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

Project Results

  • January 29, 2016

New project results are online. See Final Results.


  • November 23, 2015

The fifth newsletter edition is now available here. For signing up for the EFFESUS newsletter, please follow the instructions in the footer.

Events: International Symposium BAU 2015

  • February 23, 2015

On January 24th we presented in the B0-Forum our interim project results and discussed the further development paths as well as our vision on sustainable and energy efficient historic urban districts.  Therefore over 50 participants attended the symposium at the International Construction Trade Fair BAU 2015 in Munich, Germany. The BAU is  the World’s Leading Trade Fair […]