledge diffusion and decision support platform through new collaborative models

PVSITES : Building-integrated photovoltaic technologies and systems for large-scale market deployments

Drive the building-integrated photovoltaics technology to a large market deployment with an answer to the needs of the market identified for the industry


The project has developed a methodology for the recycling of opaque PET (reactive extrusion process), and showed that in order to develop high added value applications for this recycled material, there is a need to stabilize and improve its quality. This upgraded opaque PET will then be transformed by blending with other materials, to target applications requiring good mechanical performance, or in foams for building insulation.

RCdiGREEN : Sustainable construction

It seeks to establish a strategy, based on the fundamentals of the circular economy, to implement the enhancement and efficient management of construction and demolition waste, as well as the rehabilitation of consolidated buildings. In order to meet the economic, social, energy and environmental requirements.

SHCity : Smart Heritage City – District Management Support System for cultural heritage cities (conservation, energy efficiency, uses management, security)

Development of an open data app which gather information on the buildings in heritage city centers such as energy consumption, visitors data, and building conservation parameters, in order to ensure efficient building management, heritage conservation, and sustainable turism.

SHELTER: Sustainable Historic Environments hoListic reconstruction through Technological Enhancement and community based Resilience

Establishment of a cross-scale, multidimensional, data driven and community based operational knowledge framework for heritage-led and conservation-friendly resilience enhancement and sustainable reconstruction of historic areas to cope with climate change and natural hazards.

VEEP : Cost-Effective Recycling of CDW in High Added Value Energy Efficient Prefabricated Concrete Components for Massive Retrofitting of our Built Environment

Development of a technological and cost effective solution in order to increase the C&DW recycling with the integration of new concrete and new ways to incorporated them in processes.