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The EU-GUGLE project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of nearly-zero energy building renovation models with the view of triggering large-scale, Europe-wide replication in smart cities and communities by 2020. Taking on the challenge of sustainable renovation in urban areas, the cities of Vienna (AT), Aachen (DE), Milan (IT), Sestao (ES), Tampere (FI) and Bratislava (SK) have committed to renovating a total of 226,000m² of living space during the 5 years of the project, with the objective of achieving 40 to 80% primary energy savings per pilot district while increasing the share of renewable energy sources by 25% by 2018. Gothenburg (SE) and Gaziantep (TR) will take part in the 5-year project as associated cities and will be expected to start smart renovation activities during project’s lifetime.
In line with this objective, the pilot cities will therefore integrate the results of the project into comprehensive ‘smart renovation strategies’ that will be easily transposable to other municipalities, and which will be disseminated through an EU-wide replication campaign. The role of the campaign will be to maximize the replication potential of the renovation models developed in EU-GUGLE, both in other districts of the same cities and in other cities facing similar issues across Europe.