Become a Replication City

The SINFONIA cities are making their expertise available to others through the "Replication Cluster", a joint initiative of the EU-GUGLE ( and SINFONIA projects that aims to share the experiences of eight demonstration cities and seven "early adopter cities". Together, they offer peer to peer support to other cities and communities interested in implementing their own district-scale refurbishment strategies towards greater energy efficiency.



Is your city looking for smart district refurbishment solutions ? Join our Replication Cluster! 


By joining the EU-GUGLE and SINFONIA Replication Cluster, your city can:

  • Become part of a community of like-minded cities and take part in replication events with its peers;
  • Access tested knowledge on all aspects of large scale and integrated refurbishment (technical, social, financial, political…)
  • Have its district refurbishment master plan reviewed by a more experienced city, and/or review the plan of another city;
  • Engage in technical visits both in your city and in one of the demonstration cities of EU-GUGLE and SINFONIA.


Should your city join the Replication Cluster, it will immediately become a “Replication Cluster City” and will be invited to upcoming replication activities, such as the Replication Cluster Kick-off event, which is due to take place on the 27thMay 2015 in Bolzano, Italy, and will launch cooperation with the Replication Cluster cities.


How to join the replication cluster


Interested municipalities are invited to sign an Expression of Interest by which they commit to support the objectives of the EU-GUGLE and SINFONIA projects, to appoint a contact person for future exchanges and communication, and to engage in at least two replication activities by 2019.

To join, please complete the template here attached and send a signed copy to  or directly to the following address:


Greenovate! Europe
Rue d’Arlon 63-67
1040 Bruxelles, Belgium




Smart Cities projects involved


The Replication Cluster is the main channel through which the cumulative experiences of the pilot cities involved in SINFONIA and EU-GUGLE will be shared with other cities and communities, and aims to support their efforts in developing and implementing their own district-scale refurbishment strategies.


The EU-GUGLE project ( sets out to demonstrate the feasibility of nearly-zero energy building renovation models in view of triggering large-scale, Europe -wide replication in smart cities and communities by 2020. Over the 5 years of the projects, the cities of Vienna (AT), Aachen (DE), Milan (IT), Sestao (ES), Tampere (FI), Bratislava (SK), Gothenburg (SE) and Plovdiv (BG) will join efforts to combine the latest research results relevant to smart renovation of groups of buildings at district level and use this knowledge to renovate 226,000m² of living space. The project was launched in April 2013 and is coordinated by CENER, Spain’s National Centre for Renewable Energies.


The SINFONIA project ( aims to deploy large-scale, integrated and scalable energy solutions in the two pioneer cities of Bolzano (IT) and Innsbruck (AT). This will be done by combining the retrofitting of more than 100,000m² of living surface, optimisation of the electricity grid, and solutions for district heating and cooling, with the aim of achieving 40 to 50% primary energy savings and increasing the share of renewables by 20% in two pioneer districts. In order to ensure the scalability and transferability of the deployed solutions, the cities of La Rochelle (FR), Rosenheim (DE), Pafos (CY), Seville (ES) and Borås (SE) are also actively involved in the project as ‘early adopter’ cities. Launched in June 2014, SINFONIA is set to run until May 2019 and is coordinated by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.



Discover the Replication Cities

Contact and information

Martin Stroleny

Replication Cluster Manager