eCentral: Energy Efficient Public
Buildings in Central Europe
project "Energy efficient public buildings in Central Europe"
(eCentral) focuses on the energy efficiency of public buildings and the
implementation of measures to increase their efficiency. The goal is to show
that the approach to renovation and construction of public buildings in
accordance with the directions of nZEB (nearly zero-energy buildings) standards
is often an optimal and cost-effective long-term solution.
endeavor follows the EU´s Energy Efficiency Directive and Energy Performance
Building Directive, which will require implementation of the standards for
nearly zero energy buildings (nZEB) in every renovation or construction of
public buildings from year 2019.
the project, we will carry out various analyzes and develop tools, which are
going to provide significant insights into the current condition of buildings
and investment potentials. Various
training programs will support the development of new skills/knowledge of civil
servants in constructors of public nZEB projects.
innovative financing schemes for the renovation of public buildings will be
tested: energy efficiency contracting, public-private partnership and
crowdfunding and the collected funds will be used for energy renovation of
public buildings in three pilot regions Velenje, Sveta Nedelja (Croatia) and
Budapest (Hungary). We expect that the results of these pilot projects will give
a clearer answer to the cost optimization of the nZEB and improve the quality
of the available data.
on pilot projects and implemented project activities, a common strategy for
spreading the best practice examples of innovative financing schemes in Central
Europe will be developed.
official start of the project was on 01.09.2017 and will last until the end of
February 2021. The Lead Project Partner is Regional Energy Agency of the
North-West Croatia, followed by a consortium of additional eight project
partners from five EU countries (Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Austria in Hungary).
eCentral project is financed by the European Union funding programme Interreg
CENTRAL EUROPE. The total project budget is EUR 2,676,235.61 EUR. Municipality
of Velenje as project partner will manage the amount of EUR 194,161.90, from
which 85% are co-financed by the EU and 15% by the Municipality of Velenje.
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Additional information about the Program
The Interreg Program was launched in 1990
as a cornerstone of the EU Cohesion Policy. The Program provides a framework
for the implementation of collective actions and policy exchanges between
actors in different Member States. In the past years, the Interreg has evolved
and expanded, especially its budget and focus, and currently, comprehends three
different types of programs: cross-border, transnational and interregional. For
the programing period, 2014-2020, a total budget of 10.1 billion € is foreseen
and the investment priorities range from research and innovation,
information and communication technologies, competitiveness of SMEs, to
low-carbon economy, combating climate change, environment and resource
efficiency, sustainable transport, employment and mobility, social inclusion,
education and training and better public administration.
The Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE has an
available budget of 246 million € and it is part of the Interreg Transnational
Cooperation Program with a total budget 2.1 billion €. Its geographical scope
comprehends Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland,
Slovakia and Slovenia. The Program’s funding priorities are innovation to
increase competitiveness, low carbon strategies, natural and cultural resources
for sustainable growth and transport for better connection.