Eco-building Programme

Eco-building Programme

Source of funding


Name of client/donor

Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea

Overall project value

EUR 468,300


January 2010 – December 2011

Beneficiary countries

Central and Eastern Europe

Number of staff


The building sector is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. This is particularly true of economies in transition in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), where many buildings use energy inefficiently and are in need of renovation. Eco-building technologies are already being used in the comprehensive retrofitting of existing buildings and in new constructions, as demonstrated in various projects financed by the Italian Government. However, there are several sector-specific barriers to the wider adoption of eco-building solutions. One of the most significant is the fragmented structure of the building industry. Lack of knowledge and experience in the use of eco-building solutions among the many different stakeholders must be addressed through awareness-raising activities. This in turn will increase demand and lead to the expansion of the eco-building market.

The goal of this awareness-raising project was to expand the application of ecologically sustainable building practices through the REC's cooperation with experts in the eco-building industry and communication experts. The REC's specific aims were to:

  • promote the exchange of best practices in the CEE region;
  • offer organisational support for the management of dissemination activities;
  • support the specialist partners in the provision of technical support for the design and construction of new and refurbished buildings; and
  • support the specialist partner in communication activities.

The REC's eco-building programme was implemented in partnership with Gruppo Rem, Udine, Italy; and Favero and Milan Ingegneria, Mirano, Italy. The programme contributed to the achievement of EU emissions reductions targets through awareness raising; addressing barriers to the take-up of eco-building solutions; promoting best practice examples; and strengthening the relevant legal and institutional frameworks in the region.

The eco-building programme comprised activities to promote eco-building throughout the region. Target groups included government officials and local municipality experts, business representatives and the media.

Exhibitions and seminars:

  • Budapest, Hungary exhibition and workshop (May 2010)
  • Szentendre, Hungary exhibition (June 2010)
  • Split, Croatia workshop (October 2010)
  • Tirana, Albania workshop (November 2010)
  • Istanbul, Turkey workshop (March 2011)


  • Eco-building solutions: Raising awareness for wider application (2010)

Closing event for the project and launch of the publication, Brussels (June 2011 Green Week)

  • Awareness raising
  • Events organisation
  • Organisational support
  • Communication