EFFESUS is a research project investigating the energy efficiency of European historic urban districts and developing technologies and systems for its improvement. The term “historic urban district” in the context of EFFESUS, is defined as a significant grouping of “old” buildings built before 1945 and representative of the period of their construction or history, not necessarily protected by heritage legislation. EFFESUS is funded by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme.



The EFFESUS consortium unites 23 partners from the academic sector, industry and municipal authorities from 13 different European states.

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EFFESUS will be represented in a number of national and international conferences, workshops and fairs and will organize own events.

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Here you can find information material about EFFESUS as well as selected publications and presentations.

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Key Facts

  • Project Acronym: EFFESUS
  • Project Full Title: Energy Efficiency for EU Historic Districts’ Sustainability
  • Project Duration: 09/2012-08/2016
  • Funding Scheme: Seventh Framework Programme – CP (FP7-2012-NMP-ENV-ENERGY-ICT-EeB)
  • Project Coordinator: Dr. Isabel Rodriguez-Maribona, TECNALIA Research & Innovation, Spain
  • Scientific Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Gunnar Grün , Fraunhofer-Institute for Building Physics IBP, Germany

Current News

Workshop “Historic Cities in Transition” at Sustainable Places

  • June 1, 2016

The “Historic Cities in Transition, Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Environment” workshop enables discussions surrounding innovative methodologies, urban data models, and ICT solutions to assist urban managers in improving the sustainability and resilience of historic cities from a multi-scale perspective. This confirmed workshop will be co-chaired by  Aitziber Egusquiza and Alessandra Gandini of  TECNALIA at Sustainable Places […]

Registration for Final Conference

  • March 16, 2016

The final conference takes place on June 24th in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. Registration to public is open, please click here.