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Project Identification

Full title of project: CESBA MED – Sustainable MED Cities

Project acronym: CESBA MED

Programme priority: Priority 2 - Fostering low-carbon strategies and energy efficiency in specific MED territories: cities, islands and remote areas

Programme priority specific objective: efficiency in specific MED territories: cities, islands and remote areas

Start date: 2016-11-01

Closure date: 2019-10-31

ERDF Co-Financing Rate: € 2.711.818,75/ 85%

Total Project Budget: € 3.190.375,00

CESBA Budget: € 200.750,00

CESBA Co-Financing Rate: € 170.637,50/ 85%

Project summary

Energy efficiency improvement is a key strategy to reduce the environmental impact of public buildings. But usually energy efficiency plans do not fully exploit the potential for synergies that groups of buildings might offer. Energy efficient measures and their implementation at neighbourhood level (i.e. district heating, PV installations, etc) are showing clearly that a building scale approach is not optimal in reaching significant and cost-effective improvements. However at neighbourhood scale,decision making processes and the design of the intervention are more complex. Many EU projects addressed this issue proposing different methodologies, tools and indicators. CESBA MED intends to test 10 of them and to select the most affordable and operational solutions. On the base of the test results' evaluation, a common sustainability assessment framework at urban scale, a set of 8 regional assessment tools (CESBA MED SNTool) and an innovative decision making process will be defined to support the development of energy efficiency plans for public buildings in the context of their surrounding neighbourhoods. CESBA SNTool will allow to produce the MED Passport to compare the performances of buildings and neighbourhoods, in line with the EC COM 2014 445. A CESBA MED network of cities will be set up to maximise results'transferability. Training courses and workshops will be organized in the MED area. The project will be part of the European CESBA initiative.

Project Partners

Lead Partner: City of Torino, francesca.bena@collaboratori.comune.torino.it, francesca.roagna@comune.torino.it

iiSBE ItaliaR&D srl, andrea.moro@iisbeitalia.org

Municipality of Udine, agnese.presotto@comune.udine.it

EnvirobatBDM, fcorset@envirobatbdm.eu

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Énergie Environnement, patrick.biard@auvergnerhonealpes-ee.fr

Government of Catalonia, wxmarti@gencat.cat

Municipality Sant Cugat del Vallès, Gerardriba@santcugat.cat

University of Malta, ruben.p.borg@um.edu.mt


Association of Common European Sustainable Built Environment Assessment(CESBA), office@cesba.eu

Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar, mzidar@eihp.hr

Urban Community of Marseille Metropolitan Province, audrey.benedetti@ampmetropole.fr


WP 0 Preparation costs

WP 1 Project management

Activity 1.1 Financial and administrative management

Activity 1.2 Common management and communication framework

Activity 1.3 Evaluative monitoring

WP 2 Project communication

Activity 2.1 Setting up common methodologies for actions

Activity 2.2 CESBA network

Activity 2.3 Outreach

Activity 2.4 Events

Activity 2.5 Horizontal projects coordination

Activity 2.6 Contribution to Programme communication

Activity 2.7 Presentation of results

Activity 2.8 WP Coordination

WP 3 Testing

Activity 3.1 Analysis of transnational methods and KPIs for the assessment of urban areas

Activity 3.2 CESBA MED Local Committees

Activity 3.3 Test of transnational assessment methods and indicators

Activity 3.4 Evaluation of test results

WP 4 Transferring

Activity 4.1 CESBA SN Toolkit

Activity 4.2 CESBA MED Training System

Activity 4.3 CESBA MED Sprint Workshop

Activity 4.4 CESBA MED Regional Seminars

Activity 4.5 WP Coordination

WP 4 Capitalising

Activity 5.1 CESBA MED Wiki

Activity 5.2 CESBA Training in MED

Activity 5.3 CESBA MED System

Activity 5.4 CESBA MED Cities Network

Activity 5.5 Sustainable MED Neigbourhoods Award

Activity 5.6 WP Coordination

Pilot Regions


Project Results

1 CESBA SNTools : Based on the evaluation of the test results of several EU projects' outcomes, a general framework and 8 contextualized assessment tools (CESBA SNTools) will be developed togheter with an application methodology. The tools are intended to support decision makers and the managers of publi building stocks in the implementatiton of more efficient energy retrofitting plans combining the building and the urban scale. It means the possibility to identify the most convinient retrofit strategy considering the building in relation with its urban area and verifing the possibility to activte synergies between groups of buildings.

2 CESBA MED Passport : A set of common criteria, indicators andmetrics to allow the comparison of the performance reached by public buildings and urban areas in the different MED regions and a common way to display the results will be developed. These elements will form the CESBA MED Passport.

3 CESBA MED Training System : A training system for transferring the CESBA MED tools and methodology to the main target groups will be developed, tested and validated. The Training systems is basically targeted to tools users (technical profile) and decision makers (political, management profile). The system will include programs, training materials and an e-learning platform.

4 CESBA MED Network : To maximize the capitalization of the project's outomes, their transferability and durability a CESBA MED System will be implemented primarly based on the formal activation of a CESBA MED Cities Network. The network will be funded on a CESBA MED policy paper and CESBA MED Guide. The CESBA MED system will allow to increase the number of building stocks owners/managers adopting the CESBA MED tools and methodology.

Project Social Media

CESBA MED website

CESBA MED facebook

CESBA MED twitter

Project Communication






Project Event Reports

The Green Building and Sustainable Development Conference, 24.October 2018, PP EHIP



Project Newsletters

Newsletter 1/2017

Newsletter 2/2017

Newsletter 3/2017

Newsletter 1/2018

Newsletter 2/2018

Newsletter 3/2018

Newsletter 4/2018

Newsletter 5/2018

Newsletter 1/2019

Newsletter 2/2019