April 11th, 2016
Under the REFIT Programme (Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme), the European Commission has launched a Fitness Check of the construction sector aiming at assessing the impacts, both positive and negative, of EU legislation on the sector
The Fitness Check involves a comprehensive, evidence-based assessment of whether the current regulatory framework is proportionate and fit for purpose, and delivering as expected.
Specifically, it assesses the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and EU added value of the legislative framework.
The Fitness Check focuses on 15 EU legislative texts in the policy fields of Internal Market, Energy Efficiency, Environment and Health & Safety. It analyses those provisions within these EU texts that may impact the construction sector.
In this context, an open public consultation has been launched to gather experience, views and opinions of interested stakeholders and the public on the impact of current EU legislation for the construction sector.
The consultation is open to all interested stakeholders and the public. Deadline is 20 June 2016.
You are invited to reply to the Open public consultation, please access it here.
April 3rd, 2016
The fifth edition of the EeB PPP Project Review has been published. This yearly publication presents the progress of 110 co-funded projects within the EeB PPP under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and 17 new co-funded projects under the Horizon 2020 programme for 2014.
This new edition highlights current results and achieved or potential impact of the EeB PPP projects. The projects demonstrate scientific and technological excellence, across all levels, from early stage conception to demonstration of almost ready-to-market innovations. Distributed into 7 technology-clusters defined according to the construction-related research and innovation value chain from the EeB PPP Roadmap (Design, Technology Building Blocks, Advanced materials and nanotechnology, Construction process, Energy performance monitoring & management, ICT and BIM), they illustrate the diverse innovation approaches and the importance of embracing all aspects of the building and construction sectors.
Download the Project Review EeB_PPP_Project_Review_2016
March 11th, 2016
PTEC has just publised the 8th issue of the newsletter of the network of the National Construction Technology Platforms or similar National organizations in different countries, including contributions from:
* ECTP on the Active Ageing & Design Committee
* ENCORD on the Council meeting
* Germany on STUVA conference, ECO-SEE workshop, SC5 consultation, 32nd International WTA-Colloquium, EU Brokerage Event on KET in H2020 and GCTP-FACH meeting
* Portugal on Road Paving Solutions for Tropical Climates
* Spain on PTEC Working Groups and on REFINET CSA.
Download the newsletter NTPs Network Newsletter 8
The next issue is planned for June 2016.
March 8th, 2016
The ENCORD Council Meeting was held on 1-2 March 2016 in Porto, Portugal, hosted by Teixeira Duarte. 31 participants from 18 member companies attended the meeting.
The main themes taken up in the meeting were:
- The first part of the meeting was focused on Digitalization: Impact in Construction:
Dra. Isabel da Rosa, Director of the Portuguese Institute of Public Markets Real Estate and Construction gave an overview of the Portuguese Model of Electronic Public-procurement.
Engº José Carlos Lino, the CEO of NEWTON shown the presentation: BIM and ICT: the new Construction challenge.
Laura Tordera, Secretary General of ENCORD updated the ENCORD and WEF agreement in the framework of Future of Construction project.
A workshop took place led by ENCORD Board. Key topics were identified and the group was split in smaller groups. There were some fruitful discussions. Read the rest of this entry »
March 5th, 2016
The second issue of REFINET newsletter has been published.
This Newsletter No.2 includes four sections:
- REFINET progress with a summary of the recent work achieved in the project.
- Innovation activities on transport infrastructures within REFINET community, with contributions from Dragados and Tecnalia.
- Coordination with projects and networks. Information on REFINET and ECTP at TRA 2016, on REFINET, FOX and USE-it CSAs and on Construction NTPs network is included.
- News on R&I in transport infrastructures.
It is available for download here REFINET Newsletter No.2
February 1st, 2016
The “Smart and Sustainable Cities
” cross-cutting focus area has a clear aim to bring together cities, industry and citizens to demonstrate solutions and business models that can be scaled up and replicated, and that lead to measurable benefits in energy and resource efficiency, new markets and new jobs. The scope includes the creation of urban spaces powered by secure, affordable and clean energy, smart electro-mobility, smart tools and services, innovative nature-based solutions
and showcasing economic viability.
The following calls have a deadline on 8 March 2016 at 17:00 (Brussels time):
- SCC-02-2016-2017: Demonstrating innovative nature-based solutions in cities
- SCC-03-2016: New governance, business, financing models and economic impact assessment tools for sustainable cities with nature-based solutions (urban re-naturing)
- SCC-04-2016: Sustainable urbanisation.
Access more information on these calls and the Submission Service on the participant portal here.
January 4th, 2016
Shift2Rail, the Joint Undertaking backed by the Commission and the rail industry, has published its first calls for proposals, endowed with €170 million to support innovation in railways. The Commission will contribute €90 million, with the other €80 million being brought by the members of Shift2Rail. In order to be funded, projects will have to demonstrate their ability to increase the quality, reliability and punctuality of rail services while cutting its costs and facilitating cross-border travel.
More information on the calls and access to the relevant documents are available from the EC website.
January 3rd, 2016
The purpose of this consultation opened by the EC on December 22, 2015 until March 18, 2016 is to gather views on the challenges faced by all persons with disabilities in the European Union and on the impact so far of the European Disability Strategy (2010-2020).
Any citizen (EU citizens and citizens from a country outside the EU), organisation and public authority may participate in the on-line consultation available on EU Survey.
Go to the consultation page here
December 10th, 2015
REFINET is a Coordination Support Action CSA funded by the European Commission whose objective is to create a sustainable network that integrates the relevant stakeholder representatives of all the transport modes and transport infrastructure sectors in order to create a shared European vision of how the multi-modal European transport infrastructure network of the future should be specified, designed, built or renovated, and maintained.
CSA has recently issued its first newsletter, organized in four sections:
A first section of this Newsletter includes contributions on REFINET presentation by CSTB as coordinator, on REFINET background by Dragados as leader of ECTP Infrastructure & Mobility Committee (previously reFINE Initiative) and on REFINET WP3 progress by Tecnalia as coordinator of this WP.
A second section includes background information on research and innovation activities in the field of transport infrastructures by two REFINET partners: Arup and D’Applolonia.
A third section includes information on coordination activities between three CSAs in Transport (REFINET, FOX and USE-it) by FEHRL and on the workshop with REFINET partners and experts from NTPs (October 21st, 2015) by PTEC.
Finally, a fourth section summarizes some news in the field of research and innovation on transport infrastructures.
The newsletter is available here
November 12th, 2015
TRA2016 (Transport Research Arena)
will take place on 18-21 April 2016 in Warsaw. The TRA is the most important European conference on transport research, focusing on all of the research fields of the transport system. The conference’s topics address the main challenges in transport and mobility of people and goods, with respect to energy, environment, safety and security and the economy issues. Results of the latest research on: road, rail, waterborne, cross-modal transport and airports will be presented and discussed on the Arena.
The topics of the conference are: Read the rest of this entry »
November 12th, 2015
Find below some information on the life within ENCORD – workshops, Council meetings, etc. Enjoy your look around!
October 7th, 2015
The ENCORD Council Meeting was held on 5-6 October 2015 at ITER project in Cadarache, France. 14 participants from 12 member companies attended the meeting.
The main themes taken up in the meeting were:
- Presentation of ITER: General presentation of the ITER project, ITER Organization, explanation about thermonuclear fusion, industrial organization, with a focus on logistic and heavy transports by a representative of ITER Organization.
- Presentation of Tokamak: Presentation of the Tokamak project under its civil works aspects, by Frederic Sciblo, Vinci-Ferrovial site manager, and Oriol Ribas. Focus on the engineering dimensions and management of the permanent redefinition of the project.
- Site visit to the ITER project: ITER is Read the rest of this entry »
August 28th, 2015
Submissions are invited to become a member of the EeB-CA2 expert group.
EeB-CA2 is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) which aims at providing the right set of instruments, supporting technology-clustering and geo-clustering upon the whole set of EeB PPP EC-funded projects. Its primary ambition consists in enhancing and rationalising coordinated and broader dissemination, technology transfer and future exploitation activities of clustered projects, so as to help them better promoting and marketing their achievements and deliverables. Further details on the project website at http://www.e2b-clusters.eu/.
The aim of this call is to setup a group of high-level experts from outside the EeB PPP EC-funded projects to support the following EeB-CA2 activities: Read the rest of this entry »
August 27th, 2015
The ENCORD Health and Safety working group met 20th and 21st April 2015 in Amstetten (Austria), and was hosted by Doka.
11 participants from 9 companies attended the workshop.
The meeting included:
- Presentation by participants;
- Presentation of best practice examples including discussion;
- Presentation of the participant’s H&S data according to the ENCORD KPI guide;
- Safety@Doka event.
ENCORD would like to thank the host Doka and especially Dr. Ludwig (Board Member DOKA), Johann Peneder, Helmut Weißengruber and their team for hosting this excellent and very well organized meeting and Safety@Doka event at the exhibition room.
The next ENCORD Health & Safety Platform meeting will be hosted by Strabag/ Züblin on 6th/7th April 2016 hosted by Strabag/Züblin in Germany.