Europe's Renovation Strategy Debate

Upcoming Events

Leaders’ Summit I – Madrid

20-21 September 2016
COAM, Madrid, Spain

Renovate Europe Day 2016

13 October 2016
Brussels, Belgium

Our Community

The Dialogue Journey

Two main BUILD UPON events will take place at European level, in September 2016 and February 2017. These will connect 'Change Leaders' from across the region.

A number of other key events at EU level will focus on the national renovation strategy debate, and these are set out below.

Stakeholders Event on the Review of EED & EPBD
14 March 2016 Brussels, Belgium
BUILD UPON Leaders Summit I
20-21 September 2016 Madrid, Spain
Renovate Europe Day
October 2016 Brussels, Belgium
BUILD UPON Leaders Summit II
February 2017 Brussels, Belgium

Stakeholders Dialogue

Venice BUILD UPON Meeting: A Call to Action!

Green Building Councils from 20 countries convened alongside BUILD UPON's Advisory Board at the insp... Read More

Partnership Announced Between EBRD and the Europe Regional Network

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Europe Regional Network of the ... Read More

Event with Commissioners Highlights Importance of Renovation Strategies

On 22 June, a High Level Round-Table on Energy with key stakeholders took place in Brussels to dis... Read More

Further details of the Madrid Leaders’ Summit announced!

In April, countries around the world signed the historic Paris Agreement reached at COP 21. Europe m... Read More

Šefčovič Underlines Importance of Renovation Strategies at Madrid Summit

On the occasion of the BUILD UPON Leaders' Summit in Madrid on 20 September, Vice-President of the ... Read More


Luca Bertalot
European Mortgage Federation
Luca Bertalot is Secretary General of the European Mortgage Federation - European Bond Council (EMF-ECBC), representing the interests of EU mortgage lenders and the covered bond community in discussions with the European Institutions and stakeholders in general on all issues relating to the retail and funding sides of the mortgage business....
James Drinkwater
Europe Regional Network
As Regional Director of WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network, James supports the network of over 25 national Green Building Councils and their 5,000 members around Europe; coordinating their work on projects, education, policy and relationships with regional partner organisations. A large part of his role is advising on and coordinating...
Janis Dripe
Latvian Ministy of Culture, RISEBA University Riga
Currently is working as Architecture Programme director at RISEBA University and Expert on architecture and creative industries at the Ministry of Culture. He is a former City architect of Riga (2006 – 2011), Head of State Protocol (2002 – 2006), Ambassador of Latvia to the Kingdom of Sweden (1996 –...
Patty Fong
European Climate Foundation
Patty Fong is Programme Director of the Energy Efficiency Programme and a member of the ECF leadership team. She was recruited in 2007 to help establish the foundation, and served as founding COO until August 2012. Based in The Hague, Patty oversees development and implementation of the programme...
Per Forsling
Christoph Hinske
Being a Global Change Agent by training, Christoph has worked for the past 11 years for European and African governments, the European Union, the Church, as well as numerous NGO's, leading universities, foundations and global front-runner companies throughout South, Central and North America, Africa as well as in most of...
Adrian Joyce
EuroACE, Renovate Europe
Secretary General of EuroACE, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings. His role involves the day-to-day management of the affairs of EuroACE, bringing support to the working structure, preparing documentation, advising the Members, the General Assembly and the Board of Directors on issues that affect the energy efficiency of buildings. This includes...
Jyrki Kauppinen
Finnish Ministry of the Environment
Senior Technical Adviser, Department of Built Environment. Renovation and improvement of energy efficiency in existing building stock....
Marco Marijewycz
As Team Leader of Technology Policy and Systems Analysis in E.ON’s global Solution Management organisation, Marco has been deeply involved in UK and EU decentralised energy policy and standards for over 8 years. A current member of the World Green Building Council Europe Regional Network policy committee, he has also...
Anna Moreno
Ruth Mourik
Dr. Ruth Mourik specializes in (energy) sustainability projects, with a focus on behavioural and behaviour change, societal acceptance of new technologies, (open) innovation management and co-creation. Ruth mainly works on project targeting demand side management, demand response, smart grids, sustainable lifestyles, and sustainable system transitions. She has Masters in Anthropology, Sociology,...
Kevin O'Rourke
Marchena Management
Kevin O’Rourke is an independent specialist in sustainable energy technologies, policies and practices, with 40 years of policy and engineering experience in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental protection, particularly in the built environment, in Ireland and Europe. Until 2014 he headed SEAI’s Low Carbon Technologies team,...
Jim Ritchie-Dunham
Institute for Strategic Clarity
Jim Ritchie-Dunham is a self-described student of human agreements. Utilizing over 20 years of research and insights gleaned from working with groups of all make-ups, Jim is the developer of Ecosynomics, the emerging social science of the agreements that guide human interactions. Ecosynomics provides a framework rooted in economics and...
Peter Sweatman
Climate Strategy & Partners
Peter Sweatman is the Chief Executive of Climate Strategy & Partners (, a strategic consultant in Clean Energy, Clean Technology, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Strategies, counting among its clients some of Iberia’s largest firms and among its partners Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Trucost. For 5 years directly prior to...
Ana Cláudia Gonçalves
Vibrancy International
Ana Claudia has more than 22 years of experience in multinational companies in which she has developed a solid career in the service sector, as well as a proven managerial ability in international environments and a profound knowledge of strategy, transformation and coaching. She has served in executive positions in...

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