The first innovation ecosystem about building

21 companies co-create sustainable citizen-centric & smart building solutions.

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co.building unites the willing to leverage building innovations
and rethink the way we live and work.

What does the future of offices look like? Will teleworking become a more integrated part of our activities? How can we substantially increase the renovation rate in Belgium in order to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to Europe’s climate-neutral goals? How to leverage existing and new data to improve the user experience as well as the maintenance, security and facility of the buildings? At co.building, we are driven by the will to boost the built environment in finding sustainable solutions, according to the evolving needs of society.

New Ways of Working & Living

How might we offer hybrid working and meeting solutions integrating main-, satellite- and home-office that optimizes the use of new empty spaces while considering the wellbeing and the feeling of belonging of workers in the framework of increased home-working?


User-Centric & Smart Buildings

How might we leverage existing and new data to improve the user experience as well as sustainability, maintenance, security, and facility?


Renovation Plan & Energy Performance

How might we conceive financing models/contractual framework for sustainable deep renovation and propose a viable alternative to demolition and reconstruction?


Lifecycle Building

How might we enable the re-use of products, components, materials and fittings, during professional space design, focused on durability and adaptability?


Our founders

“We are very proud to be founding partner of this new ecosystem. co.building is an extension of our strategy. Together with our partners we want to innovate in the field in order to shape tomorrow’s hybrid world of work in a smart, progressive and sustainable way.”

Benoît De Blieck

Chief Executive Officer - Chairman of the Management Board , Befimmo SA/NV

“BNP Paribas Fortis, as one of the major employers in Belgium, wants to continue to be a forerunner in the changing world of working. As a founding partner, we are delighted to announce the launch of the co.building ecosystem, alongside many other valuable partners. In the next months, we will take up our role in this new ecosystem in order to build further on important questions related to digitisation, sustainability, the optimal facilitation of team work and the adherence of all staff to the purpose and values of their organisation.”

Max Jadot

Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO, BNP Paribas Fortis

21 companies and 15 building experts

Founding Partners

  1. Befimmo
  2. BNP Paribas Fortis


  1. Buzzynest
  2. BPI Real Estate
  3. CFE Contracting
  4. Engie Solutions
  5. Extensa
  6. Genievision (by AGC Glass Europe)
  7. KONE Belgium & Luxembourg
  8. Pirnay Group
  9. Régie des Bâtiments / Regie der Gebouwen
  10. SD Worx
  11. Securitas 
  12. SNCB / NMBS


  1. i.Leco
  2. JuuNoo
  3. Neanex
  4. Serendipia.Life
  5. SIA Architects
  6. Trigrr
  7. Working in Brûsel

+ Knowledge Partners

  1. Agoria
  2. BBRI / CSTC
  3. Confédération de la Construction de Bruxelles-Capitale/Confederatie Bouw Brussel-Hoofdstad
  4. PropTech Lab
  5. Smart Campus (ULB)
  6. Smart Cities Institute (ULiège)
  7. UAntwerpen
  8. Université St Louis / ICHEC
  9. UPSI
  10. Vibe
  11. VUB

Our result-oriented program leads to sustainable citizen-centric & smart building solutions.

The program leads to 5 novel ideas of which 3 are chosen for prototyping, with extensive market validation. At the end of the program, the ecosystem launches start-ups, joint ventures, IP or consortium on the market. The 1-year co.building program follows Nova Reperta Innovation’s proven methodology inspired by open innovation, co-creation and agile.



From founders to members & challenges



From a challenge to solutions



From solutions to prototype

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