OUR-CEE – Overcoming Underperforming Renovations in CEE

Improving the efficiency and sustainability of public building renovation in Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland and Romania, leading to an increased rate and depth of renovation with the aim of a climate-neutral building stock by 2050.

Buildings Energy Efficiency Energy Transition and Climate-Neutral Buildings

Brașov, Romania

Project info


Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania

Project duration:

12/23 - 03/26

Target groups:

National governments, Associations, Private sector, General public


607,005.72 €

Contact info


Luciana Miu

Implementing organisation
  • Foundation Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect
  • PNEC - Association of Municipalities Polish Network "Energie Cités"
  • Regional Energy Agency North


Older buildings often have a poor energy performance. It is therefore key to renovate them in a way which increases their energy efficiency and reduces their greenhouse gas emissions, with the overarching objective of a zero-emission and fully decarbonised building stock by 2050. The EU has put the renovation of older buildings high on its climate change mitigation agenda, notably with its strategy A Renovation Wave for Europe, launched in 2020 to support the implementation of the European Green Deal. However, Central and Eastern European countries are  struggling to achieve the rate and depth of renovation required by the EU.


The project identifies the main reasons for underperforming renovation and provides an overview of the current situation in the four project countries. Its strategy is to build momentum for accelerating the rate and depth of renovation. It uses public buildings as case studies because they are well-suited to serve as examples of good practice for both the public and the private sectors.

Around 70 national policy makers, local authorities, public administration officials and renovation professionals are provided with in-depth knowledge and tools to promote energy-efficient and climate-friendly renovation. Tailored renovation roadmaps, including financial plans, are developed for 12 poorly renovated public buildings.

The project’s results will support the development of the four countries’ National Building Renovation Plans and the implementation of the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

Workshops and other dialogue and training formats are offered to promote regional collaboration with other Central and Eastern European countries and to find solutions to common challenges.

Last update: May 2024