Reducing energy consumption and energy dissolution is becoming increasingly important for the EU and is a strategic priority. Investments in energy efficient technology and renewable energy contribute to achieving the EU’ s energy and climate goals while creating economic growth. Housing and premises account for a large part of energy use. The EU Energy Performance Buildings Directive contains several provisions to improve energy efficiency in both new and existing buildings. It is a requirement that existing buildings undergoing major renovations apply the minimum energy performance requirements. All new buildings must have a near-zero energy consumption by 31 December 2020. There are also requirements for energy certification of buildings or building units, periodic inspections of heating and air conditioning systems in buildings and independent control systems for energy certificates and inspection reports.

The goal of EFFECT4buildings is to increase the number of energy efficiency measures implemented in existing public buildings in the Baltic Sea Region.

EFFECT4buildings objective is to improve the capacity of public building managers in the participating regions (DK, NO, SE, PL,LV, FI, EE) by providing them a comprehensive decision making support toolbox with a set of financial instruments to unlock the investments and lower the risks of implementing energy efficiency measures (retrofitting, upgrading and deep renovation) in buildings owned by public stakeholders.

The project will result in a toolbox with financial methods that can improve profitability, facilitate funding and reduce the risk of energy investment in real estate. Examples of tools are profitability calculations, action packages, contribution optimization, EPC, multifunctional agreements, green leases and economic models for both production and energy use.

The project will make the toolbox available online and train property managers in how to use the tools and increase their ability to convince decision makers to implement and invest in energy efficiency measures.

Implementation period: October 2017 – September 2020


  1. Mapping and validation of technological solutions;
  2. Analysis of present stage for tools and instruments, mapping of stakeholders;
  3. Improvement of financial tools and instruments;
  4. Development of training programme for stakeholders of technological solutions, improved financial instruments and tools.


  1. Compiled report on interviews with target group and associated organisations, including 35 good examples and map of stakeholder interconnections;
  2. The White paper on tecnhological solutions;
  3. The White paper for all seven tools and instruments for building managers– Bundling methods, Energy investment funding, Convincing decision maker, ESCO and Energy performance contracting (EPC), Multi service contracts, Green leasing contracts, Prosumerism;
  4. Training programme of technological solutions, improved financial instruments and tools;
  5. Improvement recommendations for policy level regarding implementation of financial tools and instruments.


1. County administrative board of Dalarna (Sweden)
2. Environmental office of Lappeenranta region (Finland)
3. Hedmark county council (Norway)
4. Vidzeme Planning Region (Latvia)
5. Gate21 (Denmark)
6. Association of Communes and Cities of Małopolska Region (Poland)
7. Foundation Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol (Estonia)
8. State Real Estate Ltd (Estonia)
9. Sustainable Building Cluster in Dalarna (Sweden)
Lead partner: County board of Dalarna, Sweden, Marit Ragnarsson, Phone: 46 703 341 065, E-mail: