Urban Densification Solutions for achieving Near Zero Energy Buildings

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This webinar is organized by the Covenant of Mayors Office and the ABRACADABRA H2020 project.

Urban densification is a key solution to tackling housing shortages and to reduce urban sprawl in European cities. How can cities increase comfortable and affordable housing while preserving soil? How can they accelerate the renovation of existing homes towards Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs)?

Increasing urban density by adding habitable space to existing buildings represents a great option to deal with these challenges. This extra surface, thanks to the income it generates, can help finance the renovation of the entire building. It can also help reshape the urban landscape by transforming former non-residential buildings into housing units.

In this webinar, practitioners and municipal staff from several EU countries will share their experiences with urban densification policies. A particular focus will be given to implementing deep renovation of already existing buildings by adding extensions to housing façades or rooftops. The webinar will also present planning experiences discussing the need of cities to expand while limiting soil consumption through sustainable and effective urban densification policies.

Join us to find out:

  • The perspectives of planners and property owners

  • Lessons learnt for research and practice

  • Impacts on cities’ local mitigation work

  • What are the technical, regulatory and financial tools to assess the feasibility of these approaches


11:00 Welcome and introduction

Michele Zuin, Covenant of Mayors Office

11:10 Presentations

Densification through AdoRes: Abracadabra Project tools and lessons for NZEBs

Annarita Ferrante, University of Bologna

Freiburg’s new Dietenbach district: a sustainable city’s answer to urban growth

Klaus von Zahn, City of Freiburg

Vertical extensions in nineteen-century buildings in Barcelona: a means to improve the architectural heritage

Alba Platero, La casa por el tejado, Barcelona

Harnessing open data to identify retrofit opportunities in the built environment

– the ENERFUND tool

Alexandros Charalambides, Cyprus University of Technology

12:10 Q&A

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