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BIRTUOSS (OPENGELA)

The Opengela programme seeks to extend urban regeneration in the Basque Country by creating a network of local one-stop-shop offices to serve individual districts. The ultimate aim is to improve quality of life in cities through urban regeneration.

Since its inception, the Opengela model has received backing from the European Commission, first, through the Horizon 2020 programme, which funded the HIROSS4all project between 2019 and 2023 and now through the LIFE programme, which is promoting the project 'Basque Integrated Renovation model (Opengela): Enabling a Fair, Clean Energy Transition through a Unique Network of One-Stop-Shops' (BIRTUOSS) from 2023 to 2026.

The main aim of BIRTUOSS is to enhance and expand Opengela's integrated urban regeneration model by targeting a wider group of homeowners. This involves establishing partnerships with local agents, designing a sustainable model and expanding the service to the entire Basque region. BIRTUOSS will focus on district-scale intervention, including renovation of multi-household buildings and improvement of their energy performance. It will build on the experience gained in the HIROSS4all project, and expand its scope by including additional environmental, social and economic measures to improve the conditions of urban environments, extending the model to all Basque municipalities and their respective districts.

EVE is a member of a consortium led by the Basque Government, in which fourteen partners are participating, including: Build Inn (Eraikune), the CAVIAR Research Group (University of the Basque Country), Viviendas Municipales de Bilbao, GNE Finance, the Basque Association of Knowledge and Technology Industries GAIA, EDE Fundazioa, Cíclica Arquitectura, Aclima, Gabineteseis, Fedarene, Green Building Council España and Zabala Innovation.

Opengela has already been rolled out in over twenty Basque municipalities and is eminently replicable throughout Europe. Under BIRTUOSS, a pilot project (living lab) will also be launched to test progress.

Anticipated results

  • Demonstration and implementation of the Opengela model in the Torreurizar pilot scheme (Bilbao), offering building renovation services that will affect 610 residents and 264 homes over the lifetime of the project. By 2026, it is hoped to expand the model to another nine interventions with district-based one-stop-shop offices serving 4,800 inhabitants and 2,102 homes.
  • Primary energy savings of 62.83% during the project (11.41 GWh per year), with an annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 13,028.54 tCO2.
  • Creation of a participatory and co-creation environment to improve the existing model.
  • Develop a self-sustaining business model.
  • Development of the Building Passport for 10 buildings in Torreurizar, extending to 50 buildings in 10 different districts within 5 years.
  • Transfer of the Opengela model to 10 other European regions or cities to apply the lessons learned in their specific local context.
  • Creation of 30 jobs to staff district offices

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