EU sector relevant programmes on sustainable building ViSiBLE

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This report on relevant EU programmes that focus on sustainable building is an output of the ViSiBLE project.


The report identifies relevant EU-programmes for the creation of synergies and possibilities of future cooperation in the Alpine region and beyond. Within the scope of this task the focus is on programmes relevant to nZEBs (nearly Zero-Energy Buildings) in the Alpine region and other European countries.

Structure and approach of the report

To identify the relevant EU-projects an online search has been conducted. The results are divided in two parts. The first part examines the work programmes of Horizon 2020 while the second part examines the macro regional strategies. The thematic topics of programmes were analysed and then determined whether the programme is relevant or not. The term of nZEB’s is very specific but connected with other terms energy efficiency, renewable energy, low carbon strategy and development of new technologies. So the appearance of these terms is used as an indicator for the relevance of the programme, too.


Horizon 2020 provides calls for energy efficient buildings as well as low-carbon economy and resource efficient economy. The macro regional strategies do not mention buildings that explicitly. Therefore the designation as relevant or not is more consideration than decision. Regarding this there are lots of relevant programmes. The development of these programmes for the next period of 2014-2020 is in progress so the objectives are taken out of drafts or consultation versions of the operational programmes. Most of the time the first calls are foreseen for the beginning of 2015.

Target group/users

Organisations active in EU-funded projects with a focus on a low-carbon economy and nearly zero energy buildings and EU funding agencies.

Project and Funding programme

Name of project: ViSiBLE

Funding programme: Alpine Space Programme

Publication date

September 2014

Regions of implementation:

Overall, the programmes cover most of Europe.




Hochschule Rosenheim

Name of contact person: Svenja Stahnke

Hochschule Rosenheim



Report Mapping of relevant EU programmes for projects on sustainable building