Fostering public capacity to plan, finance and manage integrated urban REGeneration for sustainable energy uptake

Training for public officers involved in urban regeneration

Integrated urban regeneration

Multilevel coordination


FosterREG aims at enhancing public capacity at local, regional and national levels to plan, finance and manage integrated urban regeneration for sustainable energy uptake, through capacity building, promotion and articulation of effective multilevel coordination, and national as well as European network strengthening. These objectives will be achieved through public stakeholders’ engagement in joint analysis and knowledge development activities, as well as creation and dissemination of targeted training materials and activities across Europe. Read more...                    

FosterREG project presented at regional workshop in Donostia-San Sebastian - 30th October 2015

vIn the context of the 21st annual “Advance Management European Week ”, which presents good management practices in Basque public and private companies, VISESA organized a workshop on 30th October 2015 in Donostia-San Sebastian, with the goal of discussing new management models for urban regeneration and energy efficiency, and communicating FosterREG project objectives, tasks carried in the first few months, and the process and events that will be developed in the next steps of the project. Around 100 professionals from public and private companies attended to the event, which was held on the auditorium of the School of Architecture (University of the Basque Country).

The workshop was opened by Mr. Marcos Muro, General Director of VISESA , who stressed the importance of building refurbishment and urban regeneration considering energy efficiency issues. Ms. Miren Saratxaga, Director of Planning and Operational Processes at Department of Housing, Employment and Social Policy of the Basque Government, presented the current instruments on the Basque Country for promoting energy efficiency and urban regeneration. Following this institutional presentations, Patricia Molina from TECNALIA, technical coordinator of FosterREG, presented the project , which aims to improve multi-level coordination and enhance public sector capacities to approach energy efficiency urban regeneration projects. The initial conclusions of the project in relation to the framework analysis and stakeholder mapping were also presented.

The workshop continued with presentations of practical experiences of refurbishment and regeneration projects in the Basque Country. Representatives from the three main Basque cities participated in this section, with Josu Olarreabeitia from SURBISA presenting examples from Bilbao, Elena Ruiz from VISESA presenting a case study from Vitoria-Gasteiz, and Jose Antonio Rodriguez from San Sebastian city council presenting their experience in this area.

The workshop finished with a round table including the previous speakers together with Sagrario Eneriz from Basque Energy Agency (EVE) , Txema Ipiña from the Basque Construction Cluster (ERAIKUNE), and Fernando Bajo from the School of Architecture (University of Basque Country). The challenges and barriers for energy efficient urban regeneration were discussed, and comments about the role of the different stakeholders, and particularly of the different public bodies was the focus of the attention.

The need for multi-level coordination and of a one-stop desk service to support citizens and communities of owners who want to approach refurbishment projects was highlighted, as previous presentations did show that public bodies are indeed promoting energy efficient refurbishment with different schemes and conditions. Various of the participants on the workshop commented issue.

The difficult interaction between construction professionals and the owners was also discussed. The relation with the construction sector is generally not very fluid as the owners do not have the technical knowledge and are not used to the complex process needed to approach refurbishment projects. The importance of having not only financial support by the public sector, but also technical support for the citizens or communities of owners to be able to approach a refurbishment project was discussed. The need for need for independent non-profit supervisory role and support through the different stages of planning, tendering and building works until the end of the project was discussed.


Good attendance by stakeholders to the workshop

held at the auditorium of the School of Architecture in Donostia-San Sebastian.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649846