• 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.
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The next issue (newsletter No.10) will be published in November 2016.
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 email@example.com
Access more information and the programme from INFRARISK website here.
- 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.
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 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.
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.
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
* 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.
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The next issue is planned for June 2016.
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 »
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
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.
More information on the calls and access to the relevant documents are available from the EC website.
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
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
The topics of the conference are: Read the rest of this entry »