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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!

    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.

    ECTP Conference 2018 (Brussels, 13-14 November). Registration is open!

    July 15th, 2018

    The 8th ECTP open Conference, entitled “When EU Construction Industry shapes high-tech Sustainable Built Environment“,  will take place at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels on November 13-14, 2018.

    It 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.

    Parallel sessions will deal with the topics of the 5 ECTP Committees: Energy Efficient Buildings, Infrastructure & Mobility, Materials & Sustainability, Heritage & Regeneration and Active Ageing & Design.

    Expectations, challenges and future research priorities of the Built Environment toward Horizon Europe, Construction NTPs Network, Innovative Business models for energy-efficient renovation, Digitalisation and industrialisation of the Construction sector, Smart Cities, Living Labs and the Circular economy are among the multiple topics which will be addressed in this newest edition.

    An exhibition area will present key results from innovative projects and organisations through booths and posters.

    REGISTRATION is now open!

    This event is 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.
    The 2016 edition gathered 170 attendees from 23 countries, coming from both large industrial enterprises, SMEs, research and academic organisations, associations and public authorities.

    Source: ECTP Secretariat

    Construction sector prepares for the new HORIZON EUROPE

    July 10th, 2018

    In the context of “HORIZON EUROPE” (FP9) preparation, the following event “The Construction Industry journey to enable the EU energy, climate and sustainability objectives: committed to a European Low-Carbon Built Environment” was held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 27 June 2018. This event was organized by the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) with a coordination support from Tecnalia, and sponsored by MEPs Ramón Jáuregui and Eider Gardeazabal. The objective of this event was to position the construction sector for the next HORIZON EUROPE Framework Programme, the main EU initiative to promote and support R&D in the European Union that will cover the period from 2021 to 2027.

    Members from the European Parliament, Directors from the European Commission and influential representatives from Industry associations (agenda available here) expressed their views on main achievements and future challenges to achieve an energy- and resources-neutral sustainable built environment (buildings, infrastructures, networks), in front of participants from the whole industry, research institutions, national and local representations, associations and federations, and all stakeholders involved in research and innovation dedicated to the built environment. The event benefited from the participation of outstanding representatives of:
    • the Construction sector (José Michaël Chenu for FIEC – European Construction Industry Federation, Menno De Jonge for ENCORD – European Network of Construction Companies for Research and Development, Emmanuel Forest and Antoine Aslanides for ECTP);
    • the European Commission (Peter Dröll, Director of DG RTD – Industrial Technologies, Clara de la Torre, Director of DG RTD – Transport, and Paula Rey Garcia, Policy Officer of DG ENERGY);
    • and the Member States (Pascal Newton, French NCP and RCP for Energy).
    This event has made even more evident the relevance of the construction sector for the development of the European Union (around 9% of the EU’s GDP, with 18 million jobs it is the industrial sector that creates more employment, facilitates social cohesion by training middle-skilled workers…).

    It is also a sector with high impact on the quality of life of citizens through the buildings, in which they live and develop their professional or leisure activities (citizens spend more than 80% of their time inside buildings), and transport infrastructures and services that facilitate their mobility and access to basic goods such as water or energy.

    Some of the key achievements of the R&D in the Construction sector in recent years were exhibited, as for example, within the framework of the Public Private Partnership for Energy Efficiency in Building (PPP EeB), around 150 R&D projects have been developed and have generated more than 150 patents, trained more than 55,000 workers and developed around 450 pilots of innovative solutions.

     As far as the next HORIZON EUROPE framework programme is concerned, it was identified the need to propose systemic R&D strategies, focused on the needs of the citizens and integrating various capacities of the sector stakeholders involved in users’ satisfaction, from the technology providers to the industrial ones, also including the regulatory aspects that can facilitate the arrival of the new developments to the market. These integration efforts must also be extended to the collaboration between the EU and the Member States in the definition of their research programs.

    Source: ECTP Secretariat

    Register for TRA2018 and get your Early Bird ticket by Jan. 29!

    January 24th, 2018

    Registration for the upcoming Transport Research Arena (TRA 2018) in Vienna, Austria, from 16 to 19 April 2018, is now open. TRA 2018 is the 7th edition of Europe’s largest transport research and technology conference and this time features the theme of ”A digital era for transport”. The conference addresses representatives from politics, administrations, research and industry alike to shape the future of transport and mobility and facilitate a common exchange. All modes of transport will be covered.

    The registration for TRA2018 is open at http://www.traconference.eu/registration/
    The Early Bird rate is available till January 29, 2018.

    Access the dedicated press release here.

    CPR Review – Public Consultation now open

    January 24th, 2018

    The open public consultation related to the review of the Construction Products Regulation has been launched and will be open until 16 April 2018.

    The Construction Products Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 (the CPR) aims to make the single market work for products used in the construction of buildings and infrastructure. To do so, the CPR provides for rules on assessing the performance of construction products and on communicating the assessment results, through a common technical language (consisting mainly of the harmonised European standards and European assessments documents) to be used everywhere in the EU.  Construction products assessed in line with the CPR rules carry the CE marking.

    Several sources, such as the 2016 report on the implementation of the CPR, opinions from the REFIT platform and studies on European construction sector regulations have identified issues affecting the functioning of the CPR. This is why the Commission is currently carrying out a joint evaluation and impact assessment for a possible EU initiative to revise EU rules on construction products.

    Access more information and the Reference documents on EC website at https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/public-consultation-eu-rules-products-used-construction-buildings-and-infrastructure-works_en.

    Submit your contribution via the following online questionnaire.

    EU Sustainable Energy Awards – call for entries open!

    January 17th, 2018

    Organised by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and EASME), EUSEW takes place every year in June. The 2018 focus is on energy transition and will cover a series of activities with an EU-wide scope. In addition to the EU Sustainable Energy Awards, event activities will feature a policy conference (5–7 June 2018), networking opportunities and local sustainable energy events, all dedicated to building a secure energy future for Europe.

    To have a chance of winning, nominated activities, projects and actions must be ongoing, or not concluded before 30 June 2018, and carried out within the EU28. These conditions also hold for the organisation running the activities, projects and actions.

    Projects should be outstanding, innovative with original features, and they should have a measurable impact in that they help reduce energy use or work with renewable energy in a way that will contribute to the EU’s climate and energy goals.

    You can find further information about the awards, as well as eligibility, assessment rules and the application process, on the EUSEW2018 website. The deadline for applications is 23 February 2018.

    Call for Abstracts for IEECB&SC’18 is open until 5 February

    January 16th, 2018

    The 10th international Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings  and Smart Communities (IEECB&SC’18) will be held from 21 to 22 March 2018 during the Light+Building trade fair.

    The conference is addressed to energy policy makers at international, national, and local level, academic, researchers and energy efficiency experts, ESCOs, utilities, buildings energy and environmental managers, buildings engineers and architects, equipment manufacturers and commercial property investors, with the aim to promote and diffuse the concept of energy efficiency in new and existing commercial buildings and enlarge the market for low consumption and sustainable non- residential buildings.

    The conference covers also the  topic of smart and sustainable districts, communities and cities, as energy systems efficiency and renewable energies are  often optimized at district or city level.

    The topics for the Call for Abstracts include:
    • (non-residential) Building policies and programmes, including design, implementation and evaluation;
    • (non-residential) Building design, retrofits and simulation programmes;
    • Specific technologies (HVAC, lighting, advanced material for insulation and storage, RES integration, poly-generation, building control systems);
    • Audits and commissioning, energy management, ESCOs and financing ;
    • Control systems, Smart buildings and demand response;
    • Behaviour  (occupants and property owners)  and investment decisions;
    • Smart and sustainable districts, communities and cities.

    The conference aims at attracting international experts, policy makers and companies to allow exchanges of experiences and best practices among different countries and continents.

    Accepted abstracts will be presented at the conference (oral presentation). There are no registration fees for accepted abstract presenters, including co-authors.

    More information in the Call for Abstracts here (deadline for submission is 5 February 2018 – abstracts shall be sent to paolo.bertoldi@ec.europa.eu).

    Public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market

    January 15th, 2018

    In 2018, the Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, which is the EU’s long–term budget.  The Commission’s proposals will be designed to make it possible for the EU to deliver on the things that matter most, in areas where it can achieve more than Member States acting alone. This requires a careful assessment both of what has worked well in the past and what could be improved in the future. This consultation is an integral part of the process and its objective is to collect the views of all interested parties on how to make the most of every euro of the EU budget.

    You can contribute to this public consultation by filling in the online questionnaire, which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

    Consultation period: 10 January 2018 – 8 March 2018

    More information and questionnaire available on EC website at https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/public-consultation-eu-funds-area-investment-research-innovation-smes-and-single-market_en

    ICE/IEEE ITMC Conference 2018. Call for papers open until 13 February

    January 9th, 2018

    The 24th ICE/IEEE ITMC International Technology Management Conference is the place where research, science and industry innovators are called for original ideas, papers, debates, initiatives and projects. For the ICE 2018, the growing community of researchers, innovators, industrialists, engineers and practitioners are invited to share their insights, practices, projects and case studies that address the conference theme: Era of Connectedness: The Future of Technology, Engineering & Innovation in a Digital Society.

    ECTP will organise a session on “Smart buildings, Smart-Cities and Development of PEBs (Positive Energy Blocks).”

    The call for Papers is open until 13 February 2018. Submissions should contribute to a substantial, original and previously unpublished research in the topics of the conference. This includes theoretical research papers that provide new concepts in the domain of engineering, technology, and innovation & entrepreneurship.

    More information and registration at www.ice-conference.org