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AIDA is a project of the Intelligent Energy for Europe programme that aims at accelerating the market entry for nearly Zero Energy Buildings.

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Full project title and funding programme

Full title of project: AIDA - Affirmated Integrated Energy Design Action

Funding programme: Intelligent Energy for Europe


Accelerate the market entry of nZEB

Schedule and project consortium


01.04.2012 – 31.03.2015

Project consortium


The AIDA project aims to accelerate the market entry of nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEBs). This means energy efficient buildings and the use of renewable energy sources. Currently, there is a lack of intense actions to spread knowledge about nZEBs. It is apparent, that citizens will be better prepared and more willing to adopt nZEBs, if their municipality sets a positive example thus giving them direct access to and experience of nZEBs. Raising awareness towards nZEBs among local authorities and building planners becomes a key factor. Therefore, in particular the target groups of AIDA are primarily municipal representatives as market multipliers on the demand side, and also architects and master-builders on the supply side. AIDA offers action tailored to suit each of these groups including study tours, operational success stories, presentation of existing tools, active support for municipalities and close cooperation with key actors, such as associations of municipalities and building professionals. In summary: The core objective of AIDA is a widespread market adoption of nZEB target.

Problems to be addressed

  • Lack of nZEB knowledge for professional actors (Architects, engineers, constructors, representative of public administration…) and owners.
  • Lack of intense actions to spread knowledge about nZEBs.
  • Inability of the market for uptakingup taking of nZEBs in Europe.
  • Not enough visibility of front-runner-projects.
  • Lack of training of building professionals on integrated energy design process.
  • Lack of financial part due to the economic crisis.


  • To stimulate the market uptake of nZEBs.
  • To increase the visibility of front-runner-projects among European municipalities and architects.
  • To widespread the adoption of integrated energy design and nZEBs in municipalities by creating local seeds.
  • To help professionals to get used to integrated energy design and nZEBs by employing existing tools.
  • To enable the market penetration of nZEBs in European municipalities.
  • To widespread knowledge on integrated energy design and nZEBs in European municipalities.

The vision of the project is that integrated energy design and nZEBs become the state of the art for building professionals.

Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs

  • Operational success stories AIDA.
  • National and international visit tours to positive success stories.
  • Presentation of and specifications for an Integrated Energy Design (IED) process
  • Assisting the Municipalities to introduce the energy performance requirements and IED in the public tenders for new or refurbishment buildings.
  • Support the design team to use the energy simulation tools.
  • Engaging local authorities to participate within AIDA project.
  • Develop a template to create a nZEB roadmap for municipalities.
  • Recommendations for establishing a contact point for local and national authorities.
  • Awareness raising campaign for architects and master builders.
  • Input for the IEE common performance indicators.

Main results

  • Enabling the market uptake of nZEBs in Europe by assisting dedicated municipalities in seven EU countries to develop public tenders for new and refurbished nZEBs.
  • Increasing the visibility of front-runner-projects by offering study tours for European building professionals and local decision makers.
  • Training for building professionals on Integrated Energy Design process.
  • 6 Mio. EUR investment made in sustainable energy, leading to 45 toe/yr Renewable Energy production and 51,5 toe/yr Primary energy savings (the overall investment of all countries).

Outputs developed by the project


Uncovered expected needs

Aspects of the local building culture and regional typical building typologies were not addressed in the project.

Project strengths and weaknesses

Project strengths

High motivation of the participants. High international perception of the project, also in other countries of Europe (Kosovo, Bulgaria, Portugal, Geneva)

Project weaknesses

Economic situation during project implementation. Lack of interest and participation at the study tours.

Contact and homepage

Vienna University of Technology (Technische Universitaet Wien)

Vienna, Austria

Raphael Bointner

Tel.: +43-1-58801370352

Project homepage


ViSiBLE report identification of successes and common challenges of EU-funded projects (2014)