Training for Rebuilding Europe (TRAINREBUILD)

Training for Rebuilding Europe (TRAINREBUILD)

Source of funding

European Commission

Name of client/donor

Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)

Consortium members


Overall project value

EUR 2,190,734


December 2010 – December 2012

Beneficiary countries

Belgium | Bulgaria | France | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Italy | Portugal | Romania | Spain | United Kingdom

Number of staff


The TRAINREBUILD project was implemented within the Intelligent Energy Europe programme and focused on designing a comprehensive value chain strategy to generate a change in thinking among public and private housing owners regarding the link between energy efficiency and value.

The project aimed to train property owners and local authorities and to encourage the retrofitting of a wide range of residential buildings, from individual homes to multi-family buildings, and private as well as social housing. The long-term purpose was to foster a market transformation in the building sector and to reach a 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions in the built environment by 2020, as well as a 20 percent share of renewable energy by 2020. Capacity-building activities were directed towards two focus groups:

  • experts from associations of property owners in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and the UK; and
  • officials from local authorities responsible for the retrofitting of buildings in cities in Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Portugal and Romania that are signatories to the Covenant of Mayors.

The REC led Work Package 5, which focused on strengthening the capacities of local authorities in Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania with respect to the energy efficiency retrofitting of residential buildings. Training sessions were led by technicians and professionals, whose work has an impact on the design, selection, approval, installation, operation, maintenance, sales and marketing of sustainable building systems.

Activities included the elaboration of a toolkit for local authorities on energy efficiency refurbishments, adapted to the specific needs of individual countries and produced in local languages. The toolkit contains modules on legal background, financial instruments, technological solutions and public awareness raising. The REC organised practice-oriented training events in the focus countries Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, targeting the local authorities of signatories to the Covenant of Mayors. The materials produced by the REC for the three training sessions can be found on the project website, under the tab "Local Authorities".

  • Assessment
  • Cooperation (liaising with Hungarian Association of Local Authorities and with the Covenant of Mayors)
  • Publishing
  • Capacity building