Intelligent Energy-Saving Measures for Municipal Housing in Central and Eastern Europe (INTENSE)

Intelligent Energy-Saving Measures for Municipal Housing in Central and Eastern Europe (INTENSE)

Source of funding

European Commission

Name of client/donor

Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia

Overall project value

EUR 234,086


October 2008 – September 2011

Beneficiary countries

Central and Eastern Europe

Number of staff


The INTENSE project, supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme of the European Commission, addressed urban planning and energy efficiency in 11 countries, including new EU member states and EU candidate countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). In the project, NGOs and municipalities worked together with support from expert organisations in Germany to implement a set of actions to improve energy-efficient construction in their region.

INTENSE addressed municipalities, building professionals and the general public, with the goals of:

  • assessing the legal background and highlighting opportunities for municipalities;
  • optimising the process of urban planning;
  • transferring best practices and experience;
  • training municipal planners and building professionals to implement energy-sound solutions in practice; and
  • enabling municipalities to better communicate information on energy efficiency to their citizens.

A total of 28 partners from 11 countries were involved in the project, and REC country offices acted as coordinators in seven of the countries (Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia). The project was led by the Baltic Environmental Forum, which also coordinated activities in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Germany.

The following activities were undertaken during the project:

  • Workshops and study visits were organised on the most important aspects of energy-efficient urban planning in order to change the mindsets of participating municipalities in CEE.
  • A website and project materials were prepared in English and local languages.
  • Training materials were developed on the technical aspects and design of energy-sound residential buildings.
  • Downloadable documents were prepared for municipal planners, professionals in the construction industry and educational institutes on legal background; technical solutions; energy-efficient urban planning; and communication with citizens.
  • Examples of good practice were collected in order to inspire municipal planners, architects and engineers.
  • Recommendations were drafted for technical standards, rules and incentives, and criteria were developed for the evaluation of newly planned or recently built homes covering general aspects, technical options and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Comparative studies were undertaken on legislation, standards and technical rules, and on the transposition and implementation of relevant EU directives.
  • Municipalities were encouraged to implement mini projects to develop energy strategies, raise public awareness and apply technical measures.
  • Project administration
  • Accounting
  • Reporting
  • Awareness raising
  • Capacity building