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Live from the European Union
European Week of Regions and Cities
The European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) was hold 10-13 October 2016. It is an annual Brussels-based four-day event during which officials from regions and cities’ administrations, as well as experts and academics, can exchange good practices and know-how in the field of regional and urban development. The European Week of Regions and Cities is the biggest European public event of its kind.
As part of the EWRC, to get local people more involved, 187 regions and cities are hosting at least one local event titled ‘Europe in my region/city’ during this week.
The State of European Cities Report 2016 – a short summary of it appeared in the previous edition of BIBM Newsletter- was published and now available for download here.
The 1 day of the EWRC stared with a closer look at challenges and opportunities to foster growth in regions and cities, how to create more jobs and more business-friendly environment.
Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu opened the day
Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy and Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions, 10 October 2016, Belgium - Brussels - © European Union / Anthony Dehez
On day 2, regional experts, policymakers and stakeholders discussed pressing issues such as circular economy (mostly concerning food waste) and energy poverty.
The workshop “Green solutions for energy poverty” discussed measures such as energy efficiency improvements, energy saving, sustainable energy systems, producing renewable energy locally and optimising transport needs. These measures were identified in order to achieve short, medium and long-term objectives. Best practices and initiatives were presented to help residents to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Energy-efficient homes are also expected to be more resilient to future energy prices.
Day 3 focused on achieving better Cohesion Policy results and several challenges young people in Europe face, especially those in rural areas, and sustainable growth strategies for rural and urban areas. Issues ranging from governments’ digital transformation, peri-urban areas, open data and the Urban Agenda were discussed and debated.
The final day of the EWRC focused on reaching conclusions on a number of key issues such as on waste energy recovery, how to better manage EU Regional Funds and smart specialisation.
National Award Winner Project
The architectural award Concrete Facade 2015 has been given to Architects Heikkinen – Komonen Oy for their project Kangasala House.
This building combines high quality of architectural design with an innovative façade solution. The building complex has high architectural standard and the scale and details of the facades integrate the new building into the cultural landscape of a Finnish parish centre.
Kangasala House is an excellent example of using concrete, with sculptured facades and a
The controlled scale of a relief-like grid extending over the facade surface gives the building sensitivity and character. The joints of the precast grid units are natural part of the grid without standing out from the rest of the joints.
The rust-coloured patinated facades together with the innovative architecture, connect the building to the colour shades of the old stone church and the
The architects came up with the idea to dye the grey ordinary concrete surface to a brown shade that shines in sunlight to emphasise the dignity of the public building. At the same time; it was also a cost-eﬀective way to implement an expressive whole within the tight budgetary framework.
The grey precast sandwich panels of the Kangasala House were patinated using the Umbra
2 November 2016
Fire Safe Europe meeting
15 November 2016
ECP TF HEH
16 November 2016
BIBM Board meeting
17 November 2016
Concrete Dialogue - Concrete Initiative
22 November 2016
CPE workshop coordination of sustainability initiatives
22 November 2016
ECP TF Fire and Eurocodes
24-25 November 2016
30 November 2016
European Concrete Platform Board
30 November 2016
7 December 2016
CPE CPR implementation
8 December 2016
EU Technical Platform on simplified labelling
9 December 2016
Concrete Initiative AhG
30 January 2017
ECP TF Sustainable Concrete
To the Newsletter of Construction Products Europe (former CEPMC), please follow this link.
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List of Acronyms:
CPE - Construction Product Europe
DG GROW - Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
ECP - European Concrete Platform
EMA – European Masonry Alliance
IPHA – International Pre-stressed Hollowcore Association
TF – Task Force