Assistant Buildings’ addition to Retrofit, Adopt, Cure And Develop the Actual Buildings up to zeRo energy

Codice progetto: GA696126 

Programma: Horizon 2020 

Call: H2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake 

ABRACADABRA is based on the prior assumption that non-energy-related benefits play a key role in the deep renovation of existing buildings. In particular, ABRA actions will focus on the creation of a substantial increase of the real estate value of the existing buildings through a significant energy and architectural transformation. The central goals of the proposal consist of an important reduction of the pay back time of the interventions, a strengthening of the key investors’ confidence, increasing quality and attractiveness of the existing buildings’ stock and, finally, reaching a concrete market acceleration towards the Nearly Zero Energy Buildings target. The actual investment gap in the deep renovation sector is due to the fact that high investments are required up-front and they are generally characterized by an excessively high degree of risk and long payback times. It is therefore necessary to develop harmonized, concerted and innovative actions to unlock the needed public and private funds, fill the energy efficiency investment gap and ultimately contribute to re-launch the construction market and create new jobs. Therefore, ABRA aims at demonstrating to the key stakeholders and financial investors the attractiveness of a new renovation strategy based on AdoRe, intended as one (or a set of) Assistant Building unit(s) – like aside or façade addictions, rooftop extensions or even an entire new building construction - that adopt the existing buildings (the Assisted Buildings). The creation of these new Assistant Buildings’ Additions integrated with Renewable Energy Sources aims at reducing the initial investment allocated for the deep renovation of the existing building creating an upgrading synergy between old and new. The ABRA strategy results in the implementation of a punctual densification policy that has been proven capable of fostering the investments in deep renovation of the existing built environment throughout Europe.

Durata del progetto

03.2016 - 02.2019

Responsabile scientifico per il Dipartimento

Annarita FERRANTE 


Università di Bologna (Annarita FERRANTE)


Università di Bologna


National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Foundation for Development, Innovation and Technology

Cecodhas Housing Europe

Architects’ Council of Europe

ICLEI European Secretariat

Ecuba S.r.l.

International Union of Property Owners


Banca Monte Paschi Belgio

EnergyPro Ltd

Municipality of Brasov

TU Delft Onderzoek voor de gebouwde omgeving

Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology

Partenaires Europeens puor l'enviroment

Sociedad Aragonesa de Gestión Medioambiental

Black Sea Regional Agency for Energy Management


Budget totale: Eur 1.993.168,75                     

Budget DA: Eur 242.825,00

Docenti e ricercatori collegati al progetto

Giovanni MOCHI 


Anastasia FOTOPOULOU (assegnista)

Elena CATTANI (assegnista)

Settore ERC del progetto

PE8_11 - Sustainable design (for recycling, for environment, eco-design)

PE8_3 - Civil engineering, architecture, maritime/hydraulic engineering, geotechnics, waste treatment

SH1_12 - Technological change, innovation, research & development