Natural Energy Efficiency and Sustainability 6.7

NEES( Natural Energy Efficiency and Sustainability)  - 2nd Call for Best Practices Open

The NEES (Natural Energy Efficiency and Sustainability) Project, with the support of the European Commission’'s Northern Periphery Programme (NPP)  is launching its 2nd open Call for Best Practices for producers, manufacturers and service providers whose products and services that enhance energy efficiency in buildings.

The competition is open to prospective Best Practice Producers and Service Providers who promote energy efficiency in building through the use of natural renewable or recycled products and services to support these.

Qualifying enterprises should be based or active within the EU Northern Periphery, and must complete a short Pre-Qualification Questionnaire on-line, and (if eligible) download a Full Questionnaire which should be completed and returned by e-mail before the deadline. Details and Questionnaires are available on the NEES web site in English (, Swedish  ( and Danish (

Submission are sought from enterprises producing or installing locally produced ‘natural’ products,  or providing services that improve the energy efficiency of new and existing domestic buildings.  The term “natural” covers both renewable and recycled materials, such as, timber from renewable forests, hemp and lime, straw bales and recycled paper.  The services included span a range stretching from timber-frame and bioclimatic design, to energy and sustainability assessments and training that encourages change in local behaviour.

The 2nd Call is open, on-line, from September 27th to December 6th of this year. Enterprises or practices must be based, or have significant operations, in the European Northern Periphery Programme area.  This area includes the west coast of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Scandinavian countries and Greenland.   A map of the Region and full details on eligibility will be found on the NEES web site Region (see

Submissions made on the Full Questionnaire  will be evaluated by an Expert Panel made up of seven recognised Experts from the different partner regions, who will determine which ones in constitute Best Practice from the perspective of the NEES criteria.    

The Partnership intends to select around 15 Best Practices throughout the duration of the Project (2011 to 2014). Six Best Practices have already been selected as a result of the 1st Call, earlier this year. NEES will use selected Best Practices to promote awareness of the potential of natural products for energy efficiency, and to help market and replicate them.  A range of supports, exchanges, training packages and marketing initiatives are being developed, and the enterprises will be promoted throughout the NPP region and Europe. The NEES Project intends to have further Calls for Best Practices in 2013 and in 2014.

The NEES is led by the Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE): an architectural school and research centre formed by University College Cork and the Cork Institute of Technology, and includes a Partnership of 7 other enterprises and agencies based in Ireland, Northern Ireland. Scotland, Sweden and Greenland.

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Jose Ospina, Project Manager, NEES Project, Tel (+353) 28 21890 and Mobile (+353) 86 8224429, e-mail

The NEES Project will identify and promote products and services which aim to improve energy efficiency in existing domestic buildings, which make use primarily of renewable or recycled materials and services based on natural processes, which originate and are normally accessible in the Northern Periphery Programme region. These products and s... More...
Aim & Objectives:
1. To review and map the current situation with respect to products and services aimed at improving energy efficiency in existing domestic buildings that use renewable materials and natural processes, to identify the barriers and bottlenecks to their dissemination and to gauge the potential for widespread marketing inside and outside the NPP Region... More...
Expected Outcomes:
The main products and services of the Project will be: 1. 5 surveys of natural products and services promoting energy efficiency and sustainability in 5 partner regions in the NPP area. 2. A central database and online catalogue of products, producers, services and service providers in the 5 partner regions, available online, with relevant ... More...
Reported Outcomes:
1. Partnership has been established (with one Partner subsititution - South Kerry Development Partnership instead of Clean Technology Centre, Ireland). 2. Three Partner meetings have been held to date, as well as a number of regional meetings, and a half dozen Skype sessions. 3.Project Web site has been operative since end of 2011, and has over 2... More...
Priority: 2. Sustainable development of natural and community resources
Objective: i. Environment as an asset in the periphery
Theme: Natural resources (forestry, hunting, mining), raw materials, alternative use of natural resources

Total Budget: € 1 466 710,23
Total Funding Request: € 860 767,95

Start Date: 01/03/2011
End Date: 28/04/2014

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