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    ECTP Conference (17-18 November 2016, Brussels)

    August 10th, 2016

    The 7th ECTP open conference is organised at the Centre for fine arts (23 Rue Ravenstein, 1000  Brussels) on 17-18 November 2016.

    The event will be dedicated to present and discuss current and anticipated innovation in the built environment field. Plenary sessions with high-level speakers from academia, industry and the European Commission will introduce the global scheme and visions from various stakeholders. Meanwhile, thematic parallel sessions will address diverse specific issues under the five current challenges of the ECTP.

    A hall for booths and posters will exhibit examples of innovation expected from European projects.

    ECTP Members benefit from reduced fees with a code to be asked by email to conference@ectp.org before registering online.

    More information and registration on the Conference website here.

    The EU construction industry in the first quarter of 2016

    July 31st, 2016

    Comparing data for the first quarter of 2015 and 2016, it can be found that production in the EU construction sector grew by 1% thanks to investments aimed at construction of new buildings. At the same time, the number of m2 of useful floor area in residential, non-residential and office buildings which got permits in EU countries increased by 2%, however this indicator is lower than at the end of 2015.

    Access more information from ASM website here.

    Source: ASM – Market Research and Analysis Centre, asm-poland.com.pl

    Construction NTPs network Newsletter No.9 has been published

    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.

    INFRARISK Project Final Conference (Madrid, 29 September 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 info@infrarisk-fp7.eu

    Access more information and the programme from INFRARISK website here.

    Save the date for the next H2020 Infodays in the fields on transport and energy in 2016

    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.

    European Construction Sector Observatory

    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.

    The European construction sector: A global partner

    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.

    Open public consultationon the impact of EU legislation on the construction sector

    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.

    2016 Update version EeB PPP Project Review

    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



    Construction NTPs network: Newsletter No 8

    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.

    ENCORD Council Meeting March 2016 in Porto

    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 »

    REFINET newsletter nº2

    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

    Call on Smart and Sustainable Cities for demostration projects

    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.

    Shift2Rail launches first calls for projects worth €170 million

    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.

    Public consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

    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