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The project AlpBC follows the project AlpHouse. It defines and implements strategies and measures to preserve and advance Alpine Building Culture in the broader context of territorial development and ecologic sustainability. It aims at enabling local actors to capitalize on this outstanding cultural asset as a source of regional identity and economic development.

Full project title and funding programme

Full title of project: Capitalising knowledge on Alpine Building Culture

Funding programme: Alpine Space Programme


Sustainable territorial development

Schedule and project consortium


01.09.2012 – 30.06.2015

Project consortium

Problems to be addressed

Alpine territories face similar challenges while being able to capitalise on similar assets. Among the assets, the distinct building cultures of the Alpine territories with their building stock and alignment to landscape are of outstanding importance, forming a unique natural and cultural capital. Valorising this capital can generate business for local SMEs, create jobs, and increase attractiveness of the regions while being in line with their cultural identity.

Therefore, capitalising on the territorial building culture by strategically using and developing particular territorial ecologic and economic resources/structures can enable Alpine regions to successfully cope with the abovementioned challenges mentioned above.

However, the economic potential inherent in the territorial building culture is not sufficiently recognised by policy makers and stakeholders in the territories yet and hence not exploited appropriately. As experiences from project AlpHouse show, this is due to the lack of integrative planning capacities/approaches in the regions involving local, inter-municipal, regional, national, and transnational levels, and due to the lack of effective interfaces between stakeholders, and to the lack of participative governance styles.


  • To develop a sustainable regional approach to Alpine Building Culture embedded into territorial development and integrating all planning and policy levels.
  • To sensitise all target groups (politics, administration, SMEs, public) for the endogenous potential of Alpine Building Culture as an interface between cultural and natural heritage affecting regional economy and ecology.
  • To implement pilot activities in 10 pilot areas involving 40 municipalities that prepare the ground for Inter-Municipal planning and Regional Closed Loop Economies (RCLE) in the building sector.
  • To capacitate regional actors to apply holistic approaches to settlement planning and re-use of building stock and to integrate building culture into spatial development
  • To set up 9 AlpHouse Centers that develop and capitalise on human and technological capital and that transfer relevant knowledge/tools for smart spatial planning, energy efficient building and RCLE to regional policy makers and stakeholders (continuing beyond project life-time).
  • To enhance the competitiveness of territories and regional SMEs in the building sector, e.g. by clusters and networks for knowledge transfer (ranging from local to transnational level).
  • To enhance the capacities of public authorities in the regions by providing them with knowledge/tools/communication concepts that support cross-scale governance and with planning guidelines.
  • To capitalise on experiences and results of previous projects and investigate potential synergies with current projects.
  • To increase the use of renewable energy sources and sustainable local building material.

Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs

  • Synthesising the knowledge base.
  • Developing and Adapting framework and defining indicators and range of intervention for Inter-Municipal Concepts (IMC) and Regional Closed Loop Economies (RCLE).
  • Adapting approved planning tools and methodologies to current challenges for IMC as Alpine Strategy.
  • Identifying and developing potential and impact of regional closed loop economies (RCLE) for the building sector in regard to regional competitiveness.
  • Integrative collection of national and regional best practices for IMC and development of supportive Case Studies.
  • Connecting Inter-municipal Concepts (IMC) with Regional Closed Loop Economy (RCLE) in the field of building culture.
  • AlpHouse Centers (AHCs) as instruments of technology and innovation transfer.
  • Executive summary of political relevant outputs of AlpBC and other projects

Main expected results

Expected results

  • Sensitization and motivation of Regional authorities for inter-municipal planning approaches.
  • Pilot regions of inter-municipal planning strategies and fostering potential of regional closed loop economies.
  • AlpHouse Centers to inform, train and consult.
  • Consultancy service to policy makers.
  • Improvement competitiveness of SMEs.
  • Instruction of regional decision makers.

Outputs and tools developed by the project

Outputs and tools

These outputs do not exist yet since AlpBC is a running project.

Usage of outputs

AlpBC is a running project, so no statement about the usage of the deliverables can be made yet.

Contact and homepage

Katja Hein

Tel.: +49 861 9897765

Project homepage


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