Belgrade (Serbia)

The SUPERSHINE Serbian case study is an example of socialist era social housing built in the 60’s for single tenants, workers, retired state employees etc. It is a tower block in the centre of Belgrade, comprising 13 floors with 72 apartment units, each ~20 m2.

The “social infrastructure” in the neighbourhood is also typical socialist era with health, educational and recreational facilities present.

The lighthouse district within the NEB principles


SUPERSHINE is building upon the financial analysis developed within the sister project SUPER-i.

SUPERSHINE is promoting adequate and well-targeted funding by supporting innovative financial solutions such as Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) while collaborating with innovative local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and proposing sustainable renovation, based on circular solutions, use and reuse of sustainable materials, and the integration of nature-based solutions while reducing whole life-cycle carbon emissions.

Additionally, SUPERSHINE One Stop Shop will interact with local businesses, innovative SMEs and services to harmonise the EE refurbishment at district level and in order to provide tailored information to all the relevant stakeholders. The planned intervention includes: higher energy efficiency of the building fabric, onsite generation and storage of renewable energy and smart grids.


The buildings have not been serviced and renovated, and are therefore in bad condition, with very poor energy performance. In general, these units have been sold to their inhabitants, who lack the means to retrofit the apartments. Their condition is representative of most ex-social housing in the country. Energy efficient retrofits and renewable energy use are planned through ESCOs or other external EE financial facilitation.


Residents in the district are retired elderly, dependent on retirement salaries, and public employees. The tenants are characterised by low income and financial capacity. Dorćol neighbourhood is a mix-use area with multi-apartment residential buildings and family housing areas, offices (Belgrade-owned DHS public company, Belgrade Greening Public Utility Company), primary and secondary schools, kindergartens (Kindergarten “Lipa”) and primary Healthcare facility “Ambulanta Dubrovacka”.


Lighthouse districts are in three cities: Trieste (Italy), Herning (Denmark) and Riga (Latvia).

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