Access to low-cost, long-term financing for deep renovations across Europe

Renovate Europe, along with other partners, is organising a hybrid high-level event “Engaging Retail Lenders in Home Renovations”, taking place on Tuesday, 23rd of April (link to register).

This event will be an opportunity to hear from banks and financial institutions what they are doing to finance energy renovation, engage with their representatives during the event, and help us show the sector’s support. You will notably meet representatives of financial institutions and organisations such as ING, BNP Paribas, the European Banking Authority, Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA), and Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF).

This timely event will be an important moment to discuss how to raise the trillions of euros needed to finance the millions of renovations of buildings in the EU. Speakers and the audience will explore the synergies with the new European Energy Efficiency Financing Coalition, that is meeting the day before, and dive deeper into the instruments and financial frameworks that will unlock private financing for buildings renovation.

This event will also provide an overview of the current state of EU buildings’ renovation efforts and present the findings of the CS report Engaging Retail Lenders in Home Renovation. This report is calling for EU mortgage lenders to play a more proactive role in unlocking the trillions of home equity stored in the buildings owned by their clients through the voluntary uptake of the innovative instrument mortgage portfolio standards included in the EPBD. There is growing momentum for this instrument as over a third of the top-30 banks in Europe already have in place a form of voluntary mortgage portfolio standard.

B4PIC Network is growing: Congratulations to the 16 Prospective B4PICs!

The B4PIC network is composed of the Built4People Innovation Clusters (B4PICs) that have formally engaged in the Built4People maturing process, with the aim of assuring the exchange of good practices and fostering collaboration among B4PICs.

Following the call for expressions of interest to become a B4PIC, launched by the NEBULA project in autumn 2023, we received a flood of responses, and we were able to identify 16 Innovation Clusters who will go to the next phase.

Congratulations to all of them!

Each selected Cluster will be assigned an Accompanying partner from the Nebula consortium. Accompanying partners will play a vital role in helping these clusters to set up a roadmap with the aim to sign the B4PIC Charter.

Location of the 16 Prospective Built4People Innovation Clusters and of the two B4PIC

Two clusters have already signed the B4P Charter and have accepted on the basis of a commitment to progress towards required maturity.

From the 54 applications to the Expression of Interest received, 16 new Prospective B4PICs across Europe are now in the process of joining the network by signing the charter before March 2025.

Stay tuned for more information on this growing network, supporting innovation in the built environment! 

Registration open for the second webinar ‘New Bauhaus Stories’: meet NEB prize awardees!

The second webinar of the NEW BAUHAUS STORIES series  is a satellite event to the NEB Festival, and aims to review and discuss some specific projects with their authors who were awarded a NEB prize.

  • Xifré’s Rooftop: “Floating” Wild Garden

Award category (2021): Buildings renovated in a spirit of circularity

A heritage building rooftop in Barcelona was renovated with a dual purpose: architecture and ecology. Covering an early 19th-century block of ten buildings, this contemporary roof garden creates a “floating” wild space that enhances urban biodiversity and opportunities for social interaction between neighbours.

Speaker: Sergio Carratalá,, CEO and founder, MataAlta Design Studio


  • ERDEN PURE Walls

Award category (2021): Techniques, materials and processes for construction and design

The project from Austria uses prefabricated unstabilised rammed earth as a building material that is 100% natural and recyclable. The material is unstabilised because no cement is added to the mixture: this enables the walls, besides their natural, earthy look, to passively regulate indoor temperature and humidity. The raw material is excavated as waste product from local construction sites. ERDEN engages with local craftsmen, carpenters or ceramicists to co-design each solution.

Speaker: Martin Rauch, Founder and Managing Director, Lehm Ton Erde Baukunst GmbH


  • De Korenbloem housing project with ‘invisible care’

Award category (2022): Prioritising the places and people that need it the most

De Korenbloem is a housing project for vulnerable residents in Belgium. This “care campus” is designed for people with dementia, stroke-related disabilities, and somatic symptom disorder. It combines residential buildings with a network of facilities, such as day-care and a neighbourhood services centre. The project aims to advance adapted, multifunctional and socially integrated care systems that reduce isolation.

Speaker: Kristof Claeys, Managing director, De Korenbloem

Date: 16 April 2024.

Registration link here

This webinar is hosted by the BUILD UP platform


Nebula project launches New European Bauhaus webinar series

The Nebula project is launching a series of webinars, entitled ‘New Bauhaus Stories’.

The first episode of the series, held on 14 March 2024 at 10:30 AM CET, will focus on Co-creation in urban regeneration – Insights from New European Bauhaus (NEB) and Cities Mission projects.

The session, co-organised with the CRAFT project, aims to discuss how two ongoing urban regeneration schemes are being co-designed with citizens and various stakeholders from the construction value chain.

Two demonstration sites will present their respective approaches:

  • Pedersgata, Stavanger, Norway [NEB-STAR project]

The Pedersgata area is a mature urban neighbourhood in the city centre of Stavanger, featuring a mix of traditional wooden houses, high-rise buildings, restaurants and shops. The district has the highest poverty rate in the city, but also strong local involvement and an artistic and creative scene.

As a first phase, the NEB-STAR project is testing a series of co-design tools to involve local residents and professionals. In particular, we will present how the architectural office works together with the local chamber of commerce, property owners, social and youth entrepreneurship to regenerate the area with place-based and community-based interventions.

Speakers: Helen and Hard Architecture Office, participants in the NEB-STAR Pedersgata and Site4016 Testbeds


  • Quay district in Bruges, Belgium [Re-value project]

The City of Bruges will present the Quay District (Kaaidistrict) as a structuring element in its climate-neutrality strategy. The Quay District is an urban port area that connects the city centre with the harbour, with a coherent and ambitious vision of the future. In Re-Value, Bruges works together with the harbour authorities, digital twin and climate strategy experts, local cultural organisations, schools and youth, local maker spaces and food producers, to interweave the different functions, driven by spatial efficiency, economic profitability, as drivers for actionable, sustainable lifestyles.

Speakers: from the City of Bruges

Click here to register for the webinar.

For information on the next episodes, visit this page.

NEBULA is gathering B4P projects at the New European Bauhaus Festival

The New European Bauhaus Festival will kick start on 9th April in Brussels, with an inspiring programme of events.

The NEBULA partners will hold a booth at the NEB Fair with several other projects funded by the European Commission and Built4People Partnership .

Let’s me you there!

Tideline: propose your collaborative solutions for the challenges met by costal cities!

The Waves of change coalition and BPI France (the national one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs) are organising the new edition of the the Tideline Startup Challenge, where Collaboration is Key (3-4 June 2024, in Biarritz, France).

This Challenge is designed to bring Startups together with Cities and address Critical Coastal Cities Challenges.
Start-ups can present their solutions answering to Sea Level Rise, Global Warming, Air Pollution, Water Quality, Tourism Impact, Energy Management, Sustainable Mobility, Port and Shipping Transition, Fishing, Biodiversity, Waste Management, Urban Planning, Public Health, and more.

The event is designed to allow all participants to create new partnerships and access to investors and cities and benefit from funding and commercial opportunities.


Visit their webpage to learn and apply to the challenge (deadline set in January 2024): 

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