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BUILD SEE supplies public administrations, enterprises and citizens with practical tools, recommendations and action plans to achieve low environmental impact and become eco -friendly.



BUILD SEE includes public institutions ONGs and research centers from 9 different countries. Eighteen different partners are combining knowledge and personnel to achieve project aims. Lead partner is Alma Mater Foundation from Italy.


Hub Network

The hub activates a permanent device, a transnational hub, aiming at favouring knowledge transmission and the transfer of innovation within the SEE area, between local public authorities and municipalities, SMEs and universities/research centres, in regard -solely- to the creation or requalification of residential suburbs.



BUILD SEE answers these questions. It supplies public administrations, enterprises and citizens with practical tools, recommendations and action plans (from SEE local country case-studies) to bridge the gap to achieve low environmental impact and become eco -friendly. The project treats of the residential sector and mostly urban re-generation, new building and residential suburb planning.

BUILD SEE's twofold innovation comes as an INTEGRATED approach to urban sustainability and a QUALITY GOVERNANCE MODEL of shared responsibility and city planning vision. Both the processes and product innovation dimensions aim to bridge the gap between EU policy and SEE country practices, mindful of new aspects like social issues (swift urbanization & its social problems, disadvantaged group inclusion, participation); new green urban technologies (for policies reaching EU targets on energy consumption, waste management etc) and new methodology: fresh citizenship methods/models, enterprise/stakeholder involvement, participated urban planning processes.

BUILD SEE promotes joint public/private sector action and develops environmental, economic and social benefits, offering a ready answer to sustainable building & residential questions.

BUILD SEE aims to enhance innovation in a multilevel cross-sector approach and participated methodologies primed to impact at government and local level with clear outcomes, qualified results and possible performance gauging, with new technologies & IT, fostering content and funding viability to increase social cohesion and inject skills and positive financial/social returns in the territories, all serving sustainability/transferability.

BUILD SEE emphasizes joint transnational management, smart/detailed planning, extensive communication, transferability and reproducibility of project findings, outcomes, products and results, creation of an in/formal network on project priorities at national/international level, in the industry itself or via trans-professional groups. The project aims to create tool kits and actions to develop a "green building" management city, area and suburb, for new sustainable urban building and requalification, fresh citizen participation and a network of stakeholders work with local government.

The partnerships is composed by 13 entities from 9 SEE countries covering a wide area of the target regions and the partnership is a blend of institutional, government and technical representatives and territorial networks in a winning mix of vertical/technical representatives. The partners have a set of different expertise, some of them with deep expertise and competencies, others are regional and local authorities to ensure results and recommendations sustainability as well as new policies and programmes application. It also involves specific partners and local stakeholders: region, ministry, enterprises, professional groups, agencies and educational institutions, environmental and cultural groups.

Also, respecting policy, programme and project synergies, the BUILD SEE proposal fits : EUROPE 2020 (EU strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for economic, social and territorial cohesion regarding smart growth for developing an economy based on knowledge/innovation and sustainable growth for a more resource-efficient, green and competitive economy) as the EU STRATEGY FOR THE DANUBE REGION on environmental sustainability, the EU Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) supporting a balanced polycentric, urban system and promoting resource-efficient settlement patterns to minimise land-take and urban sprawl. Build SEE answers indications of the "5th Cohesion Report on economic, social and territorial cohesion", considering innovation transfer between public/private organisations and an innovative ecosystem touching suburbs and citizen participation in eco-sustainable building.

Within this project, the Lead Partner (FAM) – Alma Mater Foundation, shall carry out and monitor thoroughly all assets related to the implementation of the project, by means of sharing its competences with the full partnership, while assisting partners with issues such as the projects working relationships, dissemination activities, involvement of institutional partners, enterprises, associations etc.

Varna Economic Development Agency (VEDA) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental association, registered
to  operate  in  public  benefit.  It  is  located  on  the  territory  of  Varna  District  in  Bulgaria,  East  Europe.The
agency  was  established  in  1997  under  the  joint  program  of  Varna  Municipality  and  USAID  to  assist  the
advancement  of  regional  economic  development.  Since  1998  VEDA  is  a  member  of  the  network  of  the
Bulgarian  Association  of  Regional  Development  Agencies  and  Business  Centers  (BARDA).

The  National  Institute  for  Research  and  Development  in  Environmental  Protection  (NIRDEP)  is  a  leading
research  structure  in  the  environmental  protection  field,  co-ordinated  by  the  Romanian  Ministry  of
Environment  and  Forests.  NIRDEP  is  intensively  involved  in  researches  dedicated  to  environment
protection.  Interdisciplinary  activities  are  currently carried  out  in order to find  out technical  solutions to
alleviate, and to eliminate the impacts of human activities on environment. The entire research portfolio

Business  Support  Centre  (BSC)  is  a  regional  development  agency  and  a  regional  support  institution  for
entrepreneurial  economic  development  of  Gorenjska.  BSC  plays  the  role  of  a  link  among  entrepreneurs,
chambers,  municipalities,  institutes,  ministries,  and  other  institutions  in  the  following  fields  of  work:

The City of Athens Development Agency S.A. (AEDA) is the public development agency of the municipality
of  Athens.  The  municipality of  Athens  is  suffering  from  the  lack  of  green  spaces.  AEDA  through  that the
BUILD SEE project will offer new approaches, expertise and solutions to the municipality, as well as good
examples  from  other  countries  which  will  join  the  consortium  in  order  to  apply  practices  and  tools
developed  by  BUILD  SEE   in  the  future.

The partner represents the technological/research side of the project partnership, with CERTH being one of
the major technological research centres in Greece. CERTH will benefit from the new input coming from
such  a  broadscope  in tackling  ecological  and  sustainable  cities,  thereby  fostering  research  in  the  field of
Green  cities  achieving  low  environmental  impact  and  becoming  ecologically-friendly  in  the  SEE  area.

The South Transdanubian Regional Development Agency (STRDA) is basically a regionally owned nonprofit limited liability company serving the public good and making no profit. On the other hand it carries out activities that are often subject to business consultancy and are usually outsourced by regional authorities. This makes a perfect combination of approaches that makes STRDA an experienced and reliable partner in regional and local level strategy making and various transnational project activities.

The project partner “Energy and Innovation Centre of Weiz Ltd.” (in short W.E.I.Z.) is a fully-owned subsidiary of the “W.E.I.Z. Estate Ltd.” that itself is on the one hand one of 33 “impulse centres” in the Austrian province Styria (source: and on the other hand has four, mainly public shareholders (municipality of Weiz, borough of Krottendorf, Steiermärkische Bank & Sparkassen and energy region Weiz-Gleisdorf). The focus of the W.E.I.Z. was set on innovation and energy, especially renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The  Region  of  Western  Greece  is  one  of  the  13  regions  of  Greece.  It  is  part  of  the  second  level  of  selfadministration structure and is extended in the north western part of Peloponnese and the western part of  Central Greece. The area of Western Greece Region is 15.490 km2 and the population is more than 640.000  people.

The Municipality of Bologna is carrying out several projects in the field of Urban Regeneration, since this is
the main objective of the recently approved Municipal Structural Plan that points out the strategies for the
future  development  on  the  city.  In  this  context  the  Housing  Services  Department  is  developing  many
projects  which  aim  to  improve  the  social  cohesion  and  the  environmental  quality  in  the  urban  areas,  in
strong cooperation with other Departments such Environment and Urban Planning and other public and

The Centre for applied research  -  Buildings and Construction is a non profit Foundation launched by the
Emilia  Romagna  Region  and  High  Technology  Network  ,  with  the  aim  of  promoting,  sustaining  and
overseeing training and research in the field of the Buildings and Construction. In particular, the Centre has
three  research  units  specialized  in:  i)  Safety,  Sustainability  and  Energy  Efficiency,  ii)  Refurbishment  and
Restoration,  iii)  Fluidodynamics.

Dugopolje  Municipality  is  part  of  the  metropolitan  area  of  Split  (second  largest  city  in  Croatia)  with  the
significant  metropolitanization  process  (According  to  the  Regional  Development  Strategy  of  Splitskodalmatinska County 2011).

The Municipality of Tirana is a local authority which exercises its functions and competencies according to
the Constitution of Albania (1998), Law No. 8652 dated 31.07.2000 for "The Organization and Functioning
of Local Government", and the European Charter of Local Self-Governance (ratified by the Parliament of the
Republic  of  Albania  on  11.11  1999). The local government consists of a representative body and executive organ.
The representative body is the municipal  council.  The  head  of  the  executive  organ  is  the  Mayor  of  the  city.

BASD has in its scope of intervention: ecology, architecture, improvement of quality of life. In this project
BASD  staff  has  experience  to  support  the  following  activities:  WP2  -  Communication  activities;WP3  -1)
issues related to public law and procedures,  2) issues related to citizenship and social-cohesion; descriptive
and  detailed  Report  on  the  above  local  problems  and  needs  analysis,   threads  and  opportunities,  list  of

The  Emilia-Romagna  was  the  first  Italian  region  to  establish,  in  1994,  its  office  in  Brussels
for contributing to the development of strategies and activities of regional importance and to promote the
Emilia-Romagna  Region  within  the  EU   at  the  aim  to  devise  ,  together  with  other  European  partner,
common  strategies,  promoting  transnational  projects,  information  exchange  and  public  initiatives.  This
partnership  facilitates  dialogue  with  EU  institutions,  and  can  effectively  represent  the  regional  interests

ZRC SAZU is one of the leading research institutions in Slovenia. Its 17 institutes conduct various surveys
relevant to the project; in particular, Anton Melik Geographical Institute  deals with urban issues, regional
planning  &  environmental  management,  i.e.  sustainable  transport  solutions  to  transport  challenges  in
metropolitan regions, creativity and attractiveness of the cities, quality of life in the cities, waste treatment,
green areas, etc.

The partner will represent the municipal territory where the local study of the Austrian partner will be carried out. The activities will be mainly carried out in the Styrian energy region Weiz-Gleisdorf. This region has a size of about 240 kmq and has about 42.000 inhabitants. The association "energy region" was founded in the year 1996 with the main vision to set regional and common impulses towards the main topic "energy". The city of Weiz itself is the main centre for administration, education and culture with having a high quality of living.

The National Environmental Protection Agency promotes a unitary, coherent environmental policy, setting
the  following  targets  to  achieve:
-  Integration  of  the  environment  requirements  in  the  sectorial  strategies;
-  Complying with the acquis communitarian for environment: supplying drinking water in all the localities,
purifying waste waters, protecting the population against the dangerous effects of noise, closing the waste
storehouses  that  do  not  comply  with  the  current  requirements,  renewing  the  technology  of  the  central

The capacity to innovate is undoubtedly something spontaneous in all the organisation, enterprises included. Nonetheless, it is also the result of a precise pathway, meticulously planned and successfully followed, which often requires support and sponsorship from public institutions, networks and links among universities, enterprises and research centres.

Regarding specifically "green" residential technological innovations (i.e. planning, materials, garbage collection, fixtures, etc.) it becomes ever more necessary to activate a circuit of information addressed to citizens, enterprises and for the whole set of professionals operating in the sector. This is due to the speed of innovation as well as to frequent amendments to regulations and it may offer the chance to clarify the opportunities available and the most suitable products/solutions for each one among the different "players".

Innovation thus begins when more players (universities, enterprises, public institutions, private organisations, citizens) jointly tackle the same priority.

In this direction the hub activates a permanent device, a transnational hub, aiming at favouring knowledge transmission and the transfer of innovation within the SEE area, between local public authorities and municipalities, SMEs and universities/research centres, in regard -solely- to the creation or requalification of residential suburbs.

The principal aims of the hub network are the following:

  • to serve as an intermediary between the main players on urban planning on the side of regulation and planning and the private actors and builders, and Business Representative Organisations, in order to create a collaboration between the main actors
  • to provide a wide range of services at long lasting perspective for the urban planning at local level and for the definition of innovative policies and programmes for planning new cities according to the sustainability principles
  • to develop and maintain a set of networking instruments based on social networks, aiming at a wide dissemination of information, sharing of experiences, ideas and suggestions
  • to serve as an efficiency tool in the building sector for RDAs / BROs, cluster management organizations and other SME support organizations by supporting SME innovation and SME cooperation through the creation of links with the citizens and the local decision makers;
  • Developing a joint on-line information platform, accessible from the web portals of all the involved members
  • Periodical dissemination of information on BUILD SEE network developments;
  • Promoting the exchange of information amongst signatories, peer learning through the participation of regional actors and informational initiatives and workshops

Hub network partners having joined this Constitution document strive for

  • continuous provision and improvement of the services established and defined in the local action plans and in the Transnational action plan
  • disseminate experiences and best practices of the local case studies
  • transfer the utilisation of the SEE tool kit
  • extension of the BUILD SEE hub network,
  • foster capitalisation of project results within other SEE projects

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