Developing concepts for innovative and energy efficient construction of new buildings

The project marked the initial point of a larger programme of measures of the Baltic Environmental Forum Group for fostering the development of energy saving construction of new buildings in the Baltic States. The overall objective of this project is to lay the basis for integrated planning in the region.

Activities in the project

  • Fostering successful best-practice adaptation concepts: To foster a successful adaptation concept for best-practice of energy efficient buildings/houses in the Baltic States from Germany and Western Europe
  • Understanding the knowledge gaps of construction-related stakeholders: To understand the real knowledge gaps among construction experts (architects, engineers, craftsmen, and other related stakeholders and developing an appropriate training concept to fill these gaps
  • Development of a strategy to guide consumer patterns: The development of a strategy which shall tap into the slowly changing consumer behaviour, raising their awareness and understanding for saving energy
  • Strengthening local capacities: The capacities of local experts among the BEF network with regard to the previously mentioned topics shall be raised to broaden and deepen foundation for sustainable knowledge sources in the region.
  • Ensuring uninterrupted sustainability by planning further steps to for implementation of the results
  • Preparation of reports, organisation of seminars for the target group

Target groups of the project

Architects, Craftsmen, Politicians, NGOs, and clients who want to built a new house


Project fact sheet (pdf, English)
PDF - 369 KB

Report "Building best practice in the Baltic States" (pdf, English)
PDF - 618 KB

Energy and climate change


Matthias Grätz
Project manager
phone: 040/5330 7076
fax: 040/5330 7084

Project duration

10/2007 – 03/2009

Project partners

  • BEF Latvia
  • BEF Estonia
  • BEF Lithuania
  • Auraplan



This project was supported by the German Federal Foundation for the Environment.