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MESTRI-CE

Project overview

Smart Management and Green Financing for Sustainable and Climate Neutral Buildings in Central Europe

A climate-neutral central Europe requires a drastically reduced energy consumption of buildings. However, renovation is often costly and complex. The MESTRI-CE project introduces a new investment model to finance more climate-friendly buildings that guarantee sustainability. The model covers both the supply and demand side of the renovation market and builds on data collected and tools and green standards developed by the project.

2,49m €

Project Budget

80%

of the Budget is funded by ERDF

Layer 1

6

Countries

7

Regions

10

Partners

4

Pilots

Duration

Start date

End date

Project progress

38%

Project partnership

Project partners

Hrvatska (HR)

Lead partner

North-West Croatia Regional Energy and Climate Agency

Address
Andrije Žaje 10
10000 Zagreb
Country
Croatia (HR)
Web
regea.org

Project partner

Address
Walcherstrasse 11/43
1020 Vienna
Country
Austria (AT)
Web
http://www.e-sieben.at
Total partner budget
392,000 €
Research&Development
Address
VIA VOLTA 13/A
39100 BOLZANO
Country
Italy (IT)
Web
www.agenziacasaclima.it
Total partner budget
270,200 €
Address
Fuerther Str. 244a
90429 Nürnberg
Country
Germany (DE)
Web
www.energieagentur-nordbayern.de
Total partner budget
238,000 €
Address
Nowogrodzka 31/330
00-511 Warsaw
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
https://www.mae.com.pl/
Total partner budget
238,000 €
Energy Efficiency Centre
Address
Brinje 40
1262 Ljubljana
Country
Slovenia (SI)
Web
www.ijs.si
Total partner budget
214,200 €
Address
Próżna 9
00-107 Warsaw
Country
Poland (PL)
Web
https://www.ipopemasecurities.pl/financial-advisory
Total partner budget
193,200 €
Address
Bukovačka 110
10000 Zagreb
Country
Croatia (HR)
Web
https://www.zez.coop
Total partner budget
161,000 €
Address
Ivana Lučića 2a
10000 Zagreb
Country
Croatia (HR)
Web
https://www.zse.hr
Total partner budget
143,500 €
Address
Nikolaiplatz 4a
8054 Graz
Country
Austria (AT)
Web
https://www.ea-stmk.at/
Total partner budget
275,100 €

Roadmap

1

Challenge

Technical, policy and financing barriers that tackle the slow transition of inefficient public and private buildings towards their climate neutrality.

2

Starting idea

Targeting both market demand and supply by bringing policymakers, project developers, financial institutions and investors at the same table to find common solutions for tackling slow rates of building renovation in all central European countries.

3

Main goal

Harmonisation and enhancement of sustainable building and green finance standards to increase the flow of energy efficiency investments in Central Europe.

4

Proposed solutions

Provide building owners with holistic digital solutions for sustainable management, building methods, and innovative financing models and methodology for (re)construction of buildings in order to reach their long-term goals of climate neutrality.

5

Transnational cooperation

The collaboration will enable project partners to combine complementary strengths, get the necessary research capacity and reach the wider public through high-visibility events. Associated partners who present key stakeholders will benefit from the project by learning from top experts in the sustainability of buildings.

News

Transforming Data Management: The Big Hackathon for Smart Data Hub

P2 Green

NEWS

15.03.2024

Transforming Data Management: The Big Hackathon for Smart Data Hub

Imagine a big meeting where people from all over the world come together to make handling data smarter. That's what happened at a recent hackathon in Nürnberg.

Empowering Sustainable Finance & Building Renovation at the National Roundtable Croatia

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NEWS

28.02.2024

Empowering Sustainable Finance & Building Renovation at the National Roundtable Croatia

The Feb 28, 2024, national roundtable at Zagreb Stock Exchange brought together diverse stakeholders to enhance energy efficiency in buildings. Discussions tackled sustainable financing, challenges in renovations, and the need for data transparency and holistic solutions. Plans for future collaboration underscored the event's significance in achieving climate goals.

Smart Data Hub in the focus of the second project meeting

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NEWS

20.09.2023

Smart Data Hub in the focus of the second project meeting

MESTRI-CE Smart Data Hub will be based on a co-creative approach from all partners and potential users to address functionalities and technical requirements for such a complex platform.

Kick-off of MESTRI-CE project

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NEWS

10.05.2023

Kick-off of MESTRI-CE project

May 2023 was reserved for the first in-person meeting within MESTRI-CE project and an initial discussion on the project development and activities that need to be implemented within the project period.

Events

Launch Conference Germany

P2 Green

EVENT

Germany

In Person

08.03.2024

Launch Conference Germany

First, the work packages and goals of MESTRI-CE were presented in order to explain the three work packages and the rough project direction. In the input presentation by Richard Weller, several key questions of the MESTRI project were mentioned. He did for example explain the problem, that some sustainable best ...

Launch Conference Austria

P2 Green

EVENT

Austria

Hybrid

01.02.2024

Launch Conference Austria

On February 1st, the hybrid event "Strategic renovation roadmaps for public building portfolios" took place at Lendhafen in Graz (held in german). The event was intended to provide a platform for exchange on the operation, maintenance and financing of sustainable and climate-neutral buildings, with a focus on refurbishment roadmaps ...

Launch Conference Poland

P2 Green

EVENT

Poland

In Person

14 - 15.11.2023

Launch Conference Poland

For two days, the 13th edition of the Mazovia Development Forum took place at the Legia Warszawa Conference Center .The organizer of this cyclical event is the Masovian Unit for the Implementation of EU Programs, and the honorary patronage over the event is provided by: the European Commission in ...

Launch Conference Italy

P2 Green

EVENT

Italy

In Person

26.10.2023

Launch Conference Italy

The MESTRI-CE Launch Conference in Italy took place on 26 October in the city of Bolzano and was organised at the NOI Techpark, home to various public and private research institutes and numerous start-up companies. The event was used to present the main objectives and activities of the MESTRI-CE ...

Launch Conference Croatia

P2 Green

EVENT

Croatia

In Person

18 - 28.09.2023

Launch Conference Croatia

The launch conference in Croatia was held in two parts. The first part took place in the City of Zagreb on 18 September 2023 and was organised primarily for financial experts and project developers since building specialists were engaged through a separate Launch event, Arhibau conference, on 27 September ...

Pilot actions

Outputs

Analysis of current systems for management of building

This report seeks to provide an assessment of current systems for building management that are available in MESTRI partner countries. To that end this report uses data from Italy, Germany, Poland, Croatia, and Austria to compare systems and to recognise regional differences and specificities, thereby laying the groundwork to evaluate a variety of tools against the needs and the equirements that form the basis of the Smart Data Hub.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Analysis of current renovation strategies and legislative/strategic multi-level planning frameworks

This report seeks to provide a deep assessment of the current legislative and policy framework in Central Europe as it relates to the energy transition and sustainability in the building sector, alongside its correlation with European frameworks. To achieve this, regional partners from the MESTRI project in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, and Poland provided information on their respective energy legislation and policies in the buildings sector from which comparisons and analysis have been drawn so as to inform compatibility with the MESTRI System.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Criteria for creation of MESTRI-CE Sustainable Building Methodology

The central Europe region faces a very uneven energy transition due to unbalanced economic development, distribution of technology and finance flows. Buildings, both public and private, account for 43% of the final energy consumption in EU and have been singled out in the European Green Deal as key drivers of energy transition. Nevertheless, CE countries are confronted with low building renovation rates, lack of internal capacities of the building stock managers, difficulties in gathering data on the building performance. Policies towards climate neutrality are already in place in several CE countries, but national/regional building schemes and regulations are not always efficiently translated into concrete projects. The ambitious EU energy and climate targets require therefore appropriate and effective methodologies to support the building sector towards climate neutrality and increased sustainability.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Assessment of integration of Level(s) indicators to analysed building frameworks

The central Europe region faces a very uneven energy transition due to unbalanced economic development, distribution of technology and finance flows. Buildings, both public and private, account for 43% of the final energy consumption in EU and have been singled out in the European Green Deal as key drivers of energy transition. Nevertheless, CE countries are confronted with low building renovation rates, lack of internal capacities of the building stock managers, difficulties in gathering data on the building performance. Policies towards climate neutrality are already in place in several CE countries, but national/regional building schemes and regulations are not always efficiently translated into concrete projects. The ambitious EU energy and climate targets require therefore appropriate and effective methodologies to support the building sector towards climate neutrality.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Comparative analysis of current building standards and framework for energy efficiency (EE) and sustainability in Central Europe (CE)

One of the main objectives of the MESTRI-CE project is the definition of a working methodology that will enable, also by developing specific supporting tools, the dissemination and successful application of the new European framework on energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings in the partner countries. The MESTRI-CE Sustainable Building Methodology will enhance the design of new buildings and the renovation of existing ones based on sustainability and climate-neutrality criteria aligned at CE level. Transposition of the EU climate and sustainability framework and upgrade of the actual national and regional building standards and of the methodologies applied to assess and report on the energy and sustainability performance of buildings are the focus of WP2 activities.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Report on current building standards and framework for energy efficiency and sustainability in CE

One of the main objectives of the MESTRI-CE project is the definition of a working methodology that will enable, also by developing specific supporting tools, the dissemination and successful application of the new European framework on energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings in the partner countries. The MESTRI-CE Sustainable Building Methodology will enhance the design of new buildings and the renovation of existing ones based on sustainability and climate-neutrality criteria harmonised at CE level. Harmonisation and upgrade of the actual building standards and of the methodologies applied to assess and report on the energy and sustainability performance of buildings are the focus of WP2 activities.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Baseline on financing models and instruments, potentials, and policy frameworks in partner countries - Croatia

In Croatia, as in other Central European countries, the energy transition faces hurdles stemming from unequal economic growth, technology distribution, and financial resources. This report analyses the financing models and instruments available and developing in Croatia, existing potentials and also the policy frameworks to build a baseline for further development.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Baseline on financing models and instruments, potentials, and policy frameworks in partner countries - Austria

In Austria, as in other Central European countries, the energy transition faces hurdles stemming from unequal economic growth, technology distribution, and financial resources. This report analyses the financing models and instruments available and developing in Austria, existing potentials and also the policy frameworks to build a baseline for further development.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Baseline on financing models and instruments, potentials, and policy frameworks in partner countries - Italy

In Italy, as in other Central European countries, the energy transition faces hurdles stemming from unequal economic growth, technology distribution, and financial resources. This report analyses the financing models and instruments available and developing in Italy, existing potentials and also the policy frameworks to build a baseline for further development.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Baseline on financing models and instruments, potentials, and policy frameworks in partner countries - Germany

In Germany, as in other Central European countries, the energy transition faces hurdles stemming from unequal economic growth, technology distribution, and financial resources. This report analyses the financing models and instruments available and developing in Germany, existing potentials and also the policy frameworks to build a baseline for further development.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Baseline on financing models and instruments, potentials, and policy frameworks in partner countries - Poland

In Poland, as in other Central European countries, the energy transition faces hurdles stemming from unequal economic growth, technology distribution, and financial resources. This report analyses the financing models and instruments available and developing in Poland, existing potentials and also the policy frameworks to build a baseline for further development.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Baseline on financing models and instruments, potentials, and policy frameworks in partner countries - Slowenia

In Slowenia, as in other Central European countries, the energy transition faces hurdles stemming from unequal economic growth, technology distribution, and financial resources. This report analyses the financing models and instruments available and developing in Slowenia, existing potentials and also the policy frameworks to build a baseline for further development.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Individual gap analyses for innovative energy financing models, standards and investment procedures - Croatia

The purpose of this document is to determine the market maturity of Croatia by assessing the financing needs of local energy project developers, availability of green investments evaluation criteria with performance tracking methodology for investors and the existence of citizen financing models. The analysis focuses on current market gaps and solutions for deep renovation of buildings (public and private), including access to finance, risk perception, viability and policy framework gaps.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Individual gap analyses for innovative energy financing models, standards and investment procedures - Austria

The purpose of this document is to determine the market maturity of Austria by assessing the financing needs of local energy project developers, availability of green investments evaluation criteria with performance tracking methodology for investors and the existence of citizen financing models. The analysis focuses on current market gaps and solutions for deep renovation of buildings (public and private), including access to finance, risk perception, viability and policy framework gaps.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Individual gap analyses for innovative energy financing models, standards and investment procedures - Italy

The purpose of this document is to determine the market maturity of Italy by assessing the financing needs of local energy project developers, availability of green investments evaluation criteria with performance tracking methodology for investors and the existence of citizen financing models. The analysis focuses on current market gaps and solutions for deep renovation of buildings (public and private), including access to finance, risk perception, viability and policy framework gaps.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Individual gap analyses for innovative energy financing models, standards and investment procedures - Germany

The purpose of this document is to determine the market maturity of Germany by assessing the financing needs of local energy project developers, availability of green investments evaluation criteria with performance tracking methodology for investors and the existence of citizen financing models. The analysis focuses on current market gaps and solutions for deep renovation of buildings (public and private), including access to finance, risk perception, viability and policy framework gaps.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Individual gap analyses for innovative energy financing models, standards and investment procedures - Poland

The purpose of this document is to determine the market maturity of Poland by assessing the financing needs of local energy project developers, availability of green investments evaluation criteria with performance tracking methodology for investors and the existence of citizen financing models. The analysis focuses on current market gaps and solutions for deep renovation of buildings (public and private), including access to finance, risk perception, viability and policy framework gaps.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

Individual gap analyses for innovative energy financing models, standards and investment procedures - Slowenia

The purpose of this document is to determine the market maturity of Slowenia by assessing the financing needs of local energy project developers, availability of green investments evaluation criteria with performance tracking methodology for investors and the existence of citizen financing models. The analysis focuses on current market gaps and solutions for deep renovation of buildings (public and private), including access to finance, risk perception, viability and policy framework gaps.
Type of output: Strategies and action plans

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Project Manager

Tijana Šimek
Phone: +385913885308

Finance Manager

Mihaela Babić
Phone: +385913885331

Communication Manager

David Frick
Phone: +4331626970016