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    ENCORD News

    November 12th, 2015

    Find below some information on the life within ENCORD – workshops, Council meetings, etc. Enjoy your look around!

    EC publications on infrastructure maintenance in transport

    December 18th, 2018

    The European Commission published in September 2018 a discussion paper on infrastructure maintenance in transport. To make the transport system more efficient and cleaner, considerable investments have to be made in infrastructure maintenance, in order to close missing links in the transport network or to remove bottlenecks in the system. The discussion paper builds on a mapping exercise for road and rail infrastructure maintenance. It provides an overview of 4 topics:

    • the state of transport infrastructure across the EU
    • measurement/assessment of maintenance backlogs
    • differences in governance structures
    • existing innovations to deal with maintenance problems.

    The paper raises questions based on the research and suggestions regarding the role the EU could play in improving infrastructure maintenance.

    Complementary to the paper, a summary note on the ‘State of infrastructure maintenance’ was published on 12 December 2018. The objective of the note is to enable a clearer understanding of the amount and types of research that Horizon 2020/FP7 have supported and some of the results and ongoing activities of these projects.

    Comments on this paper can be sent by stakeholders to GROW-CONSTRUCTION@ec.europa.eu until 31 January 2019.

    Source: European Commission DG GROW © European Union, 1995-2018

    Public procurement of innovative solutions in the Construction sector – public consultation, deadline 15 January 2019

    December 10th, 2018

    Public procurement is an important catalyst for modernizing the public sector with innovative solutions, for opening up business opportunities for companies and for speeding up the adoption of solutions that meet strategic EU policy goals. A good understanding of the situation in innovation procurement in the Member States is therefore important for all of us to develop and implement relevant EU policies.

    In this context, the study SMART 2016/0040 commissioned by the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology presents a benchmarking of national policy measures that stimulate public procurement of innovative solutions. This exercise benchmarks the performance of the 28 Member States, Norway and Switzerland according to 10 indicators.

    They are:  implementation of a clear official definition for innovation procurement, endorsement of innovation procurement in horizontal, sectorial and ICT policies, adoption of a national action plan, target, monitoring system, incentives, capacity building and assistance measures for innovation procurement as well as the overall innovation friendliness of the national public procurement market.

    Of particular interest to the construction sector is indicator 4 “sectorial policies” which tracks to what extent the strategic importance of innovation procurement is endorsed by sectorial policies.

    The 30 country profiles, and the ranking of the performance of them according to the benchmarking indicators, are now published for online consultation until 15 January 2019 at https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/online-consultation-benchmarking-national-innovation-procurement-policy-frameworks. The consultation is open to all types of stakeholders: policy makers, experts, public procurers, companies etc.

    The Construction2020 team kindly welcomes in particular contributions from stakeholders in the construction sector to enrich indicator 4 “sectorial policies” with additional information about ongoing and planned innovation procurement-related policy initiatives in the sector in the 30 countries. Adding such sector-specific information to the benchmarking is important for increasing the impact of innovation procurement in the future.

    Source: Construction2020 team, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs © European Union, 1995-2018

    The European Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050

    December 7th, 2018

    On 28 November 2018, the European Commission published in a communication its strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for All. A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy.

    The strategy shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research. It will build on the new energy policy framework established under the Clean Energy for All Europeans package.

    The purpose of this long-term strategy is not to set targets, but to create a vision and sense of direction, plan for it, and inspire as well as enable stakeholders, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens alike to develop new and innovative industries, businesses and associated jobs.

    The road to a climate neutral economy would require joint action in seven strategic areas:

    • energy efficiency
    • deployment of renewables
    • clean, safe and connected mobility
    • competitive industry and circular economy
    • infrastructure and interconnections
    • bio-economy and natural carbon sinks
    • carbon capture and storage to address remaining emissions.

    Benefits from zero emission buildings, in both residential and services sectors are clearly addressed in the strategy. To this end, the communication stresses the need to achieve and sustain higher renovation rates of the existing building stock, with tools such as energy efficiency digitalisation, home automation and smart appliances, improved construction materials. The document also highlights that an integrated approach and consistency across all relevant policies will be necessary for the modernisation of the built environment and mobilisation of all actors. Consumer engagement, including through consumer associations, will be a key element in this process.

    The communication can be downloaded here.

    Source: European Commission © European Union, 1995-2018

    ECTP Conference 2018 report: Presentations and photos available!

    November 27th, 2018

    The 8th ECTP Conference took place at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels on November 13-14, 2018 (cf. the conference programme).

    More than 170 stakeholders from the whole construction value-chain and representatives of the European Commission (see list here) shared their experience and discussed how the EU construction industry is shaping a high-tech Sustainable Built Environment.

    •    Links within the programme to the presentations per session (when availablehere.
    •    Links within the programme to photos here.

    NB: The above links lead to a PDF version of the programme and you should roll the mouse over the title of each session and click to download corresponding presentations or photos, including pictures from the exhibition & catering area.

    The conference report can be downloaded here.

    Access more information on the plenary sessions and the parallel sessions (covering a wide range of topics, innovation and market foresight trends addressed by the five ECTP Committees) in the dedicated webpage.

    Source: ECTP Secretariat

    ECTP has signed two Memorandum of Understanding with FEHRL and ENCORD

    November 17th, 2018

    ECTP is pleased to announce the signature of two Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), respectively with FEHRL and ENCORD, during the ECTP Conference that took place on 13-14 November 2018 in Brussels. 

    FEHRL, Forum of Europe’s National Road Research Centres, founded in 1989, is the main representative platform of academia in the field of road infrastructure. FEHRL’s objective consists in providing scientific input to Europe and national government policy on highway engineering and road transport matters and to increase innovation in this sector. FEHRL and ECTP – and in particular its Infrastructure & Mobility Committee – share similar aims and objectives regarding the effort to increase innovation in European road construction and to improve energy efficiency of highway engineering and operations, and Transport infrastructures at a large. This MoU underlines both the need and the will to cooperate more intensively between academia and industry, in order to build a common approach for the future transport infrastructures in Europe.

    ENCORD, European Network of Construction Companies for Research and Development, founded in 1989, is the European forum for industry-led research, development and innovation in the construction sector. ENCORD’s members are leading European contractors and suppliers of construction material. The companies are strongly devoted to R&D for increased competitiveness and growth. Thus, ENCORD and ECTP share similar aims regarding the effort to increase innovation in European construction industries through a better quality, comfort and efficiency of buildings, transport infrastructures and the whole built environment. This MoU formalises the basis for an enhanced future cooperation between the two organisations. ECTP and ENCORD will together promote innovation, share knowledge and raise the needs of RD&I in buildings, networks and transport infrastructures towards key European stakeholders.

    ECTP is looking forward to a fruitful cooperation with ENCORD and FEHRL.

    More info on FEHRL available here and on ENCORD here.

    Transport Research Arena 2020 in Helsinki. Save the date

    November 12th, 2018

    Transport Research Arena (TRA) is the foremost European transport event covering all modes and aspects of mobility. The next edition of this biennial event will be held in Helsinki on 27-30 April in 2020  under the theme “Rethinking transport – towards clean and inclusive mobility”.

    TRA2020 is co-organised by the agencies under the jurisdiction of the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communication and the European Commission. The event gathers researchers, policy makers and industry representatives together and offers a unique opportunity to stay on the edge of mobility research, policy trends and plans, and industry achievements.

    ”Finland welcomes you to Transport Research Arena 2020! The conference aims to rethink transport. We concentrate on the actions needed to lead the transport sector towards clean and inclusive mobility of both people and goods. I challenge you to join us in the pursue of these goals!” says Mrs Mia Nykopp, Director General of the Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi responsible for organising TRA2020.

    The call for papers for TRA2020 is opening soon. More information about the upcoming call is available through the pre-announcement available on the event website here.

    More details at www.traconference.eu

    Source: TRA Organising Committee

    Smart Cities & Communities Call on Positive Energy Blocks

    November 7th, 2018

    To achieve the energy transition in cities, energy performance of buildings must significantly increase. To this end, Positive Energy Blocks (PEB) can tackle this challenge at multiple scale. The concept of PEB consists of several buildings (new, retrofitted or both) that actively manage their energy consumption and the energy flow between them and the wider energy system. In those buildings, an optimal use is made of advanced materials, local renewable energy sources, smart grids and digital technologies to manage energy consumption.

    From its early beginning, the concept of PEB has been actively designed and promoted by the ECTP E2B Committee. Among other examples in Europe, a lighthouse demonstration site of PEB, known as ‘Hikari’, has been developed in Lyon (France) and implemented in the framework of NEXT-Buildings, a European research project co-funded within the EeB PPP under FP7.

    The concept of PEB is now fully recognised by the European Commission, with the objective to realise a large deployment of PEB in Europe by 2050. Thus, development of PEB constitutes the core topic of the ongoing Horizon 2020 Smart Cities & Communities call LC-SC3-SCC-1-2018-2019-2020. The selected projects (Innovation Action) will have to develop integrated innovative solutions for Positive Energy Blocks/Districts and to set up a test phase in lighthouse cities. It is expected that this topic will continue in 2020. With a budget of 83M€ for 2019, this call will also contribute to the specific objectives of the SET Plan action.

    The call for project proposals is open for applications until 5 February 2019.

    More details on the call available on the Participant Portal here.

    EeB PPP Technology Brochures 2018 available online

    October 12th, 2018

    ECTP has just issued the 2018 edition of the EeB PPP Promising Technologies Brochures that showcase successful technologies with a high market potential identified among the EeB PPP projects. The brochures focus on 5 market-oriented topics:

    • Advanced Materials Solutions
    • HVAC & Lighting Solutions
    • Energy Building Systems
    • Monitoring & Diagnostic Methodologies
    • Urban & District Scale Solutions.

    The process wich led to these prublications is as follows:

    • A first evaluation of the 111 technologies identified in the 2018 EeB PPP Progress Monitoring Report (PMR) with a TRL equal or higher than 7 has been undertaken with a short questionnaire sent to project coordinators.
    • ECTP Secretariat has analysed the result of this questionnaire to establish a first selection of very promising technologies and allocate them into the 5 topics.
    • Then, selected experts have assessed these highly promising technologies through a guided phone interview and drafted the summaries to be published in the brochures.

    Download the 5 brochures here.

    Hard copies will be available at ECTP Conference in November.

    European Energy Efficiency Conference 2019. Call for papers open until 10 October 2018

    October 4th, 2018

    The European Energy Efficiency Conference 2019 will take place from 27 February to 1 March 2019 in the context of the annual World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) conference. Each year, experts from all over the world come together in Wels/Austria to discuss current research results and successful energy efficiency strategies and policies.

    “Energy efficiency first” is at the core of Europe’s commitment to a clean energy transition that serves the needs of citizens, economic development and the environment. Achieving a smart, socially fair and sustainable energy system requires strong policies, competitive businesses and technology innovation. Mastering the digital transformation of energy and buildings will be crucial for creating a thriving economy and for the success of the global clean energy transition.

    Dedicated to these topics, the European Energy Efficiency Conference connects people and empowers them to embrace the necessary change – according to the motto: Clean. Competitive. Connected.

    Access more information at www.wsed.at and in WSED first announcement and call for papers here.

    OÖ Energiesparverband, office@esv.or.at

    ECTP Conference 2018. Do not miss the opportunity to promote your project’s outcomes!

    October 4th, 2018

    The 8th ECTP open Conference taking place in Brussels on November 13-14, 2018 will be  a great opportunity to promote the outcomes and innovations coming from RDI projects, especially among European Commission’s representatives who are looking for a strong communication on the promising technologies.

    Innovation cases will be exhibited through booths set up in the Conference room also dedicated to lunches and coffee breaks.

    There are still a few spaces available. The basic offer is a 4m² booth with carpet, 1 desk with lock and 2 stools at a cost of 500 €, in addition to the cost of the registration of at least one person of the exhibiting company. Please note that the registration of a second person from the exhibitor company will be free. Moreover, roll-up posters can be brought by the exhibitors to be installed on their booth.

    Proposals should be sent to conference@ectp.org before the end of October using the application form available here. After approval, it will be possible to register the booth online.

    This event is also a key opportunity to:

    • Meet and network with experts
    • Receive a full update on RDI in the construction sector
    • Be informed on new and innovative technical developments.

    Source: ECTP Secretariat

    EeB cPPP 2018 Progress Monitoring Report released by ECTP

    October 1st, 2018

    The Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) cPPP is a partnership between the European Commission and the private sector as represented by the Energy Efficient Buildings (E2B) Committee of the European Construction, built environment and energy efficient building Technology Platform (ECTP).

    The multiannual EeB cPPP roadmap is the document containing the research and innovation priorities of the private sector, which are essential inputs for the design of the research work programmes by the EC and the ECTP E2B Committee.

    The aim of the annual Progress Monitoring Report (PMR) is to provide a critical analysis of the EeB cPPP progress in the implementation of its multiannual roadmap, a summary of progress achieved on KPIs common to all cPPPs and KPIs specific to the EeB cPPP and an overview of the general progress of the PPP since its inception.

    Following the mid-term review of the contractual public private partnerships (cPPPs), one of the recommendation has been to enhance the transparency of the management process and readability of the PMR. The 2018 edition, prepared by ECTP, implements this recommendation with a new simplified structure.

    The PMR also becomes a public document and can be downloaded here.

    Source: ECTP Secretariat

    Fair of European Innovators in Cultural Heritage – Registration open!

    September 24th, 2018

    Organised by the European Commission as a key event of 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, the Fair of European Innovators in Cultural Heritage will take place on 15-16 November 2018 in Brussels.

    The event will build on the results of the ‘Heritage and Innovation’ conference and will focus on the next steps for the future.

    Participants will have the opportunity to join the ‘Community of Innovators in Cultural Heritage’ and its Platform, engaging with innovation providers, innovation users and investors.

    Registration is now open.

    More information on the event website here.

    Source: DG Research and Innovation © European Union, 1995-2018

    Launch of the STUNNING Renovation Hub: EU platform for energy-efficient refurbishment technologies and business models

    September 15th, 2018

    The EU-funded Horizon 2020 project STUNNING, which promotes the accelerated adoption of innovative refurbishment packages and successful business models for energy-efficient building refurbishments, launched the STUNNING Renovation Hub in September 2018. It is a virtual platform for the interactive knowledge exchange in the field of energy-efficient building renovation and enables all participating stakeholders to share knowledge and experiences through accessing and submitting articles on their innovative refurbishment packages, replicable business models and case studies on their successful implementation.

    Interested parties can now officially register here as STUNNING stakeholders with following degrees of participation:

    • STUNNING Follower: Follow our social media activities, receive the newsletter and access to publicly available information from the Renovation Hub.
    • STUNNING Expert: Get the possibility to submit your own articles, validate articles from other stakeholders and participate in our workshops.
    • STUNNING Ambassador: Play a leading role in the validation of articles and disseminate information to your community.

    For further information please visit the STUNNING project website and the newly launched site of the Renovation Hub.

    Source: STUNNING Consortium

    Report of the European Commission conference “Industry Partnerships – a new impetus”

    August 20th, 2018

    The European Commission conference “Industry Partnerships – a new impetus” organised on 26 June 2018 in Brussels launched the dialogue on a new vision for Public-Private Partnerships with the industry, post 2020.

    The recently published report of the conference provides the main messages and gives some hints on what these partnerships will look like:

    • European industries need to be digitised;
    • Focus should be on more systemic innovations and
    • We need to develop a strong rationale for partnerships, with a better governance system and a wider involvement of stakeholders, workers and citizens.

    The full report can be downloaded from the EU bookshop at: https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/3d2c822b-9ac2-11e8-a408-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-74302207

    Source: DG Research and Innovation © European Union, 1995-2018

    ECTP Position Papers for Horizon Europe

    July 20th, 2018

    ECTP and its Committees have developed their Position Papers for the 9th Framework Programme covering the period 2021-2027, Horizon Europe.

    At a time of brainstorming what is to be the future RDI over the next 10 years, the common views and objectives developed in the scope of ECTP have to serve as a starting point for future networking and R&D cooperation that will develop solutions helping to overcome societal challenges and to ensure that the construction industrial sector will, in the long-term, secure its competitiveness and sustainability, whilst the built environment (both buildings and infrastructures) will provide secure, safe and smart living places for all citizens in Europe.

    As such, the renewed ECTP moto is: “Making Europe the most comfortable place in the world“.

    You can access all these documents from the Publications webpage here.