Sustainable Buildings Sustainable Buildings

Interregional partnetship for Smart Specialisation on Sustainable buildingsThe building sector is the largest energy consumer in Europe, representing 40% of the total EU consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU, according to EC statistical data. By improving the energy efficiency of buildings, the total EU energy consumption could be reduced by 5-6% and lower CO2 emissions by about 5%.

The main objective of the S3 Partnership on Sustainable Buildings is to create an alliance between European regions to boost new markets and take advantage of regional opportunities for specialisation. The partnership is led by Andalusia (ES) and North Great Plain (HU), and 43 other European regions or countries are currently participating or have shown interest in joining.

Three main reference themes for interregional collaboration have been identified:

1) Eco-construction, bioclimatism and insulation of buildings,
2) Renewable energy integration in buildings,
3) Systems of maximum energy efficiency in buildings and cities

The next steps of the partnership comprise the creation of working groups for each reference theme, the mapping of the capacities, resources available and relevant actors in the participating regions, and the establishment of synergies and interregional collaborations for the implementation of concrete pilot projects and actions.



OPEN SURVEY: In order to identify synergies and complementarities in the sustainable buildings sector among the participating regions in the Partnership, partners are requested to fill in this brief survey (one questionnaire per region/Member State).  (Password: partenariado)

INFO: Template of letter of support or commitment of the participating regions / MS available here.

Regions involved

Lead regions: Andalusia (ES) and North Great Plain (Észak-Alföld) (HU)

Participating regions:  Brussels-Capital Region, Flanders (BE), Bosnia-Herzegovina; North West Croatia (HR), Prague (CZ), Region of Greater Copenhagen (DK), South Estonia, Tartu County Region (EE), Asturias, Catalonia, Valencian Community, Extremadura, Murcia, Castile and Leon (ES), Lapland, South Karelia (FI), France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) (FR), Lower Saxony (DE), Region Western Macedonia (EL), South Transdanubian (HU), Ireland (IE), Campania, Lazio, Region of Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria (IT), Lithuania (LT), Pomorskie, Slaskie, Opolskie, Podkarpackie, Podlaskie (PL), Lisbon, Algarve (PT), Slovak Republic (SK), Slovenia, Gorenjska (SI), Västerbotten, Jämtland, Southeast Sweden (Blekinge, Kalmar and Kronoberg County), Mälardalen Region (SE), Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (UK).

In total: 55 entities, from 45 Regions/Member States.


1. Contact details of the leading regions

Joaquin VILLAR, Head of Internationalisation and Prospective Department, Andalusian Energy Agency

Valeria SZABO, International project manager, LENERG Energy Agency Nonprofit Llc.

2. Contact details of JRC

Isabelle SEIGNEUR, Directorate B, Growth and Innovation. Unit 3, Territorial Development.
Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy)

More information

    Concept Note (v. Sept 2017):                      Definition and Scope:                                Organisation:


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S3PEnergy - High Level Event

The project concluded the first phase of its activities at the end of 2017. As a conclusion of the tasks carried out by the S3PEnergy, a High Level Event...

Sustainable Buildings Partnership working meeting

Working session with the partners of the interregional S3 Partnership on Sustainable Buildings.

Sustainable Buildings Partnership working meeting

Working session with the partners of the interregional S3 Partnership on Sustainable Buildings.
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