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    CO2 and Sustainability

    Global warming and climate change are now key sustainable development issues. Companies must be able to understand and manage their GHG risks if they are to ensure long-term success in a competitive business environment. A well-designed and maintained corporate GHG inventory, which aligns with business specific issues is an essential business tool and is increasingly seen as a marker for good management practice. Those that perform well are demonstrating their ability to manage risk, drive efficiencies, and offer the best value to clients. Globally, buildings account for a significant proportion of our Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions and increasing attention is being paid to the part that the construction industry can play in helping to reduce these. There are now a range of drivers impacting on the construction industry:

    • Construction companies must seek to offer the best value to clients. Construction is an industry with a high turnover, but with relatively low margins. Energy costs, which make up a significant proportion of construction costs, have increased over the years. By measuring and managing CO2 emissions, organisations can reduce energy consumption and therefore reduce costs, directly benefiting the bottom line.
    • Many governments are taking steps to reduce GHG emissions through national policies that include the introduction of emissions trading programs, carbon or energy taxes, and regulations and standards on energy efficiency and emissions.
    • For large listed companies, CO2 reporting and management is becoming part of their investors’ decision making process. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) collects carbon reporting data from large companies on behalf of investors who have already started to target the construction and property sector.
    • Voluntary sustainability standards, such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), are now becoming part of contractor selection processes. CO2 emissions are a major part of such standards and as such, business could be lost in cases where a company is seen to be ignoring its climate change impacts. The GRI are currently developing a sector supplement for construction and property, which means they intend the sector to follow specific guidelines.

    The construction industry is complex, with different types of company operating at different points in the value chain, spanning across finance, design, materials manufacture, construction and life cycle maintenance. It is important that companies are reporting against the same guidelines so that a clear picture is presented to the outside world. Given the diverse range of businesses within the construction sector it is also important that the methodology employed is able to draw distinct lines of responsibility for CO2 emissions within the construction / building value chain. There is a danger that standards developed outside of the construction sector will miss these key issues and therefore have an adverse impact.

    The ENCORD construction companies and partners are taking the initiative to develop common metrics and a common approach to the topic.

    A CO2-measurement protocol has been developed along with partners from other like minded worldwide construction organisations, to detail the method to be used when measuring the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of an organisation within the construction sector. Click here to read more about the initiative and to download a copy of the document.
    Also a guideline for measuring waste in the construction sector has also been developed. The draft of the document can be found here.

    Below are brief summaries of the meetings of the group:

    Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate in Buildings is out! Edition of 01 June 2017

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    The June issue of the “Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate in Buildings” newsletter has just been released.

    This monthly online newspaper contains relevant information on the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), TightVent Europe, the international platform on ventilative cooling (venticool) & IEA EBC annex 62-ventilative cooling and the QUALICHeCK project.

    The paper is available at the first of every month at: http://news.inive.org/

    2017 Impact Workshop on the cPPPs in Horizon 2020

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    The yearly Impact Workshop for the three contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs) took place in Brussels on 16-17 May 2017. It was the occasion for the cPPPs projects to present their successful outcomes, advancement and more generally share their experience and good practices of project-building.

    As regards the Energy efficient Buildings (EeB) cPPP, the first day of the Impact Workshop was organized by the ECTP E2B Committee. The workshop began with two addresses by the European Commission on the topics of energy efficiency in buildings through Horizon 2020, cPPP achievements and challenges followed by an introduction to the proposal amending the Energy Performance of Building Directive. It was then divided into four sessions, with EeB cPPP projects “success stories”:

    • Advanced Materials and nanotechnology
    • Design, Construction Process, end of life, cross cutting information
    • Technology Building blocks, Energy Performance monitoring and management,
    • ICT, BIM/Data and Interoperability.

    A zip file with the EeB cPPP project presentations is available here.

    The second day was organized by the European Commission and focused on success stories from the EeB, Factories of the Future and Sustainable Process Industry cPPPs. Discussions focused on lessons learnt from the cPPPs, difficulties encountered, as well as the “after end-of-project” impact. A replay is available at the following link: https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/ppps-impact-workshop#

    A report of the workshop will be published soon by the EC on the event dedicated webpage.

    The EeB PPP Project Review 2017 is now available!

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    The sixth edition of the EeB PPP Project Review has been published.

    This yearly publication presents the progress and results of 110 co-funded projects within the EeB PPP under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and 45 co-funded projects under the Horizon 2020 programme for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

    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), the 155 research projects featured in this brochure illustrate the diverse innovation approaches and the importance of embracing all aspects of the building and construction sector.

    You can download the 2017 version of the Project Review here.

    European Commission report: Good practice in energy efficiency

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    In November 2016, the European Commission presented the Clean Energy for all Europeans package. Followed the Good Practice in Energy Efficiency report, which goal is to show the importance of clean energy transition and explain that huge improvements in energy efficiency are occurring across the European Union. Still, it recognizes that there are numerous challenges to overcome, and offer to look at various innovative solutions and projects. This document presents various examples of good practices of clean energy transition and innovation from policy making and implementation, research and development across different sectors and throughout all 28 Member States.

    One part of this report focuses particularly on the importance of Energy Efficiency in buildings:

    In 2014, European building stock accounted for 30% of the European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions, which equates to approximately 40% of the European Union’s total energy consumption. The challenge is to lower these numbers by retrofitting and innovation for newly constructed buildings. In order to promote solution and innovative projects in this field, the report is divided into different sub-parts:

    Renovations
    Here, the report explains that Building refurbishment has the biggest available energy saving potential in Europe. It also shows the importance of long term renovation strategies: the project BUILD UPON (Horizon 2020 project) is creating a collaborative community to help design and implement national renovation strategies.  RenoWIKI is a tool which has been developed to provide a quick overview of diverse renovation initiatives in each country. Also, Total Concept developed smart packages for deep renovation. Its method opens up new opportunities for property owners to implement major retrofitting.

    Minimum Energy Performance Requirement
    Setting ambitious requirements and showing a clear direction of progressive tightening of energy performance develops markets for the building industry and investors, while stimulating technology development and innovation. The report provides the example of Denmark, which was one of the first countries in the world to introduce nationwide energy efficiency standards for the energy use of buildings.

    To achieve that goal of energy performance, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) inform owners and tenants about the performance of each building, and offer recommendations on how to improve energy performances. A lot of States have decided to make the ECPs more user friendly (example of the UK)

    Cross cutting issues
    So far, 35 national and regional methodologies are available to calculate the energy performance of buildings, in line with subsidiarity principle and flexibility allowed by Energy Performance of Buildings. Still, to favourite national comparison, an harmonised energy performance calculation method is being called for.
    In order to tackle energy-poverty, a number of European funded projects such as POWER HOUSE and TRANSITION ZERO focus on working with social housing associations to boost energy efficiency.

    Also, to achieve enhanced energy performance of buildings, there is a need for much improved technical skills. Training and qualification schemes should ensure that worker qualifications keep pace with the technical complexity of buildings and building components. BUILT UP Skills is an initiative which aims at continuing education and training of craftsmen in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

    Finally, the report describes the importance of the role of ICT in smart buildings: ICT will ensure an optimised energy management by providing user information, real-time analysis and enable real-time communications with the grid. The PEAKapp projects aims to develop an innovative ICT system that connect energy markets and end-users.

    According to the document, the lessons learnt across Europe in the field of Energy Efficiency in Buildings are, among others, the following:

    • Building refurbishment has the biggest available energy saving potential in Europe.
    • Increasing the energy performance of buildings can have a positive impact, not only in economic terms, but also as regards public health and safety by improving indoor climate.
    • Addressing energy efficiency in buildings can help to trigger many co-benefits such as tackling fuel poverty.
    • To achieve enhanced energy performance of buildings, there is a need for much improved technical skills. Training and qualification schemes should ensure that worker qualifications keep pace with the technical complexity of buildings and building components.

    You can access the Report on Good Practices in energy efficiency from the EC website here.

    SAVE THE DATE: 17 May cPPP Impact Workshop – Brussels

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    The yearly Impact Workshop for the three contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs) organised by the EC will take place on 17 May 2017 in Albert Borschette Congress Center (Brussels). The first draft agenda is available here.

    The results of EU funded research & innovation projects in the field of the Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB cPPP) will be presented on 16  May in a session organised by the ECTP E2B Committee at Bedford Hotel (Brussels).

    This event will be attended by the project coordinators / partners selected for each cPPP.

    Further information will follow.