Projects involving ECTP


Ongoing projects


IWG5-CSA is a 3-year project starting in September 2022.
The project consortium will play close attention to the revision of National Energy and Climate Plans in 2023 (a joint activity with ETIPs) and, depending on the final legislated EPBD, National Building Renovation Plans in 2024.
IWG5’s brief is to deliver the Implementation Plan on energy-efficient solutions for buildings, requiring Member States to put in place measures favouring both innovation in building design and energy technologies for buildings, and the uptake of these technologies by builders.


The main objectives of this 5-year H2020 project (running from January 2021 to January 2026) are to unlock the innovation potential, improve competitiveness and boost market impact of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the European construction sector. 
METABUILDING LABS will create an EU Construction Open Innovation Testbed (OITB) that brings together a wide network of Testing facilities & Innovative services to propel novel building envelope technologies forward. The METABUILDING Platform will serves as a Single-Entry Point, giving access to a powerful innovation ecosystem, including more than 100 testing facilities across 12 European countries.


This Built4People (B4P) Partnership project will run from October 2022 to March 2025.
Building upon B4P Partnership and the New European Bauhaus initiative, NEBULA will activate and nurture a network of B4P Innovation Clusters by implementing: (1) improved visibility, adoption and uptake of innovative solutions thanks to increased awareness on benefits from innovation and better access to co-financing; (2) intensified, cross-sectorial and interdisciplinary peer-learning from front runners as well as cross-border cooperation and networking; (3) preparation for the long-lasting activities of the network of B4P Innovation Clusters and the integration of the next clusters.


Running from May 2024 to April 2025, STAR-track aims at expanding the Built4People Innovation Cluster (B4PIC) network developed in the project NEBULA, strengthening and supporting B4PICs and their members to deliver sustainable and people-centric innovation and accelerate uptake by regional value and supply chains.
Concrete value propositions will be defined to highlight the impact of B4PIC with respect to improvement of innovation capacities and development of sustainable business opportunities. The impact will be measured to show their significance for the green, digital, and people-centric transition of the Built Environment sector, the up-skilling of innovation actors, and the acceleration of construction and renovation products and solutions towards climate neutrality, in line with the impacts laid out in the Work Programme.

Finished projects


The BIGG project is a an Innovation Action (IA) which run from December 2020 to November 2023.
It aimed at demonstrating the application of big data technologies and data analytic techniques for the complete buildings life-cycle of more than 4000 buildings in 6 large-scale pilot test-beds, achieved by: 1) The Open Source BIGG Data Reference Architecture 4 Buildings for collection/funneling, processing and exchanging data from different sources (smart-meters, sensors, BMS, existing data sets); 2) An interoperable buildings data specification, BIGG Standard Data Model 4 Buildings, based on the combination of elements from existing frameworks and EC directives, such as SAREF, INSPIRE, BIM, EPCHub that will be enhanced to reach full interoperability of building data; 3) An extensible, open, cloud-based BIGG Data Analytics Toolbox of service modules for batch and real-time analytics that supports a wide range of services, new business models and support reliable and effective policy-making. These solutions have been deployed and tested cross pilot and country validation of at least two business scenarios in Spain and Greece.


DigiPLACE is a H2020 Coordination and Support Action which has run from September 2019 to May 2021.
It has created a common ecosystem of innovation, standardization and commerce with the aim to collect the achieved results and to increase the productivity of the construction sector and the quality of its end products (buildings & infrastructures). It has defined a Reference Architecture Framework (RAF) for digital construction platform, resulting in a strategic roadmap for successful implementation of this RAF.
The final results are presented in the online DigiPLACE Booklet, including the DigiPLACE RAF and Strategic roadmap.
The DigiPLACE Community is transferred to the METABUILDING Community (and platform).


Homes4Life is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) aiming at developing a new European certification scheme for age-friendly living environments. It has started in December 2018 and ended in February 2021.
This new certification scheme was based on an inspirational and realistic long-term vision of people’s needs and requirements in a holistic life-course approach and help develop better living environments integrating construction and digital solutions where beneficial.
The project main outputs are:
H4L Certification Scheme / Exploitation and supporting investment strategy
Memorandum of understanding - Commitment to invest in H4L-certified age-friendly homes


METABUILDING is a 3-year Innovation Action, running from June 2020 to May 2023, which gave innovation support to SMEs from 5 industrial sectors: Construction, Additive Manufacturing, ICT, Recycling, and Nature Based Solutions and 6 target countries: Austria, France, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Spain.
The METABUILDING open innovation platform has been developed as a tool to finance innovative projects through cross-sectoral and cross-border collaboration, reaching more than 100 European SMEs that received direct financial and non-financial support, enriching the Construction sector with knowledge and expertise coming from the Additive Manufacturing, Nature-Based Solutions, Digital Industry and the Circularity & Recycling sectors.


SHAPE-EU is a SMP (Single Market Programme) Project starting in March 2022 and running for 2 years.
It has supported social housing providers, public authorities, and SMEs to deliver social and affordable housing district renovations, which include innovative features, such as the use of smart and circular technologies and new approaches created and managed jointly with the local communities.
SHAPE-EU has been the point of reference for a socially-inclusive Renovation Wave and New European Bauhaus.


SmartBuilt4EU is a Coordination and Support Action running from October 2020 to March 2023.
The building sector is one of the key enablers to achieve low carbon economy goals for 2050. To deliver this potential, buildings need to transform from passive isolated elements to smart buildings, able to adapt to occupants needs and act as active nodes well integrated to the energy grids and other infrastructures.
SB4EU will consolidate the Smart Building Innovation Community (SBIC) with, at its core, EU-funded projects, and provide it with a package of supporting activities.


SMARTSPEND is a 3-year EU-funded project which ended on 30 November 2021. It aimed to find new ways to coordinate and increase investments in clean energy Research & Development and has supported the execution of the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) of the European Commission.
SMARTSPEND has organised a conference to help innovators in clean energy access risk finance from public and private sources. Innovators need money and connections to scale up. To prepare the conference, SMARTSPEND has reported the needs and sources, and also reported on the synergies in different technologies’ R&D plans, and on the ways that sectors should organise themselves to access EU funding efficiently.


In order to achieve more sustainable and resilient societies, Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) are an important topic on the EU Research and Innovation policy agenda. The ThinkNature H2020 project has run from December 2016 to November 2019.
The main objective of the ThinkNature project was the development of a platform that supports the understanding and the promotion of NBS.
Access the latest entries and documents in the Knowledge Repository, a Hub for online resources on NBS state-of-the-art practise.