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    Europe’s energy transition is well underway according to Commission report.

    February 3rd, 2017

    The European Commission published on 1 February its 2nd State of the Energy Union Communication, including a progress report on the achievement of the 2020 Energy Efficiency targets since the publication of the first State of the Energy Union in November 2015.

    The Communication points out that action on the renovation of buildings should be the priority, and identifies access to finance as one of the most pressing challenges.

    The Commission states that “if Member States’ efforts continue, the EU is on track to reach its 2020 energy efficiency targets” and that implementation has to start now.

    At the same time, the Commission is launching a second Energy Union tour, with the aim to push for the swift implementation of the Energy Union at national level. Member States shall present their draft national energy and climate plans by the end of 2017.

    More information:


    SP2017: Call for Proposals is now open until 1st April 2017

    February 2nd, 2017

    The 2017 Sustainable Places international conference at Teesside University  will be the 5th iteration of the smart city and smart building stakeholder collaboration platform proven to further commercial, scientific, and technological advancements across interdisciplinary fields. The SP event series at inception was facilitated to support the 7 technology-clusters defined by the EU 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), which illustrate the diverse innovation approaches and the importance of embracing all aspects of the building and construction sectors.

    The SP2017 Call for Proposals is now open for public submissions until 1st April 2017. Contribution types being accepted are: 90′ or 180′ workshops, presentations, and posters.

    More information about the event and registration here.


    EeB-CA2 Matchmaking Event “Energy-efficient Buildings”

    October 10th, 2016

    Innovative stakeholders from across Europe along the whole value chain of energy-efficient buildings and building technologies will get together at the EeB-CA2 matchmaking event on 18 November. From the planning office and research partners of EU projects over manufacturers to municipalities and investors – the EeB-CA2 matchmaking event is your occasion to quickly get in contact and exchange about new ideas for research and innovation projects and business relations.

    How is this matchmaking event organised?
    Register yourself via the event’s website, upload a meaningful profile of your organization, including a cooperation and technology offer or request. Between 1 -14 November you can book in advance bilateral meetings with other registered participants. At the registration desk of the event location you will then receive your individual meeting schedule.

    Further information, registration and an overview of the profiles of all registered participants can be found here: https://www.b2match.eu/eebca2

    Deadline for registration: 14 November 2016

    Bilateral meetings can be booked in advance between November 1-14 2016.

    The event is free of charge. It will be held in parallel to the ECTP Conference – if you would like to participate in this event as well, please register separately via the ECTP Conference website (https://fr.xing-events.com/ECTPConference2016.html).


    Energy Union and Climate Action: Driving Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy

    September 1st, 2016

    The package of measures presented by the Commission helps Europe to prepare for the future and to stay competitive. It translates the commitments taken by Member States in October 2014 and is primarily addressed to Member States, since they will be in the forefront of deciding how to implement measures to meet the agreed greenhouse gas emission target for 2030.

    All Member States will have national emission targets for 2030 expressed as a percentage reduction from 2005 emission levels as well as access to new flexibilities to achieve those targets cost effectively. Collectively, these national targets give an overall EU reduction of 30% in the sectors covered by the proposal.

    Access the press release here.
    Access the fact sheet here.
    More information on the EC DG CLIMA website.

    Source: EC DG CLIMA © European Union, 2016


    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 »