CEESEN-BENDER - Building intErventions in vulNerable Districts against Energy poveRty

CEESEN-BENDER - Building intErventions in vulNerable Districts against Energy poveRty

National project

Buildings are responsible for 40% of Europe’s total energy consumption, and EU policy has prioritized the identification of dwellings and citizens at a higher risk of energy poverty in order to develop effective strategies for building renovation. In accordance with the energy efficiency first principle, building renovation must be prioritized when discussing the overall solution to energy poverty. In so doing, the least efficient building stock should be targeted first and split-incentive dilemmas and market failures should be addressed. Furthermore, addressing energy poverty, like energy transition in general, should be socially just and inclusive.

The main objective of CEESEN-BENDER is to empower and support vulnerable homeowners and renters living in Soviet-era multi-apartment buildings in 5 CEE countries: Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, Poland, and Romania. We will help them through the renovation process by identifying the main obstacles, and creating trustworthy support services that include homeowners, their associations, and building managers. We will create a support system for homeowners, municipalities, and other large owners of multi-apartment buildings (MABs) in our targeted regions to speed up the renovation process. The team will develop specific tools to help municipalities and large housing stock owners effectively identify energy poor households and implement schemes to reduce energy poverty. For the 5 pilot areas, we will create at least 30 building-level roadmaps that specify the technical details for renovations, targeting at least 1.500 apartments, and form a network of at least 30 energy professionals trained in consulting the target groups. We will train at least 3.500 homeowners, landlords and building managers on legal, financial, technical and other aspects of energy renovations, and will advocate for changes of regulatory requirements and policies to lower the costs and time needed for the preparatory phase of projects.

Some concrete key performance indicators (KPIs) of the project include:

  • Number of local authorities (municipalities, cities) directly involved in the project – 10.
  • Number of multi-apartment building management companies directly involved in the project activities – 10.
  • Number of homeowners, landlords, and homeowner associations involved in the project activities – 3500.
  • Number of vulnerable and energy poor homeowners involved in the project activities – 750.
  • Energy savings caused by the changes in the renovation regulatory framework (primary energy savings) - 14.820 GWh
  • Energy savings caused by the changes in the behaviour of the homeowners - 0.46 GWh
  • Production of energy from RES - 4.25 GWh.

The project started in 2023 and will be completed in 2026.

Main beneficiaries: energy poor communities, low income people, vulnerable groups and others.

It addressed the topics of: Communities, energy efficiency, renovation, heating and cooling system, vulnerable consumers.

The partners of the project are: Society for Sustainable Development Design - DOOR (Croatia), University of Tartu - UTARTU (Estonia), Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje - LEASP (Slovenia), Alba Local Energy Agency - ALEA (Romania), Climate Alliance - CA (Germany), Medjimurje Energy Agency - MENEA (Croatia), Mazovia Energy Agency - MAE (Poland), Tartu Regional Energy Agency - TREA (Estonia), Municipality of Alba Iulia (Romania), Central and Eastern Sustainable Energy Network - CEESEN (Estonia).

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