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    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



    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.

    ENCORD Health and Safety Workshop April 2015

    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.

    Thank you
    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.

    Next meeting
    The next ENCORD Health & Safety Platform meeting will be hosted by Strabag/ Züblin on 6th/7th April 2016 hosted by Strabag/Züblin in Germany.

    ENCORD Environmental Sustainability Meeting March 2015

    April 2nd, 2015

    The ENCORD Environmental Sustainability met on 11 March 2015 in Stuttgard, Germany. The workshop was organized by Zublin / Strabag.

    The meeting included:

    - Züblin / Strabag’s presentation.
    - GRI 4, Integrated Reporting, CDP: influencing policy, ratings and rankings.
    - The new EU directive on non-financial reporting coming up: what does that mean for our companies.
    - The new EU commission sustainability strategy, Sustainability Development Goals (SDG’s) and COP Paris 2015: how will that translate to our business development and innovation.
    - EU Pilot project – Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) by Dr David Harget (Uponor)

    Thank you
    ENCORD VCP would like to thank the host Zublin / Strabag for making this excellent meeting possible.

    ENCORD Environmental Sustainability Meeting February 2014

    February 15th, 2014

    Experts from ENCORD member companies met on 4 February 2014, hosted by Vinci in Paris, France.

    17 participants from 14 member companies attended the workshop.

    The main topics of the meeting were:

    - Feedback from Council Meeting and Three Year Plan.

    - Outputs from last Council meeting discussed.

    - Key work areas agreed as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

    ENCORD Environmental Sustainability Meeting October 2013

    October 4th, 2013

    Experts from ENCORD member companies met on 1st October 2013, hosted by FCC in Madrid, Spain.

    23 participants from 13 member companies attended the workshop to discuss:

    - Introduction to FCC.
    - Actions from Previous Meeting:
           • ENCORD Waste Measurement Protocol
           • Waste CO2e conversion factors
           • Water measurement Protocol
           • ENCORD Sustainability Charter
           • BIM and sustainability.
    - Chemsec Presentation – Chemsec (International Chemical Secretariat).
    - Presentation on Swedish project on Assessment of Environmental Performance EN 15978, and Environmental Product Declarations EN 15804.
    - ISO/TC59/SC17/WG5 and CEN/TC350/WG6 both working on the sustainability of Civil Engineering Works.
    - Open House Biodiversity Indicators.

    The agenda for the next meeting 4th February 2014 – To be hosted by Vinci in Paris will include: Read the rest of this entry »

    Construction Waste Measurement Protocol

    June 25th, 2013

    Construction Waste Measurement ProtocolThe following measurement protocol document has been developed by the members of ENCORD (European Network of Construction Companies for Research and Development), along with partners from other like-minded worldwide construction organisations, and details the methodology for the measurement and reporting of waste from construction activities. The document also supplements the ENCORD Construction CO2e Measurement Protocol, as the data produced can be used for the calculation of Scope 3 CO2e emissions for emission source 10.

    Guidance is provided on how to measure waste arisings, and reuse, recycling and recovery from construction, demolition and excavation on construction projects, as well as waste from construction company premises, with a view that companies will report their waste production publicly. The document identifies the scope and recommended levels of waste reporting, and also requires users to identify the disposal routes for the construction waste produced. The document is also intended to assist companies in reducing waste production from specific construction related activities from current and future work undertaken.

    This document will be updated from time to time to take account of any new standards or changes to current methodologies.

    Click here to download the Protocol.

    ENCORD Environmental Sustainability Meeting May 2013

    June 4th, 2013

    On the 21 May 2013 Environmental Sustainability Experts from ENCORD companies met in Stockholm, hosted by Skanska.
    20 participants from 11 member companies attended the workshop.
    Topics of the meeting included:
    -       Skanska Introduction Movie
    -       ENCORD Waste Measurement Guide
    -       Feedback from BIM Group Discussions
    -       Waste CO2e Conversion Factors
    -       Water Measurement
    -       ENCORD Sustainability Charter
    -       Update to the Construction CO2e Protocol
    -       Future Work Areas
    There were four presentations: Read the rest of this entry »

    ENCORD Environmental Sustainability Meeting February 2013

    February 20th, 2013

    Experts from ENCORD member companies met on 12nd February  2013, hosted by BAM in London, UK: 

    ENCORD Waste Measurement Protocol:
        – Discussion on the various comments of the ENCORD Waste Measurement Protocol.
        – Waste CO2e conversion factors
    Presentation – SuPerBuildings FP7 EU Project:    
        - Presentation and discussion on the SuPerBuildings FP7 EU Project.
    Presentation – FCC Waste Measurement:
        – Scope of measurement.
        - Data collection technique.
        - Importance of reporting.
     Presentation – Skanska
        - 2015 target of less than 2% of waste to landfill.
        - All data collected by the project and collated at the business unit.
        - SkanskaHouse: 99% waste diverted form landfill, 35% less energy.
    Presentation- BAM BIM:
        - Sustainability advantages of BIM:
                 Reducing waste, materials efficiency, and carbon savings.

    The agenda for the next meeting Tuesday 21st May 2013, to be held at Skanska offices, Sweden will include: Read the rest of this entry »

    ENCORD Environmental Sustainability Meeting October 2012

    October 17th, 2012

    Experts from ENCORD member companies met on 9th October 2012, hosted by Acciona at their R&D Technological Centre in Madrid to discuss:
    - the work on the ENCORD Waste Measurement Protocol,
    - the CO2e emissions factors proposal being discussed with WRAP in the UK as a possible addition to the ENCORD CO2e Protocol,
    - Experience of Measuring Waste and Carbon with best practice presentation by Acciona and Uponor,
    - Communication Strategy for ENCORD CO2e Protocol Communication
    - Memorandum of Understanding with European GBC
    - BIM and Waste Reduction and embodied CO2e

    The agenda for the next meeting will include Read the rest of this entry »

    Breakthrough CO2e protocol launched for the world’s construction sector

    June 18th, 2012

    A CO2e protocol assisting construction companies around the world to measure and report their carbon emissions has been launched by the European construction industry.

    The CO2e protocol was developed by the members of ENCORD – the European Network of Construction Companies for Research and Development – assisted by partners from like-minded worldwide construction organisations. It details the method to be used for measuring the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of an organisation within the construction sector. The protocol uses best practice and will ultimately encourage and enable the next steps for reducing carbon emissions from construction processes to be taken.
    It represents over two years of collaborative work by some of the largest construction companies in the world.
    The launch comes ahead of governments and businesses from around the world meeting in Rio for The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), 20-22 June 2012.
    President of ENCORD, Prof. Ger Maas, points out, ‘It is some credit to the construction sector that Read the rest of this entry »

    Review of the ENCORD Environmental group meeting May 2012

    May 23rd, 2012

    The ENCORD Environmental group met 22 May 2012, hosted by BAM UK. Topics of the meeting included:
    - Key changes to the CO2 measurement Protocol document,
    - CO2e Next Steps: The group will work on expanding the guidance on scope three within the ENCORD CO2e Measurement Protocol in close contact with WRI,
    - Best practice: Companies shared best practice approaches, e.g. a CO2e reporting Web tool used by NCC to cover their business areas. It imports data from centrally sourced data (Electricity bills, District heat used, Diesel),
    - Waste Measurement Protocol: Discussion on the latest version of the ENCORD Waste Measurement guidance document,
    - Experience of measuring waste in accordance with the protocol, to include a presentation of the BAM SMaRT system.

    The next meeting is Read the rest of this entry »

    European Construction Sector signs Sustainability Charter

    June 22nd, 2011

    Otterlo, The Netherlands, 21 June 2011 – Twenty leading European construction companies, united in the European Network of Construction Companies for Research and Development ENCORD, have drawn up a joint corporate sustainability statement.
    This ENCORD Sustainable Development Charter was ratified by Executives of the member companies at a meeting held 21 June 2011 in the Kröller-Möller museum in the Netherlands.

    ENCORD, which was founded in 1989, is an innovation network of leading European companies active in the construction sector. The charter expresses the vision that research, development and innovation in the construction sector can make a significant contribution to a sustainable world. The participating companies Read the rest of this entry »

    ENCORD Council meeting February 2011

    April 5th, 2011

    The 14-15 February 2011 ENCORD Council Meeting with an emphasis on the topic of Sustainability was hosted by Balfour Beatty in Edinburgh. 28 participants from 16 companies joined the meeting.
    In the first part of the meeting, participants gave a brief introduction on their activities regarding EU research projects. Presentations included OHL, BAM, Soletanche Bachy, ACCIONA, FCC, Consolis, Ferrovial Agroman, TATA Steel / Corus, Ballast Nedam, Hochtief, Züblin and CCC.

    The following review of activities and an outlook on future ENCORD activities included: Read the rest of this entry »