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The Nearly Zero-Energy Building Strategy 2020 project is funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Union.

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Full project title and funding programme

Full title of project: ZEBRA2020 - The Nearly ZEro-Energy Building StRAtegy 2020

Funding programme: Intelligent Energy for Europe


ZEBRA2020 focuses on tracking the market transition to nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEBs) to derive recommendations and strategies for the building industry and policy makers and to accelerate the market uptake of nZEBs

Schedule and project consortium


April 2014 – September 2016

Project consortium

The project gathers eight partners from academia, research and private consultancy; 17 European Member States are covered by ZEBRA2020 (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom).


ZEBRA2020 will monitor the market uptake of nZEBs across Europe (creating an observatory) and thereby generate data and evidence for policy evaluation and optimisation (providing a strategy to boost the market uptake of nZEBs). The project results will be highly relevant not only to policy makers at EU and Member State levels, but also to a broader range of market actors within the construction value chain. ZEBRA2020 aims to deliver recommendations and strategies that accelerate the market uptake of nZEBs while having a deep understanding of local contexts. A cross-border cooperation allows to: • Learn from best-practice front-runners, for both new buildings and renovations; • Support transnational exchange of experience made on nZEBs so far; • Encourage international exchange among the involved target groups and key actors; • Creates opportunities for dialogue between national stakeholders and the establishment of strong exchange programmes; • Translate the diversity characterizing each Member State into replicable knowledge. ZEBRA2020 covers 88.6 % of the European building stock and 89.1% of the European population.

Problems to be addressed

There is a need for a well-based, comprehensive database of current market activities and an assessment of the gap between real market activities on one hand and the targets on the other hand.


  • Monitor the nZEB market activities in target countries and across the EU;
  • Provide a user-friendly and easy-to-communicate presentation of the nZEB market, tracking data and indicators;
  • Involve and assist policy-makers to develop an nZEB strategy and recommendations to accelerate the market transition by 2020 and beyond;
  • Prepare the follow up of the nZEB market tracking beyond the project duration;
  • Ensure an effective and comprehensive communication with policy-makers and other stakeholders.

Actions on low-carbon economy, energy efficiency and nZEBs

The activities undertaken in ZEBRA2020 have the potential to significantly improve the database and information level of nZEB activities in Europe. This can provide the ground for much deeper nZEB strategies and policy packages implemented at European, national and regional levels. The continuation of nZEB market-tracking activities beyond the project duration will already be initiated during the project. This will be strongly supported by the flexible and open design of the Web tool ready to be enhanced by other countries and updated market data as well as the in depth integration of stakeholders and policy-makers in the discussion about potential future continuation of these nZEB tracking activities.

Main results

  • Scenarios for a market transition to nZEBs and a nZEB strategy up to 2020 and beyond;
  • Data allowing tracking the transition to nZEBs for selected Member States;
  • Cross-country comparison of barriers, drivers and best practices, especially for the economic aspects;
  • Recommendations to accelerate the nZEB market transition;
  • A nZEB market-tracker including a detailed nZEB database.

The results of ZEBRA2020 will reinforce the investors’ confidence in the market transition and in the long-term perspective of nZEB targets. Reliable data and market information will strongly improve the credibility of long term nZEB targets, the pathways to these targets and required change in the construction and refurbishment activities.

Outputs developed by the project


Project strengths and weaknesses

Project strengths

High interest among relevant stakeholders for expected results.

Project weaknesses

Difficulty in some cases to fill in data gaps.

Contact and homepage

Vienna University of Technology (Technische Universitaet Wien)

Vienna, Austria

Raphael Bointner


Tel.: +43-1-58801370352

Project homepage