Faro - École de Baulon - Chantier terre-paille [François Dantart / Topophile]
Creator: François Dantart

NEB|LAB ECO²-SCHOOLS capitalizes on five eco-renovation educational building projects that are currently in progress. By building on the concept of Open Schooling the selected pilot sites will develop concrete and replicable climate action plans to be transformed into innovation hubs in their communities, raising citizen awareness activities to facilitate social innovation, promote education and training for sustainability, conducive to competencies and positive behaviour for a resource-efficient and environmentally respectful energy use.

The process will be guided and supported by the NEBLAB Chamber of Quality, an innovative partnership scheme that brings together unique expertise (including architects and landscape designers, technology and solutions providers, financial bodies and local stakeholders).

The central outcome of this process will be a Roadmap to zero-energy and energy positive educational buildings and will help lead the way to a fundamental shift: from buildings as consumers of energy to buildings as producers of energy.

The pilot sites are:

  1. University College Cork, Ireland
  2. Eco²Campus Microville Durable, Grand Reims, France
  3. Ciência Viva “Pavilhão do Conhecimento”, Lisbon, Portugal
  4. Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket, Stockholm, Sweden
  5. Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Athens, Greece


To empower citizens to act on sustainability, the environment, and climate change. In the context of the new Education for Climate Coalition, the vision is to develop innovative Climate Action plans for the eco-renovation of 5 Educational Buildings in the European Union, empowering neighbourhoods in transition with 3 generations.
The common feature in all pilot sites will be a by-product of the desire to create a building that inspires forward-looking, inquiry-based learning, and a sense of ownership among students and building stakeholders alike. The vision is for the school, the university, as well as the science centre environment to help fuel the student body’s enthusiasm for learning, promoting engagement with peers, teachers, and even the building itself.
A final ambition for systemic change is that by 2025 the project has gained the involvement of +150 “follower schools”, that will start developing their own climate-neutral renovation Green Action Plans

ECO2SCHOOLS as New European Bauhaus Labs: Objective

Between 2023-2025 the project will demonstrate that under these conditions, educational organizations (schools, universities, science centres) can act as drivers for the development of green neighbourhood “living labs” by designing project-based, experiential learning led by schools with parents, local businesses, the wider community based on pilot sites.

ECO²SCHOOLS as New European Bauhaus Labs: The Approach

  1. Demonstrate that educational buildings can become enablers of the New European Bauhaus
  2. Propose ways of learning or gaining knowledge and/or the education and pedagogical focus for effective integration of these topics into the curriculum
  3. Develop and deliver the pathway on how schools can become a physical place of education and knowledge 
  4. Re-consider the relationship of the schools with the local communities as hubs of innovation towards the green transition and sustainable development (Co-design, LLs)

Public deliverables

Pilot Site Use Cases

The document provides an overview of the five Pilot Sites renovation plans, status and key success factors. (WP2)

Green Action Plans and KPIs

The document will describe the Green Action Plan of each of the pilot sites, the related KPIs and the rationale for their definitions. It will also describe barriers and opportunities in each pilot site (WP2)

Localised Implementation Plans and Strategies

The documents will describe a climate-responsive design approach that strives to design for efficiency while simultaneously satisfying or enabling the achievement of all project goals. (WP4)

Roadmap to zero-energy and energy-positive educational buildings

This deliverable will describe the roadmap for advanced energy design for educational buildings based on the Climate Action Plans of the pilot sites (WP3)

Social Value Framework and Self-Reflection Tools

This deliverable will include an evidence-based Tool-Kit to assess the Social Value of the retrofit and the Climate Action Plans along with Self-ReflectionTools to assess the openness of the building organisation to its local community (WP5)

Lessons Learnt

The outcome of the process will offer an overview of the overall implementation and its impact on the communities which were involved in the operation of the demonstration sites (WP5)

Exploitation Plan

The Exploitation Plan will detail opportunities for the continuation of the operation of the Chamber of Quality as a service for educational building stakeholders (WP6)

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