Objective

The BUILD_ME project aims to increase ambitions towards achieving climate-neutral building standards in the MENA region by providing technical assistance for pilot projects and facilitating policy dialogue. During the 2016-2018 period, the project developed a comprehensive understanding of the barriers to invest in energy efficient or renewable energy-based heating and cooling systems in the region, which led to several recommendations to address these identified barriers.

Considering the Paris Agreement, the second phase of the project focuses on implementing, upscaling, and permanently adopting the recommendations developed in the first phase. This includes introducing an energy classification scheme for buildings to facilitate access to financing for sustainable buildings. Additionally, the project team provides technical assistance to several early stage pilot projects and, if required, financial support by our partner the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. Through a policy dialogue with relevant stakeholders, the project aims to improve building code implementation and incorporate building sector-specific targets into the nationally determined contributions of the target countries as well as other national and local strategies.

Through the project, key stakeholders and market participants will have access to policy recommendations, macroeconomic analyses, and technical assistance. These resources will help them make more informed decisions when shaping the landscape for energy efficient buildings in the MENA region. The project will develop a software tool, the Energy Efficiency of Buildings Web App, for calculating the energy demand of buildings as well as the cost-effectiveness of building energy efficiency measures. The project will also develop a building typology database and an open demonstration project database for the MENA region.

The project aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • COMPREHENSIVE: Build on knowledge generated in the first phase to prepare for future collaboration and implement recommendations.
  • TARGETED: Increased use of efficient or renewable energy-based heating and air conditioning systems in all new buildings.
  • INCLUSIVE: Draw insights from a broad range of stakeholders: owners-occupants, financial institutions, municipalities, ministries, and project developers.
  • ENABLING: Facilitate and increase access to financing and funding opportunities for energy efficient building projects in the building sector.
  • TRANSFORMATIONAL: Support the reform and transitions of political frameworks towards improving energy efficiency in the building sector.
  • FORWARD-LOOKING: Develop software and benchmarks to accelerate the uptake of energy efficiency and renewable energies in buildings.
  • TANGIBLE: Focus on supporting the implementation of energy efficiency measures in the pilot projects.

Project structure

The project is divided into two main phases: Phase I from 2016-2018 and Phase II from 2019-2021.

In Phase I, the project team selected three target countries (Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon) out of a potential six for the project. A macroeconomic base analysis served as the foundation for the selection process. This base analysis examined the most relevant parameters pertaining to the economic and legal framework in these countries, as well as other aspects influencing the energy efficiency measure implementation in the building sector. The target countries are those in which the framework conditions promise the greatest possible success for the implementing the project objectives. By the end of Phase I, the project team created a comprehensive understanding of the barriers to invest in energy efficient or renewable energy-based heating and cooling in the MENA region.

Phase II of the project focuses on implementing the recommendations and project activities in the target countries. This includes supporting pilot project implementation, facilitating policy dialogue to improve energy efficiency policies, and providing key stakeholders with the tools required to make informed decisions.

The project is divided into the following four work packages (WPs). The figure below also illustrates how this project’s implementation leads to the intended effect and how the different project components interact.

Activities and work packages for the second phase of the BUILD_ME project
Activities and work packages for the second phase of the BUILD_ME project