Sustainable Buildings Sustainable Buildings


The 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, and 34 other European regions from 20 different 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.

Regions involved

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

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

In total: 47 Regions/Member States from 22 different countries.


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

    Summary Report (v. Sept 2017):                      Definition and Scope:                                Organisation:


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Events Events

S3PEnergy - High Level Event

The project concludes the first phase of its activities at the end of this year. As a conclusion of the tasks carried out by the S3PEnergy, a High Level...

Sustainable Buildings Partnership working meeting

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

Innovation camp smart specialisation in energy

This innovation camp takes place these 11th and 12th October in Brussels. It counts on the joint participation of three S3PEnergy partnerships, external...

Working meeting Sustainable Buildings S3 Partnership - Debrecen (HU) 6 July

Working meeting of the Smart Specialisation Interregional Partnership on Sustainable Buildings

Working meeting Sustainable Buildings S3 Partnership - Brussels 17 May

Working meeting of the Smart Specialisation Interregional Partnership on Sustainable Buildings

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