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    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


    EUSEW 2018: Save the date

    December 21st, 2017

    EU Sustainable Energy Week will be back for its 13th edition, from 4 to 8 June 2018 in Brussels.  This year’s theme of Europe’s most important conference on energy efficiency and renewables is Energy transition.

    Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders will debate policy developments, best practices, initiatives and ideas that support Europe’s move towards clean, secure and efficient power as part of the Energy Union. Beside the Policy Conference, EUSEW 2018 will include a Networking Village, the EU Sustainable Energy Awards and the Energy Days.

    Apply to host a conference session or receive an award at EU Sustainable Energy Week, or set up a local Energy Day. Calls for applications will open in January 2018.

    Detailed information will follow soon. #EUSEW18


    Cooperation WSED – ECTP

    December 15th, 2017

    The conference and tradeshow World Sustainable Energy Days 2018 will take place from 28 February to 2 March 2018 in Wels, Austria. Clean energy for economic competitiveness and how to make the clean energy transition work for business, planet and people will be core themes of the World Sustainable Energy Days 2018. The annual conference brings together more than 700 delegates from over 50 countries from business, public sector and the research community.

    As a partner of WSED conference, ECTP has been invited to make a presentation at the Technology and Innovation Conference on 1 March (afternoon). The Results from the Energy-Efficient Buildings Public-Private Partnership (EeB PPP) will be presented by Antoine Aslanides (E2B Committee Executive Board Member & EeB PPP Partnership Board Co-Chair).

    WSED 2018 offers 7 conferences and 3 interactive events covering technologies, policies and markets:
    European Energy Efficiency Conference
    * Energy Efficiency Economy Conference
    * Technology Innovation: Energy and Buildings
    * E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference
    * Energy Efficiency Policy Workshop
    European Pellet Conference
    Young Energy Researchers Conference: Energy Efficiency & Biomass
    Technical Site Visits & Poster Presentation

    For more information on WSED 2018 and registration: http://www.wsed.at/en/world-sustainable-energy-days.html


    Next ECTP Conference planned on 13-14 November 2018. Save the date!

    December 13th, 2017

    ECTP will organise its 8th Conference on 13-14 November 2018 at BOZAR in Brussels.

    Stakeholders from the whole construction value-chain and representatives of the European Commission will share their experience and discuss innovation in the Built Environment in Europe.

    The opening and closing will be plenary sessions. Parallel sessions will deal with the topics of the 5 ECTP Commmittees:

    • Energy Efficient Buildings
    • Infrastructure & Mobility
    • Materials & Sustainability
    • Heritage & Regeneration
    • Active Ageing & Design.

    The Construction NTPs Network, ICT, Smart Cities, the Circular econonomy are among the other topics which will be considered.

    More information will follow in the next weeks.

    Access data from 2016 ECTP Conference on the dedicated webpage here.


    Mission orientation in FP9, your views as a stakeholder by Friday 15 December latest

    December 6th, 2017

    Since the Lamy report was published in July this year, much is being said and discussed on the potential mission orientation in FP9. This new direction of EU R&I policy is an attractive logical new step from the challenge driven approach in H2020.

    It is also a complex approach, with many pitfalls and potential downsides, especially at EU level, that requires careful analysis and consideration and the direct involvement of all stakeholders, across disciplines, across sectors, across policy domains and across governance levels (EU, national, regional and urban).

    A consortium led by the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (JIIP) including its members TNO, Tecnalia, Joanneum Research and VTT, together with Danish Technology Institute (DTI) and Valdani Vicari & Associati (VVA), have been tasked by the European Commission DG RTD to first define and conceptualise Mission Oriented R&I (including lessons that can be drawn from over 200 collected examples world-wide) and secondly on how such an approach could be implemented in FP9.

    Especially with regards to the second part of the study, beneficiaries of EU R&I programmes are asked to give their opinion on some of the issues at stake, focussing on the policy objectives and how they could be best served and on the policy options. The study will be a major input to the shaping of the next FP.

    Link to the survey: jiipsurvey.eu/limesurvey/index.php/344286

    On average completing the survey will take around 20 minutes. It should be submitted by Friday 15 December latest.

    For any technical or other difficulties or questions, contact milica.misojcic@jiip.eu for assistance.


    CIB W78 35th Annual Conference (1-3 October 2018). Key dates

    December 4th, 2017

    The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction CIB will organise its annual conference on IT in Design, Construction and Management in Chicago, Illinois.

    CIB has developed into a worldwide network of over 5000 experts from about 500 member organisations with a research, university, industry or government background, who collectively are active in all aspects of research and innovation for building and construction.

    The “Accelerating BIM Research Workshop” series will be held the day before the conference.

    More information to follow on the dedicated website at http://mypages.iit.edu/~cibw78/

    Key dates
    Abstract submission: 31 January 2018
    Abstracts acceptance notification: 28 February 2018
    Paper submission: 15 April 2018
    Paper acceptance notification: 01 May 2018
    Final paper submission: 31 May 2018
    Early registration: 08 June 2018
    Author’s registration: 15 July 2018.


    Explore Horizon 2020 participation statistics in a new interactive dashboard

    November 24th, 2017

    The European Commission has launched the Horizon 2020 Dashboard on the Participant Portal. This novel view on Horizon 2020 implementation data provides powerful analytical functions, with new opportunities for programme reporting, impact analysis, preparing feedback to policy making and decision making on future priorities. All data can be viewed and analysed in aggregated form but also detailed views on individual calls, topics, countries, organisation types etc. are possible, down to the level of individual projects and beneficiaries (including links to the individual project pages on CORDIS).

    In its initial version, two sets of functionalities are provided:

    These views are accessible directly via the Participant Portal home page and via the new portal page Projects & Results.


    Building4People: white paper released by Buildings 2030 initiative

    November 24th, 2017

    Buildings 2030’s vision is for all buildings in Europe to provide people with comfortable, healthy and productive spaces, while minimizing their carbon footprint. The health and built environment sectors work together towards this common ambition.

    It is supported by a grant from the European Climate Foundation and the ClimateWorks Foundation.

    This initiative aims to mainstream the demand for high performing buildings in Europe by seeking public and private sector commitments to invest in better indoor environments by 2030. People’s health, wellbeing and productivity must be a core priority alongside building performance.

    Buildings we live and work in are affecting our environment, our physical & mental health, our wellbeing and even our productivity. People spend on average 90% of time indoors and one in six Europeans live in unhealthy buildings. Buildings 2030 believe that it is time to put people at the center, this approach is called Building4People.

    A white paper has been released and the Executive Summary can be downloaded here.