Med-EcoSuRe (Mediterranean University as Catalyst for Eco-Sustainable Renovation) is a project funded by the European Union, under the ENI CBC MED programme.

The programme is managed by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy) and aims to promote cross-border cooperation in the Mediterranean region.




Low energy educational buildings are becoming the standard for new buildings in European and Mediterranean partner countries. Meanwhile, the potential of efficient renovation of existing buildings continues to be a development focus in these countries. Technical solutions are continuously proposed by universities for eco-sustainable building renovation, but there is still a gap between designed models and real world application.

MedEcoSuRe project is rooted in the key role that Mediterranean universities have to contribute to environmental development and combat climate change. The project brings together researchers and stakeholders to build a common understanding of the eco-sustainable building renovation issues and aims to empower regional knowledge-to-action process, starting by the university’s immediate neighborhood, which is the university building.

A “Living Lab” will be established to propose energy renovation solutions to university energy managers based on decision-support tools that take into account social, economic and environmental aspects.

By being the core of the project activities, the involved academics will not only produce scientific solutions adapted to real situations, but will also monitor and scale-up induced improvements.


General objective


Value and implement innovative and eco-sustainable energy renovation solutions for Mediterranean higher education institutions and introduce active collaborating approach for decision support.


Expected results


The expected results of the project are the following:


  • Developing and transferring knowledge on the design and implementation of energy high-performance renovations within higher education institutions and promoting eco-sustainable technical solutions and best practices for reduced and cleaner energy consumption in the rehabilitated building.


  • Initiating an intermediation entity, a living lab, for the collaboration between academics, decision-makers and stakeholders, in order to support energy managers on planning and implementing innovative sustainable energy measures within higher education buildings.


Expected outputs

  • 6 toolkits of passive solutions design for higher education buildings retrofitting
  • 2 policy tools for energy efficiency retrofit in higher education buildings
  • 6 cross-border strategic plans for university building retrofitting
  • 6 energy auditsperformed in selected higher education institutions
  • 9 energy efficiency retrofitting pilot actions





Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre (MEDREC)




University of Tunis El Manar (UTM) Tunisia




University of Florence – Department of Architecture (UNIFI-DIDA)










University of Seville - Thermal Energy Engineering Department (TMT-US)




An-Najah National University - Energy Research Centre  (ERC)





Naples Agency for Energy and Environment- (ANEA)






Spanish association for the internationalization and innovation of solar companies (SOLARTYS)







University of  Campania- Department

Of Architecture and Industrial Design (DADI)








National Cluster Of The Sectors Of Home Automation, Smart Buildings and Smart Cities (DOMOTYS)





University of Naples Federico II






Start date: 1st of September 2019

Duration: three years

Total project Budget:  2.934.856, 69 €

EU Contribution: 2.641.371, 02 € (90 %)





Imad Ibrik

Director ERC

[email protected]