Last update: 23 August 2022

Buildings in the content of the Plan (extracted from the REC/E3G Croatian Country Profile)


Croatia’s NRRP comprises measures worth €6.3bn and allocates €798.4m (12.7%) to the renovation of buildings. €600m is programmed for the reconstruction of buildings damaged in earthquakes including their energy renovation (€23m for residential and €577m for public buildings), €134m are allocated for the wider energy renovation of buildings not affected by earthquakes (€40m for multi-unit buildings and €94m for public buildings), and €40m are set aside for the energy renovation of heritage buildings. A further €5.3m are assigned to skills development in the context of green jobs needed for post-earthquake reconstruction and energy renovation; €4m for increasing administrative efficiency and digitalisation of the renovation process; €2.7m for the introduction of a model green urban renewal strategies, green infrastructure pilots and circular economy projects; €1.6m for the establishment and implementation of systematic energy management and the development of new financing models; and €10.9m are allocated to the development of a seismological data network, including modernisation and integration of seismic data while €0.6 m are for modernization and integration of seismic data for the process of reconstruction and planning of future construction and monitoring of public infrastructure.

Read the full Croatian Country Profile here.

Disbursements’ timeline


  • 2021-09-28: The European Commission disbursed € 818 million in pre-financing to Croatia (13% of its financial allocation under the RRF, fully consisting of grants).
  • 2022-02-03: Croatia and the European Commission sign the Operational Arrangements.
  • 2022-03-16: Croatia submitted the first payment request of €700 million (net of pre-financing). This first payment request relates to 34 milestones covering several reforms.
  • 2022-05-10: The Commission published a positive preliminary assessment of the satisfactory fulfilment of all 34 milestones and targets.
  • 2022-06-28: The Commission disbursed the first payment of €700 million to Croatia.

Indicative timeline for future payment requests (based on the signed operational arrangements)


Payment Request for the First Instalment EUR 804.597.701 Q1 2022
Payment Request for the Second Instalment EUR 804.597.701 Q3 2022
Payment Request for the Third Instalment EUR 804.597.701 Q1 2023
Payment Request for the Fourth Instalment EUR 402.298.851 Q3 2023
Payment Request for the Fifth Instalment EUR 804.597.701 Q1 2024
Payment Request for the Sixth Instalment EUR 402.298.851 Q3 2024
Payment Request for the Seventh Instalment EUR 804.597.701 Q1 2025
Payment Request for the Eighth Instalment EUR 402.298.851 Q3 2025
Payment Request for the Ninth Instalment EUR 517.241.379 Q1 2026
Payment Request for the Tenth Instalment EUR 548.304.709 Q3 2026

Table of buildings' measures (categorised under their specific instalments)


Progress Measure Estimated Costs (EUR m) Milestone
Implemented C1.2. R1-I2: Number of companies receiving support for energy efficiency and renewable energy use in industry 60.9 50 contracts awarded to the beneficiary companies, following a public tender to support renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures in small, medium-sized and large enterprises.
In particular, implementation of energy efficiency and/or renewable energy measures shall lead to a minimum reduction of 20% in the energy consumption in production facilities. For energy renovation of buildings accompanying the production facility, which are exclusively linked to industrial or production processes, the implementation of measures shall lead to a minimum reduction of 40% of energy consumption.
Implemented Reform C6.1.R1: Adoption of national energy renovation programmes for (i) multi-dwelling buildings,(ii)  for buildings that have the status of a cultural good (both for the period 2021-30), and for (iii) energy poverty reduction in areas of special state concern (for the period 2021-25). -Publication on the official website of the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets.
-Publication of the programmes to encourage in-depth renovation of buildings, high-efficiency alternative systems and which shall pay particular attention to ensuring healthy indoor climate conditions, fire safety and risks related to increased seismic activity. A specific category of energy renovation of buildings with the status of a cultural asset that has not yet been included in energy renovation programmes for EU co-financing in Croatia shall be introduced.
-Publication of the energy poverty reduction programme in areas of special state concern, for the period 2021-2025, covering comprehensive renovation of buildings in assisted and special government care areas, capacity building to alleviate energy poverty, reduce end-use energy consumption and consequently reduce CO2 emissions from energy poor or vulnerable households.
Implemented Reform C6.1 R3: A physical one-stop-shop office for energy renovation and seismic reinforcement set up and operational 4

(part of)

The physical one-stop-shop office shall be developed and made operational in the earthquake-affected area to reduce the administrative burden for citizens. The investment shall include the adaptation and modernisation of the physical infrastructure at a location where one-stop shop shall be established, investments in online system development and maintenance services, investments in the functionality of the online system, training of staff, training of public authorities involved and promotion activities.
Progress Measure Estimated Costs (EUR m) Milestone
Unknown Reform C6.1.R1: Publication on the official website of the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets Adoption of the programme for the energy renovation of public sector buildings for the period 2021-2030, which includes a comprehensive renovation of public sector buildings including energy and resource efficiency measures while reducing the thermal needs and energy consumption of public buildings and increasing the use of RES and the consequent reduction of CO2 emissions.
Progress Measure Estimated Costs (EUR m) Milestone
Unknown C1.6. R1-I1: Launching public calls for the green and digital transition of existing public tourism infrastructure and the development of public tourism infrastructure beyond the main tourist and coastal areas 74.1 Publication of tender documentation for the green and digital transition of existing public tourism infrastructure and the development of public tourism infrastructure beyond the main tourist and coastal areas by Q3 2022.
Unknown Reform C6.1.R1: Publication on the official website of the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets   Contracts signed providing EUR 66 361 404 for energy renovation of buildings. All contracts to state the relevant energy efficiency requirement of a minimum reduction of energy consumption for heating by at least 50% compared to the annual energy consumption for heating prior to the renovation for each building (expect for building with a status of a cultural good), which shall deliver an increase of 30% primary energy savings compared to pre-renovation state
Unknown Reform C6.1 R2: Publication of the National Skills Development Plan in the context of green jobs related to energy efficiency and post-earthquake reconstruction 5.3

(part of)

The publication of the National Skills Development Plan that shall improve the skills of green jobs in the context of energy renovation, post-earthquake renovation, green infrastructure, application of nature-based solutions and circular management of space and building, based on a review of existing programmes and preparation and adaptation of educational programmes defined by the reform.
Unknown Reform C6.1 R3: On-line one-stop-shop for energy renovation and seismic reinforcement set up and operational 4

(part of)

Putting into operation of an on-line one-stop-shop system bringing together all the necessary information for energy renovation and post-earthquake reconstruction.
The one-stop-shop shall be implemented in two phases: (i) emergency services necessary for the urgent structural renovation and necessary restoration of damage in order to ensure a level of safety for citizens and facilities; (ii) integrating all other services and information needed for comprehensive and energy renovation with the services and information included for the ‘build back better’ concept.
Unknown C6.1. R4-I1: Seismic equipment units procured 10.9

(part of)

The investment shall strengthen the organisational and infrastructure capacity of the Seismological Survey of the Republic of Croatia through the purchase of at least 300 equipment units in order to increase the quality of the collection, processing and application of the seismic data needed for the renovation process of buildings, planning for the development of new facilities and monitoring of public infrastructure, as well as strengthening Croatia’s resilience to earthquakes and associated risks.
Progress Measure Estimated Costs (EUR m) Milestone
Unknown C1.5. R1-I1.b: Construction and equipping of logistic distribution centres for fruit and vegetables – Construction of the energy efficient logistics distribution centres 37.3 The 4 built Logistic Distribution Centres (LDC) shall include a refurbishment part intended for the reception of the product, cleaning, washing, sorting and packaging, as well as a storage part of suitable reception and storage capacity under chilling and long-term storage and a certain level of processing of the product. The measure concerns the construction of a new building, with a Primary Energy Demand (PED) that is at least 20% lower than the nearly zero energy building (NZEB).
Unknown C6.1 R6: Successfully completed systematic energy management pilot project with the aim to test a new energy efficiency renovation financing model 1.6 Following a public call, the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets in cooperation with Croatian Government Real Estate Agency shall implement a pilot project covering all energy and water consumption sectors in the pilot local government unit by setting up automatic data collection on energy and water consumption in multi-dwelling buildings in the selected pilot area.
The objective of the pilot project is to achieve energy and water savings by setting up and implementing systematic energy management and allow for the testing of the implementation possibilities of the new financing model for energy renovation of multi-dwelling buildings, including a cost-benefit analysis for its application at the national level.
On the basis of the pilot project guidelines on the application of the energy consumption management for multi-dwelling buildings model at national level shall be developed.
Progress Measure Estimated Costs (EUR m) Milestone
Unknown C2.5. R1-I5: Implementation of energy efficiency measures to renovate obsolete judicial authorities 10.5 Renovation of 20 judicial buildings shall be completed. The newly renovated buildings shall meet standards on rational energy use and thermal protection.  The investment concerns, on average, at least a medium-depth level renovation as defined in Commission Recommendation on Building Renovation (EU) 2019/786, resulting in achieving at least a 30% reduction of primary energy demand;  or, shall achieve, on average, at least a 30% reduction of direct and indirect GHG emissions compared to the ex-ante emissions. In addition, access to buildings shall be adapted to persons with disabilities and this adaptation shall be accompanied by compliance with fire and technical protection standards and the functional design of interiors. In this investment cycle, priority shall be given to the locations of judicial authorities in economically less developed parts of Croatia.
Progress Measure Estimated Costs (EUR m) Milestone
Unknown C2.6. R1-I4: Supporting efficiency in the fight against corruption and organised crime – renovation of buildings 2.7 The regional PN USKOK in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka and Osijek centres shall be renovated, fully digitalised and equipped with smart technology and up-to-date functional equipment thereby ensuring functional conditions for the work and accommodation of officials. Renovation also includes energy renovation of buildings, but the requirement to achieve a minimum of 30% of energy savings is not mandatory.
Unknown C6.1 R4: Modernisation and integration of seismic data for the renovation process and planning of future construction and monitoring of public infrastructure 0.7 Complete integration of seismic data (fault maps, seismic area maps, landslide susceptibility maps in appropriate resolutions etc.) into the spatial planning system and application to 10 expert pilot bases for local government units’ spatial plans. The results of the analysis of the seismic data may be used in the preparation of amendments to spatial plans or the creation of new spatial plans following the implementation of the reform.
Progress Measure Estimated Costs (EUR m) Milestone
Unknown C1.6. R1-I1: Full allocation per tender of the budget for the construction and adaptation of public tourism infrastructure according to eligibility criteria 74.1 Allocation by tender of 100% of the allocated budget for the construction and adaptation of public tourism infrastructure in accordance with the eligibility/selection criteria for the green and digital transition of existing public tourism infrastructure and the development of public tourism infrastructure outside the main tourist and coastal areas
Unknown C6.1 R6: Adoption of the guidelines for the application of a model for monitoring energy consumption in multi-dwelling buildings 1.6 The Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets shall adopt the guidelines for the application of a model for monitoring energy consumption in multi-dwelling buildings, based on the voluntary interest of owners of multi-dwelling buildings.
Progress Measure Estimated Costs (EUR m) Milestone
Unknown C1.5. R1-I1.b: Construction and equipping of logistic distribution centres for fruit and vegetables – Construction of the energy efficient logistics distribution centres 37.3 The 4 built Logistic Distribution Centres (LDC) shall include a refurbishment part intended for the reception of the product, cleaning, washing, sorting and packaging, as well as a storage part of suitable reception and storage capacity under chilling and long-term storage and a certain level of processing of the product. The measure concerns the construction of a new building, with a Primary Energy Demand (PED) that is at least 20% lower than the nearly zero energy building (NZEB).
Unknown C2.5. R1-I4: Project and implementation of the Zagreb Justice Square project to improve access to justice and efficiency of commercial procedures and administrative disputes 67.9 Conceptual, principal and implementation projects and resulting permits for the construction of the Justice Square in Zagreb shall be obtained, on the basis of which public tenders will be issued for the execution of the works of a building, professional supervision and project manager. Upon construction completion an Utilisation Permit has been obtained for one newly built building in the Justice Square. The investment concerns the construction of a new building, with a Primary Energy Demand (PED) that is at least 20% lower than the nearly zero energy building (NZEB).
Unknown C4.3. R3-I4: Construction and equipping of centres for the elderly (accommodation and services) – energy renovation 9.8 The construction and entry into operation of centres for the elderly shall create conditions for providing integrated care. On the basis of the data obtained from the analysis, provision is made for accommodation construction of eight centres for 800 beneficiaries exclusively for people who functionally entirely depend on institutional care and whose needs cannot be provided at home or community level. The locations of the elderly care centres shall be determined through a public call to allow cities and counties to participate in the building and equipping of centres for the older people, while the selection criteria shall be guided by the ability to ensure the sustainability of the investments, regional dimension to achieve even territorial capacity coverage, based on the mapping analysis.  All new constructions must be nearly zero-energy buildings under the Energy performance of buildings directive (EPBD), while the renovation of existing buildings should achieve on average, at least medium depth renovation, as defined in the Commission Recommendation on building renovation, or achieve on average at least a 30% reduction in direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions compared to ex-ante emissions. For all buildings, particular attention should be paid to ensuring healthy indoor climate conditions, fire safety and risks associated with increased seismic activity.
Unknown C6.1 R1-I1.a: Energy renovation of buildings – public buildings 94 Energy renovation of at least 288 000 m2 of public buildings in line with the co-financing contracts, achieving a minimum requirement of reducing energy consumption for heating by at least 50% compared to the annual energy consumption for heating prior to the renovation for each building, which shall deliver an increase of 30% primary energy savings compared to the pre-renovation state
Unknown C6.1 R1-I1.c.: Energy renovation of buildings – multi-dwelling buildings 121.7 Energy renovation of at least 180 000 m2 of  multi-dwelling buildings in line with the co-financing contracts, achieving a minimum requirement of reducing energy consumption for heating by at least 50% compared to the annual energy consumption for heating prior to the renovation for each building, which shall deliver an increase of 30% primary energy savings compared to the pre-renovation state
Unknown C6.1 R1-I2.a: Renovation of buildings damaged in earthquakes with energy renovation – public buildings 354.8 Energy and post-earthquake renovation of at least 274 000 m2 of public buildings damaged by the earthquakes (in the areas of the City of Zagreb, Krapina-Zagorje County, Zagreb County, Sisak-Moslavina County and Karlovac County) completed in line with the co-financing contracts, achieving a minimum requirement of reducing energy consumption for heating by at least 50% compared to the annual energy consumption for heating prior to the renovation for each building (except for buildings with a status of a cultural good), which shall deliver an increase of 30% primary energy savings compared to the pre-renovation state
Unknown C6.1 R1-I2.b: Renovation of buildings damaged in earthquakes with energy renovation – multi-dwelling buildings 245.2 Energy and post-earthquake renovation of at least 45 000 m2 of  multi-dwelling buildings damaged by the earthquakes (in the areas of the City of Zagreb, Krapina-Zagorje County, Zagreb County, Sisak-Moslavina County and Karlovac County) completed in line with the co-financing contracts, achieving a minimum requirement of reducing energy consumption for heating by at least 50% compared to the annual energy consumption for heating prior to the renovation for each building (except for buildings with a status of a cultural good), which shall deliver an increase of 30% primary energy savings compared to the pre-renovation state
Unknown C6.1 R1-I3: Energy renovation of buildings with a status of a cultural good 40 Energy renovation of at least 31 000 m2 of buildings with the status of cultural goods, achieving on average an increase of 30% primary energy savings, with a minimum requirement of 20% for each building, compared to the pre-renovation state.
The investment involves the preparation and implementation of open calls for proposals for drafting documentation and carrying out energy renovation works for buildings with the status of a cultural good for public and cultural purposes. The programme covers two categories of buildings: individually protected cultural goods (individual buildings and building assemblies) and buildings located within a protected cultural and historical unit.
Unknown Reform C6.1 R2: Completed training and adult education programme for post-earthquake reconstruction and energy renovation 5.3

(part of)

500 persons shall complete adult education programmes for post-earthquake renovation and energy renovation certified by Public Open University Zagreb/Croatia Employment Service/other relevant bodies.
Unknown Reform C6.1 R2: Completed expert studies and education programmes in the field of sustainable urban development and renovation of cultural heritage 5.3

(part of)

50 persons shall complete expert studies and education programmes in the field of sustainable urban development and renovation of cultural heritage, certified by the Faculty of Architecture/Faculty of Forestry/other relevant bodies.
Unknown Reform C6.1 R3: Completed training for public employees for providing one-stop-shop services for energy efficiency and post-earthquake reconstruction 4

(part of)

At least 80 public employees trained to provide high-quality services combining energy efficiency and post-earthquake reconstruction. Of that, at least 40 employees of the one-stop-shop to get training on various aspects of reconstruction, especially on the removal of administrative barriers in the implementation of reconstruction activities, and the use of the on-line platform. Another at least 40 employees of implementing public institutions to get training on the administrative and technical aspects of the reconstruction and working on the on-line platform.
Unknown C6.1. R4-I1: Hiring and training of Seismological Survey experts 10.9

(part of)

Hiring of 9 additional experts in the Seismological Survey of the Republic of Croatia, whose wages will be financed by the state budget after the expiry of the RRF, and completed training for collecting, processing and analysing of seismic data on the territory of Croatia.

All information has been extracted from the Study: “E3G. (2021). Renovate2Recover: How transformational are the National Recovery Plans for Buildings Renovation?” and the European Commission’s Recovery and Resilience Scoreboard.