Project Details

Title: Surpassing Energy Targets through Efficient Public Buildings
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 31st Dec 2014


Total budget: €1,960,985.44
ERDF contribution: €1,526,944.64

Lead partner

Florentine Energy Agency
Viale Belfiore 4
50144, Firenze

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    • Contact Person: Sergio Gatteschi
      Phone: +39 055 219641
      Fax: +39 055 216965

Project summary

Reduction of harmful emissions and efficient use of resources are key to ensuring long term sustainable development. Energy consumption in buildings represents around 40% of total final energy use in Europe. In this context, public authorities have a key role in leading by example, as the impact of energy use in publicly owned and managed buildings is huge.

Thus, SERPENTE brings together 10 partners from 10 countries with the overall objective to improve energy efficiency in different typologies of publicly owned or managed buildings through improved public policies. The focus is on existing buildings and work addresses public policy making from the top down (policy makers) and the bottom up (citizen involvement).

Specific sub objectives are:

• to promote theoretical understanding and practical application of energy efficiency initiatives;

• to provide information to and raise awareness among policy makers and citizens;

• to promote responsible energy consumption among public building


• to foster proactive involvement of local stakeholders in public policy;

• to enhance energy performance of publicly owned/managed buildings through the development of a manual which includes practical advices for policy makers and citizens

SERPENTE is divided into 4 components, whose coordinators work together to ensure synergy between activities: C1, dedicated to project managements and C2, dedicated to communication activities guarantee a solid project structure and support the development of technical activities foreseen in C3, related to the exchange of good practices and C4, focused on pilot initiatives.

Exchange is carried out at project level, analysing characteristics common to all buildings and in 5 sub-groups on specific building typologies: historical buildings, social housing, sports facilities, schools and offices.

Partners identify and analyse good practices related to energy efficiency in public buildings, before a number of them undertake small scale

testing, by selecting aspects of good practices and applying them in an integrated manner to at least 1 publicly owned/managed building of a specific typology. The results are used to provide input to Implementation Plans, detailing the mainstreaming of lessons learned.

Partners are supported by end users, policy makers and relevant stakeholders, involved in project activities through regional focus groups to guarantee that territorial needs are addressed, and ensure impact on regional policies and strategies. Policy makers are brought together at interregional level for proactive debate on the theme of energy efficiency in public buildings.

Through intense dissemination of project results SERPENTE has a direct impact on 10 public policies focused on energy efficiency and increases awareness and capacity among relative policy makers and end users. SERPENTE also spreads results outside the consortium. In this way, SERPENTE contributes to improved environmental conditions across the EU.

Project achievements

The Serpente project tackles the theme of energy efficiency in publicly owned or managed buildings. SERPENTE kicked off in April 2012 in Brussels. At project outset partners identified the main focus of their analysis to be chosen between: historical buildings, social housing, sports facilities, offices and schools. Partners undertook an analysis of their territories to identify strengths and weaknesses and drafted their context analysis.

Each partner focused on listing and studying relevant good practices related to existing buildings, belonging to their subgroups and to energy efficiency policy. 5 pilot partners have undertaken activities for the development of specific pilot actions.

During the 2nd meeting - Malmö, partners visited Sofielundsskolan, a thought-provoking example of how to carry out coordinated investment in overall building performance, to improve energy efficiency and functionality. The renovation was linked to educational initiatives, which explain the importance


of energy efficiency to the next generation and make them accustomed to energy efficiency systems as part of their everyday life. Moreover, given that Malmö is considered the capital of green roofs the visit to Augustenborgs botanical roof garden was useful to understand the utility of these installations.

The 3rd meeting was organised in Barcelona together with a thematic seminar on Funding and policy for energy efficiency. The visit in the Area of Escola Industrial, showed the transformation from an ancient textile factory into new buildings of public use. The second visit was held in La Fàbrica del Sol. This listed building, which contained the offices of the Catalan Gas factory, was fully refurbished, incorporating environmental solutions. The 4th meeting was held in Florence together with a seminar on technologies for energy efficiency and a political session with representatives of the Local Council/Province of Florence, the County of Cork and the Urban Community of Bordeaux.

The study visit to the Meyer Hospital allowed partners to appreciate the importance of linking architectural style to energy efficiency. In Katowice partners visited the Upper Silesian Industrial Park where the only green office building in Poland is located, the General Secondary School Complex in Sosnowiec and the Town Hall. In Cyprus partners visited the Strovolos Muncipal Library, example of renovation in an historical building, the Olympic Swimming Pool of Yeroskipou and the New Town Hall. During the 7th meeting in Cork, partners visited the Tyndall Centre, where the energy manager presented his experience. In Bordeaux 2 visits were organised: Argo, with 518 social housing units renovated and Hotel de la CUB with renovations in the framework of an ambitious climate-energy policy to reducing by half its energy consumptions The project website was made available in September 2012. It contains information related to the GPs and provides links to energy efficiency related events.

A brochure has been developed and disseminated, two project newsletters were published and videos presenting partners’ good practices are available into the website. Furthermore, the final publication, the multilingual summaries of the publication and the project film are available online. Partners involved relevant stakeholders. They organised Regional focus group meetings to share the results of the context analysis, to understand their needs using a bottom up approach with the idea of matching local problems with solutions available in the SERPENTE partnership. Partners involved representatives of Local Councils, Enterprises, Associations, Public Administration and are satisfied with the level of interest raised on the theme.

More than 100 people took part in the final event of the SERPENTE project organised in Florence on the 21st of November. Local and European politicians were involved together with technical experts focusing on energy efficiency in public buildings.



Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Florentine Energy Agency, Firenze ITALY Toscana +39 055 219641
City of Malmö, Malmö SWEDEN Sydsverige +4640341000
Local Energy Agency of the metropolitan district of Bordeaux and the Gironde Department, Bordeaux FRANCE Aquitaine +33 5 56 00 53 38
CYPRUS ENERGY AGENCY, Lefkosia CYPRUS Kypros / Kibris 35722667726
Urban Centre - Brussels Energy Agency, Bruxelles BELGIUM Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest 3222274261
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Bratislava 1 SLOVAKIA Bratislavsky kraj 421907881048
Barcelona Provincial Council, Barcelona SPAIN Cataluña 34934022222
Energy Agency of Vysocina, Jihlava CZECH REPUBLIC Jihovychod +420 567 303 322
Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia, Katowice POLAND Slaskie +48 32 253 04 25
Cork County Council, Mallow, Co. Cork IRELAND Southern and Eastern 3532243610


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