July 1st, 2016
The network of the National Construction Technology Platforms or similar National organizations in different countries has issued its 9th newsletter, including contributions from:
• DG Growth on 4th meeting of the High Level Tripartite Strategic Forum for Construction
• CDTI (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness) on Eureka chair in 2016
• Knowledge Platform–Living Labs on Retrofitting of dwellings
• Hellenic NTP on past and upcoming events
• Poland NTP on 27th Technical Conference and upcoming events
• Portugal NTP on 5th Strategic PTPC Forum
• Spanish NTP on 12th PTEC conference and 7th PTEC workshop.
Download the newsletter here.
The next issue (newsletter No.10) will be published in November 2016.
June 15th, 2016
INFRARISK, an EU-funded project (2013-2016), brings together 11 members to develop a strategy to ensure that levels of infrastructure related risk due to natural hazards are acceptable.
The final conference organized on 29 September 2016 at Dragados venue in Madrid aims to communicate the results and outputs of the project. New research will be presented regarding the development of optimal stress testing techniques for European Critical Infrastructure, which focuses on potential impacts to the European TEN-T (road and rail) network due to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, floods, and landslides.
The event is free but registration is needed and limited to the capacity of the conference hall.
To register, send your full name along with the name of your institution/company/project and your contact
details via E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Access more information and the programme from INFRARISK website here.
June 7th, 2016
The following Horizon 2020 information days in the fields of transport and energy will be organised in 2016:
- 20 September 2016: Virtual information day on the Horizon 2020 work programme 2016-2017 ‘Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy’ will cover updates of the work programme. Participants will be able to follow the event online without registration, as well as to ask questions via mail and Twitter.
- 23 September: Horizon 2020 information day on smart cities and communities in Brussels. Compulsory registration for the event will open in June. The upcoming calls for proposals will be presented; the information day will also feature a networking event.
- 28 September: Information day on the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work programme ‘Smart, green and integrated transport’ in Brussels. Compulsory registration for the event will open in June. The upcoming calls for proposals will be presented; the information day will also feature a networking event.
- 3 October 2016: Horizon 2020 information day on smart grids and storage in Brussels. Compulsory registration for the event will open in June. The upcoming calls for proposals will be presented; the information day will also feature a networking event.
May 11th, 2016
Under the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME
) programme, the European Commission (DG GROW) has launched the European Construction Sector Observatory
(ECSO), a 3-year action from 2015 to 2017. ECSO aims to inform stakeholders and policymakers on the market conditions and policy developments in the construction in the 28 Members States.
The key objectives of the Observatory are to monitor market conditions and national strategies related to the 5 thematic priorities of Construction 2020 and to facilitate knowledge sharing and awareness on policy measures and initiatives having an impact on the value chain.
Regular analysis and comparative assessments will be published on the project website, comprising:
- Detailed Country Fact Sheets for each Member State
- A liste of policy measures implemented in EU countries to boost the construction sector
- Analytical reports providing socio-economic and environmental performance analysis of the construction sector and recommendations to foster the sector’s competitiveness
Full content on all of the 28 EU countries will be available in late 2016/early 2017.
More info available here.
May 1st, 2016
The construction sector is of strategic importance for many countries across the world. It delivers the buildings and infrastructure needed by the rest of the economy and society.
The European Commission (DG GROW) published in April 2016 the brochure ‘The European construction sector, a global partner’ to present an overview of how the construction sector plays an important role in the EU’s economies.
The brochure explains EU actions in the areas of job creation, resource efficiency and sustainability, marketing construction products, safety and health, public-private partnerships and international trade. The contractual public-private partnership Energy Efficient Building is also highlighted in the report.
For more information and to download the brochure, click here.
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 »