Consortium Members

European Partners for the Environment (BE, Coordinator)

EPE is a multi-stakeholder forum bringing together Public Authorities, Companies large and small, Trade Unions, Research Institutes, Environmental Organisations, Consumer and Ethical NGOs and Civil Society Groups. Its mission is to improve cross-sectoral collaboration and joint initiatives to align business, capital, markets and society more closely with the sustainability agenda. EPE builds the ground for consensus on sustainability and serves as a catalyst, in Europe and around the world, to achieve into the future a better balance between the environmental, social and economic elements of life. EPE hosted laboratories on sustainable construction and produced insightful recommendations aimed at giving a different perspective to revitalise on-going policy debates on sustainable buildings in the EU. The laboratories provided practical guidance on how co-operation among partners produced results that improve the environmental performance of buildings encouraging their retrofit by home occupants. Through these laboratories, EPE engineered new forms of partnerships among champions to stimulate the demand for eco-innovation among different sectors such as the business sector, civil society and NGOs, the financial community and public authorities.


ARENE Ile-de-France (Regional Agency for the Environment and New Energies) (ARENE)

ARENE Ile-de-France: Regional Agency for the Environment and New Energies (FR)

ARENE Ile-de-France (Ile-de-France is the Regional Agency for the Environment and New Energies), set up in 1994, is a body working in partnership with the Regional Council. It contributes to the integration of environment and energy matters (including sustainable buildings) by taking part in sustainable development implementation in Ile-de-France.

Its means of implementation are based on:

  • Raising awareness on environmental issues, disseminating “best practices” and promoting pilot projects
  • Assessing new practices and assisting in experimenting them

Thanks to the skills of its team and its regional experts, ARENE delivers operational and strategic information to local authorities and to regional actors in the Ile-de-France Region. ARENE disseminates know-how from best practices through tools of communication: guided visits, publications, websites, events, workshops, forums, etc.

Furthermore, ARENE provides technical support such as feasibility studies for innovative projects and in some cases offers financial advice.



Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (HU)

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is an international organisation with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems. The REC fulfils this mission by promoting cooperation among governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses and other environmental stakeholders, and by supporting the free exchange of information and public participation in environmental decision making.

The REC was established in 1990 by the United States, the European Commission and Hungary. Today, the REC is legally based on a charter signed by the governments of 30 countries and the European Commission. The REC has its head office in Szentendre, Hungary, and country offices and field offices in 17 beneficiary countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey.

The REC actively participates in key global, regional and local processes and contributes to environmental and sustainability solutions within and beyond its country office network, transferring transitional knowledge and experience to countries and regions.

Recent donors are the European Commission and the governments of Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as other inter-governmental and private institutions.


Citta’ Studi Biella (IT)

Città Studi Biella S.p.A. is a private non-profit making company founded 25 years ago by the local industrial association in order to increase the scientific and technological development of the Biellese industry. Biella is one of the most important industrial poles in Italy and in Europe for textiles and today, Città Studi represents one of the most important poles of industrial culture. Its mission is to meet local needs with initiatives regarding education, research and consulting services and therefore it continues to develop new services in collaboration with local authorities, enterprises and institutions.

Città Studi has built a strong collaboration with three prestigious universities (Politecnico di Torino, Università degli Studi di Torino e Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale) by activating university bachelor’s degrees and specializing masters. Città Studi is also a training agency recognized by Region Piedmont and certified ISO 9000. Every year Città Studi delivers more than 15.000 hours training and over 230 different courses. It owns training rooms, equipped laboratories and very advanced IT systems.. Most of the courses are financed by the local public administration and by the European Union (ESF).


ESG Intelligence Consulting (FR)

ESG Intelligence Consulting (ESGIC) is a strategy, training, and research consulting firm specializing in environmental and social finance and investment. ESGIC coordinated the research and development for the FUNDETEC Financing Environmental Technologies project completed in 2008. ESGIC works with research and consulting specialists globally to conduct research, develop sustainable investment strategies, manage communications platforms, and provide training to financial and corporate professionals. Projects have been completed in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. ESGIC develops and implements sustainable investment programmes with specific attention to current organisational capacity, strategic considerations, and the target market. It provides comprehensive services for all or part of programmes and investment product development processes.


The Architects Council of Europe Services (EU)

The Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) is the European organisation representing the architectural profession at European level. Its headquarters and Secretariat are located in Brussels. Its growing membership consists of Member Organisations, which are the nationally representative regulatory and professional bodies of all European Union (EU) Member States, Accession States, Switzerland and Norway. Through them, it represents the interests of about 480,000 architects. The principal function of the ACE is to monitor developments at EU level, seeking to influence those areas of EU Policy and legislation that have an impact on architectural practice and on the overall quality and sustainability of the built environment.


International Union of Property Owners (EU)

Union Internationale de la Propriété Immobilière – International Union of Property Owners (UIPI) is an international not-for-profit association founded in 1923 that defends the interests of private individual property owners in Europe. Through its 27 national member organisations, the UIPI represents about 5 million private homeowners & landlords, owning 20 million dwellings in 25 European countries. The UIPI is involved in many issues, including general housing; taxation and inheritance concerns; technical matters and new regulations such as energy saving in buildings; the private rented agenda; as well as universal consumer rights and social responsibilities. The UIPI also supports property restitution and defends the fundamental human right to own property.

The UIPI constructively contributes to the common effort toward a more energy efficient Europe by ensuring that property and building owners are better consulted, informed, convinced and assisted in improving the energy efficiency of their dwellings.

Seven national member associations of the UIPI are involved in TRAINREBUILD, enhancing the coverage of the project and increasing direct contacts to property owners: the Spanish Confederación de cámaras de la propiedad urbana y asociaciones de propietarios de fincas urbanas, the Italian Confederazione Italiana della Proprieta Edilizia (Confedilizia),

Haus & Grund Deutschland, the Hellenic Property Federation POMIDA, the UK National Landlords Association (NLA), the Belgium Syndicat National des Propriétaires et copropriétaires (SNP-AES), the French Union Nationale de la Propriété Immobilière (UNPI).

Association of Professionals Residential Buildings Managers of Belgium (BE)

The ABSA is an organization gathering Belgian professional residential buildings managers. Its members are managing about 25% of the total amount of co-ownerships in the region Bruxelles-capitale. Today, the ABSA has 35 active members. The organization provides added value through its expertise on the legal and regolamentary framework that concerns residential buildings managers. The ABSA makes propositions and recommendations to relevant people (on the legislative side, at the intention of professionals, etc) to create conditions of better cooperation between (co-)owners and managers. Moreover, the ABSA also aims at providing clear and updated information on important regulations and on the evolution of the norms in this sector.


Agência Municipal de Energia de Cascais (PT)

“Cascais Energy” (Cascais’ Municipal Energy Agency) is a private non-profit association created January 2007 with the purpose of contributing to a more efficient energy and renewable energy use in the Cascais Municipality. Through its action the Agency also seeks to promote a sustainable development and social cohesion. Its main objectives are to promote a rational energy use, promote the use of renewable energies and contribute to a sustainable development and social cohesion by conducting studies to provide in-depth knowledge on the Municipality’s energetic reality, providing guidance on domestic and commercial energy efficiency, developing energy efficiency projects for municipal buildings, in collaboration with some of the municipality’s departments, developing awareness and educational campaigns, evaluating the potential for renewable energy use, promoting good practices and collaborating with public and private entities, national and international.


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (EU)

RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is the world’s leading qualification when it comes to professional standards in land, property and construction. Over 140,000 property professionals working in the major established and emerging economies of the world have already recognised the importance of securing RICS status by becoming members. RICS members operate in 146 countries, supported by an extensive network of regional offices located in every continent around the world. To ensure that RICS members are able to provide the quality of advice and level of integrity required by the market, RICS qualifications are only awarded to individuals who meet the most rigorous requirement for both education and experience. RICS is an independent professional body originally established in the UK by Royal Charter. Since 1868, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity – providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues affecting businesses and society.