Buildings account for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union. To tackle these issues the EU has introduced tough targets for reducing carbon emissions and making buildings near self-sufficient in energy. Achieving the EU’s near-zero energy targets for 2019 and 2021 will require major additional investment in both private and public sector buildings.

The Intelligent Energy Programme (IEE)

The IEE aims to deliver the following shifts in order to create tangible changes on the ground, as part of the EU policy on energy efficiency and renewables:

  • Creating favourable market conditions
  • Shaping policy development and implementation
  • Preparing the ground for investments
  • Building capacity and skills
  • Informing stakeholders and fostering commitment

Other relevant IEE projects and initiatives:

  • NZB 2021 – visits to residential NZEBs
  • LER MUH – step-by-step renovation through EPCs
  • ENTRANZE – support to cost-optimum methodology and initiate the debate on NZEBs at EU level
  • POWERHOUSE NZC – long term NZEB renovation strategy for social housing
  • COHERENO – involvement of supply chain in NZEB. Development of one-stop-solutions
  • SUSTAINCO and mountEE – development of NZEBs in rural and mountain areas
  • PassREG – development of local/regional planning legislation
  • MATRID – How to implement Integrated Energy Design on actual building process
  • AIDA – Technical support to municipalities, promotion of Integrated Energy Design
  • NEZEH – Technical support to hotel renovation towards NZEB
  • ZEMEDS – develop procurement procedure for renovation of NZEB schools

New IEE projects call 2013

  • Request2Action
  • ZEBRA 2020
  • NeZeR
  • SouthZEB
  • QualiChEck
  • Total concept
  • Renovalue
  • RePublic_ZEB
  • CERtuS



Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

In the field of energy, the Horizon 2020 Energy Challenge is designed to support the transition to a secure, clean and efficient energy system for Europe and the first Work Programme for 'Secure, clean and efficient energy' is split into three focus areas: Energy-efficiency; Low carbon technologies; and Smart Cities & Communities.

The total budget for the Energy Efficiency call amounts to approximately €100 million for 2014 and a further €100 million for 2015. Horizon 2020 provides the framework for R&D conducted within FP7 to be tested and applied in the market, as part of the Intelligent Energy Europe initiative.

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has been set-up by the European Commission to manage several EU programmes on its behalf. It was set up in January 2014 to replace the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI). RePublic ZEB will be managed by EASME within the Horizon2020 - Energy.

See timeline of associated programmes