Home Renovation Roadmaps to Address Energy Poverty in Vulnerable Rural Districts

December 2022 - December 2025

RENOVERTY will foster energy efficiency building upgrades in the energy poor households of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) / South-eastern Europe (SEE) and Southern European countries (SE) by establishing the methodological and practical framework to build renovation roadmaps for vulnerable rural districts in a financially viable and socially just manner. Specifically, the project aims to deliver tools and resources to support local and regional actors to build and execute operational single or multi-household roadmaps for rural areas. A scalable model will also be created to ensure the wide geographical replicability and implementation of the roadmaps by different actors at the EU level. Strategically, the project will contribute to minimise logistical, financial, administrative, and legal burdens caused by a complex and multi-stakeholder home renovation process.  

Additionally, RENOVERTY will ensure that building retrofits consider the social dimension by incorporating security, comfort, and improved accessibility in the roadmaps to further improve the quality of life of vulnerable populations. Over the project’s three years, seven pilots located in Sveta Nedelja (Croatia), Tartu (Estonia), Bükk-Mak & Somló-Marcalmente-Bakonyalja Leader (Hungary), Zasavje (Slovenia), Parma (Italy), Coimbra (Portugal), and Osona (Spain) will implement the roadmaps, while wider integration of rural and peri-urban development is foreseen in the long run. 

The project objectives include: 

  • Promote the renovation of rural vulnerable districts and set the basis for the increase of energy efficiency in 17 vulnerable rural areas in 7 regions by providing individual household Renovation Energy Efficiency Roadmaps (REERs) according to the characteristics of the household and regions with the collaboration of at least 20 local actors. There will be support from 12 Local Action Groups (LAGs), one in each region for the building and implementation of these roadmaps. 
  • Provide a comprehensive model and guidelines for single REERs according to the different geographical and social contexts. The model will provide support to scale the projects results and guide other public actors to renovate rural vulnerable districts after the project ends. 
  • Empower all (non) public actors in rural areas in becoming involved in the process of renovating vulnerable districts/buildings by identifying barriers and co-designing activities with the collaboration of private and public sectors. RENOVERTY will develop several tools and resources to enable knowledge on applying a successful integration of each phase to build the roadmap. 

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