Target Groups and Key Actors
In the context of building construction and buildings renovation a broad group of parties is involved ranging from policy makers, building owners and users, investors, building constructors and planners as well as industries and services providing the technologies used in the buildings. The ENTRANZE project mainly targeted two groups of this broad spectrum, with a clear focus on policy makers. In the following they are defined precisely and their involvement in the proposed action is explained:
- Local, regional, national and EU Policy Makers - The key objective of the action was to develop and implement policies to enforce the transition to nearly zero energy buildings. Therefore the main target group of the ENTRANZE project are policy makers responsible in the field of buildings construction, buildings performance and energy consumption of buildings at all different levels from EU wide to national, regional and local. They were involved into the project via expert consultations, policy group meetings and workshops in different phases of the project. The crucial benefits of ENTRANZE for this target group are a tailor-made, scientifically supported policy development and implementation process as well as an enforced exchange between EU, national, regional and local bodies. The relevant political responsibilities in the context of this action vary from country to country. The international consortium (nine different countries) and its good contacts to policy makers at all relevant levels (see key actors) ensures intensive integration of this main target group.
- Architects, building constructors, energy efficiency and RES technology industry - The second target group of the ENTRANZE project were the businesses related to planning and construction of buildings. Namely these are architects, building constructors and the industries and services providing the energy-related technologies used in the buildings like heating and cooling, lighting, ventilation as well as the insulation materials and technologies. They were integrated into the project via expert consultations, workshops and dissemination of results and benefited mainly by influencing the policy design addressing the special needs of their businesses.
The key actors that showed great interest in the project and whose involvement has added value in the policy development and integration process are outlined below:
- Local, regional, national and EU Policy Makers - During the project close contact to policy makers ensured political feasibility and the implementation of the developed and investigated policy packages.
- Associations of buildings professionals - Representing the second target group of ENTRANZE associations of buildings professionals contributed to designing policy packages that are supported by the respective industries.
- Energy and Environmental Agencies - National as well as regional and local energy and environmental agencies supported the project with their experiences in the realisation of regional and local policy programmes and ensured a purposive dissemination of the results through their broad networks.