Make decarbonisation of existing buildings a reliable, attractive investment

Solutions and technologies for the uptake of deep energy renovation processes

What is StepUP?

Deep renovation is a key action to drastically reduce energy demand and achieve the EU vision of a decarbonised building stock by 2050. However, only 1% of European buildings are being renovated yearly and shallow retrofits persist with low impact on energy consumption.

The StepUP project is developing new technologies and solutions to make building renovation more attractive and affordable.

To achieve this, StepUP uses continuous feedback loops and promotes an iterative deep energy renovation approach, based on data insights, which minimises performance gaps, reduces investment risks, minimises disruption and positively impacts on energy costs, Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and comfort.


Make renovation more attractive and reliable

New methodology based on near-real time data intelligence

Reduce the performance gap

<10% by developing an integrated life-cycle software platform 

Minimise time on site

Cut 40% of current renovation onsite work by creating  market-ready modular renovation technologies 

Optimise renovation investments

Innovative financial models

Accelerate the renovation market

Interoperability protocol for renovation solutions

Cost-effective deep energy renovation technologies

Plug & Play Envelope System

Pre-assembled envelope panel integrating windows and provisions for the technical systems

Plug & Play SmartHeat solution

Groundbreaking technology for flexible consumption of thermal energy monitored and optimised through StepUP data tools

Innovative financing tools for deep renovation

Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) based on co-investment, continuous performance measurement and management

Software tools and platform for data collection

Data intelligence solutions to generate a sound base for the continuous measurement and verification of the renovation


Public non-residential building

Budapest, Hungary

Multi-family residential dwelling

Pamplona, Spain

Rental private-office building

Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

News & Events

Lean Metholodology for building renovation projects

Lean Metholodology for building renovation projects Encouraged by the situation in recent years, the construction sector is undergoing a series of changes aimed at bringing its activity equal to the productivity levels of other industrial sectors. As can be seen in the following Figure 1 (the figure shows the productivity data of the construction sector …

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Reduce Time on site (and other benefits) of using a prefabricated façades

Reduce Time on site (and other benefits) of using a prefabricated façades StepUP’s new renovation methodology employs a Plug&Play industrialised preassembled and prefabricated façades module to reduce energy building demand. The solution aims to reduce time-on-site and intervention costs while minimising the disruption in residents and users’ life and installation errors. Industrialisation and its benefits …

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Why should you choose a ventilated façade for your building?

Why should you choose a ventilated façade for your building? The ventilated façade is the solution when the external wall of a building needs to be renovated. Choosing a ventilated façade means fostering a green sustainable approach to the designing and realization of pre-fabricated buildings, where providing energy efficiency is possible. The ventilated façade can …

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 847053.

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