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MARIE is an EU project of the MED programme that aims at a higher energy efficiency of existing buildings in the Mediterranean Space.

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Full project title and funding programme

Full title of project: MARIE - MediterrAnean Building Rethinking for Energy Efficiency Improvement

Funding programme: MED programme


Energy efficiency in existing buildings

Schedule and project consortium


01.04.2011 – 31.03.2014

Project consortium

23 Partners from 9 European countries have participated in the MARIE project:


The mission of the MARIE project is to co-construct a strategy for energy efficiency improvement in existing buildings in the Mediterranean region. The underlying idea is to go further towards the jointly-defined objectives but also to defend the specific characteristics of Mediterranean buildings, and to do so in such a way as to be able to compete on an equal footing with Northern European regions.

Problems to be addressed

The European Commission has set ambitious targets regarding the energy performance of buildings. Those targets are defined in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) (Directive 2010/31/EU). For achieving this tools, new regulatory requirements have to be developed and adopted. Further, new institutional goals have to be generated. It is also necessary to find new financial mechanisms that can be used to stimulate the thermal rehabilitation of buildings. Finally, local SMEs need support by providing them appropriate products for energy refurbishments of buildings.


  • To achieve the professional, social and economic conditions for energy efficiency improvement in the existing stock of Mediterranean Buildings.
  • To reach effective political and institutional commitments in the participating regions for the evaluation process and the strategy development in order to coordinate and harmonize the implementation of EU buildings and energy related policy.
  • To build a procedural model to implement the above commitments, creating a direct and lasting territorial impact that can be replicated elsewhere in the Mediterranean region.
  • To support local Mediterranean SME’s involved in the supply of innovative, energy efficient and durable high quality eco-building products and services.
  • To ensure effective external projections of the project even in those Mediterranean countries and regions not involved as partners in MARIE.
  • To improve building actors’ energy related knowledge in all stages of the building life cycle.
  • To promote new investment formulas and fiscal measures that facilitate action by private investors. This should consolidate a sold investment project for energy efficiency in buildings in the Mediterranean area that establishes an attractive financial framework for private investors and owners.

Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs

  • Professional training program on improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings.
  • Promoting the policy dialogue on the energy performance of Mediterranean buildings
  • Business development and networking.
  • Developing a Mediterranean Building Energy Efficiency Strategy (MEDBEES).
  • Innovative measures and tools for increasing energy efficiency in buildings.
  • Measures and tools to support innovative techniques, materials and processes.
  • Local SMEs support measures program for SMEs in the construction sector (SUMP).

Main results

  • Improve building energy efficiency in the Mediterranean area.
  • Exploit the opportunities presented by EU policy and directives.
  • Activation of the market for the energy rehabilitation of buildings.
  • Support for local industries and renewable materials.
  • Promotion of environmentally sustainable equipment.
  • Integration of the supply of services related to the energy sector.
  • Support of Research and Development (R & D) initiatives towards energy efficient buildings and renewable energy use.
  • Sharing of experiences and policies.
  • Allocation of resources via regional investment programmes.
  • Innovative financial and fiscal mechanisms to mobilize resources.

Outputs developed in the project

Since the project MARIE has only ended in March, 2014, most outputs are still awaiting publication and will be available shortly.

Contact and homepage

Governement of Catalonia, Department of Territory and Sustainability, Housing Agency of Catalonia

Barcelona, Spain

Xavier Marti

Tel.: +34 932147195

Project homepage


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