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ENEF- Central Baltic Cooperation in Energy Efficiency and Feasibility in Urban Planning

Published Jan 08, 2014

ENEF focuses on cooperation and joint problem solving of energy efficiency and feasibility matters in urban planning. The project brings together the target groups interested in energy efficiency of buildings such as urban planners, architects, building companies and real-estate owners. ENEF is a project financed by the European Regional Development Fund and is managed and coordinated by four technological universities in the Baltic Sea Region.

Europe faces a great challenge in going from the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and increasing the energy efficiency in the existing housing stock.

ENEF is a Central Baltic INTERREG IVA Project started 1 January 2011 and finished in the end of 2013. The project was supported by European Development Fund that granted 951 860 € for its development.

The general objective of the project was supporting spatial planning and environmental management in Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Sweden.

The specific objectives of ENEF were:

  • Develop a practical handbook of best practices in EST, FIN, SWE and LV how to increase energy efficiency in buildings also considering other values as architectural and cultural. The buildings to be investigated are publicly used buildings, mainly like schools, universities and libraries, and private residential apartment buildings built in 1960-1980. Examples of best practice from partnering countries and also other European countries will be included.
  • Develop national and joint networks to transfer innovative practices and tools of increasing the energy efficiency of buildings to regional and municipal planners, architects, engineers of construction companies, etc. within and among the participating countries.
  • Exchange and transfer experiences of the use of different computer programs for calculating energy efficiency or analyzing the impact of different architectural or technical solutions in the planning stage on practical level (urban planners, architects, building companies and real-estate owners.
  • Organize an International Conference and exhibition in 2013 to discuss and transfer results from the project.


The project was finished in December 2013 with the successful accomplishment of the goals and objectives stated in the program. The main results of the project are:

  • Publication of practical Handbook , presenting description of the selected best practices of energy efficient renovation and sustainable retrofitting of residential areas in Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Sweden.
  • Presentation of a list with existing simulation programs used for calculation of energy efficiency and design for more sustainable houses. The list provides general information about tools’ purpose and level of expertise required for its application.
  • Organization of final Conference and Exhibition “Energy efficiency strategies for buildings and urban areas” on 9 – 11 October 2013 in Tallinn.

The partners in the ENEF project are:

Tallinn University of Technology (Lead partner)
Participating departments: Department of Environmental Engineering and Open University
Project manager: Liina Henning
Tallinn University of Technology

Riga Technical University
Participating department: Faculty of Civil Engineering
Project regional coordinator: Anatolijs Borodinecs
Riga Technical University

Aalto University Foundation
Participating departments: Aalto University Professional Development and Department of Energy Technology
Project regional coordinator: Ana Rodriguez-Gabriel
Aalto University Foundation

Royal Institute of Technology(KTH)
Participating department: Industrial Ecology Department
Project regional coordinator: Olga Kordas

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