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Subsidies for energy efficiency measures in residential houses

Region: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
Implemented on: Regional level
Target group: Private building owners (grant recipients)


A subsidy for extraordinary maintenance leading to increased energy efficiency in residential houses. Examples for extraordinary maintenance that can be financed are retrofit of electrical installations, installation of solar thermal systems, photovoltaic systems or geothermal plants, installation of high efficiency boilers and adaptation the heating system, insulation of the building and replacement of doors and windows.


  • Contribute to the EU’s 20-20-20 targets and objectives of the EU Directive for energy buildings near zero in 2018/2020;
  • Improving in building in a safe and healthy way;
  • Search and apply sustainable building technologies from environmental, economic and social criteria;


€ 9.546.287 (2011) and € 20.558.508 (2012)


4308 measures (2011 and 2012) were financed. No indicators on energy saved available yet.

Lessons learnt:

This initiative was a great success in terms giving incentives to task professional SME’s with energy efficiency measures and thereby stimulating regional economy. But the programme could have been more effective in terms of reducing energy demand. There were no additional efforts – exceeding national limits in terms of energy savings or CO2 emissions reduction – required.


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