Basque Integrated Renovation model (Opengela): enabling a fair, clean energy Transition through a Unique network of One-Stop-Shops


Opengela is a project aiming to extend urban regeneration in the Basque Country, a network of neighbourhood offices providing advice and support to neighbours as a One-Stop-Shop. The objective is to improve the quality of life in cities through urban regeneration.

The Opengela model has been supported by the European Commission since its origin. First, through the Horizon 2020 programme, which financed the HIROSS4all project between 2019 and 2023; now, through the LIFE programme, which promotes the BIRTUOSS project which will run until 2026


The main objective of BIRTUOSS is to improve and exptend Opengela’s integrated urban regeneration model, reaching out to a larger group of homeowners. This requires setting up partnerships with local actors, designing a sustainable model and extending the service to cover the whole Basque region.

BIRTUOSS intends to focus on neighbourhood interventions that include the rehabilitation of multi-family buildings and the improvement of their energy performance, based on the experience gained with the HIROSS4all project, and to scale up its scope by incorporating other measures to improve the conditions of urban areas through the integrated use of environmental, social and economic measures, extending the model to all Basque municipalities and their neighbourhoods.

Date: September 2023 – August 2026


LIFE-2022-CET-HOMERENO Integrated Home Renovation Services.


Coordinartion | Departamento de Planificación Territorial y Urbanismo, Vivienda y Transporte, Gobierno Vasco.
Partner entitiens at national and European level | Ente Vasco de la Energía (EVE), Build Inn (Eraikune-Cluster de la construcción), Grupo de Investigación CAVIAR (UPV-EHU), Viviendas Municipales de Bilbao, GNE Finance, Asociación de Industrias de Conocimiento y Tecnología del País Vasco (GAIA), EDE Fundazioa, Cíclica Arquitectura, Aclima, Gabineteseis, Fedarene, Green Building Council España ( GBCE) y Zabala Innovation.