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The UPGREAT [Upskilling Professionals for deep energy efficiency REnovations: A Tool for better schools]project, which is coordinated by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, In cooperation with the Hellenic Passive House Institute, the Cyprus Energy Agency, and the German Da-Di-Werk, was designed to improve the skills of construction professionals in relation to radical energy renovations, and in particular the energy upgrades of school buildings. This is sought through the development and implementation of a Learning Toolkit aimed at industry professionals and helping to minimize the gap between the design phase and the implementation of energy upgrades.

The project will last 27 months (October 2021 - December 2023), and is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI), of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action, of the Federal Government of Germany.


With the building sector accounting for more than a third of total greenhouse gas emissions and 40% of global energy consumption, major renovations have become mandatory throughout Europe to achieve as high an energy efficiency as possible. and low carbon emissions by 2050. This applies to both public and private buildings, including school buildings, which are at the forefront of the EU's "Wave of Renovation" due to their special role and of their contribution to the social context.

The renovation of school buildings, however, entails a multi-parameter approach, which results in more complex procedures. Renovating school buildings needs to address a wide range of technical, seasonal, comfort, health, social, and circularity aspects, which requires high levels of experience and training; At the same time, the delayed implementation of EE standards and the lack of consultancy and monitoring of legislation implementation in countries such as Cyprus and Greece, impede this process even more. Therefore, construction sector professionals, building experts and related organizations, are confronted with the urgent need to upskill their workforce.


The toolkit to be applied in school building case studies in the countries of implementation, together with the valuable contribution of the partners from Germany, who have made great progress in school renovation and have already ten years of experience in this sector, is expected to facilitate and upgrade deep renovation practices, providing an added value to building efficiency and circularity processes in municipal/regional level. Through its lifetime, the project will create the necessary conditions for the minimization of the performance gap between design and construction, by avoiding deficiencies caused by shortcomings, which will lead to more deep renovation projects, implemented more efficiently, and contributing to the implementation of the national and the European energy and climate policies.



This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).