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The Conference promoted a better understanding of residential energy efficiency among EU policy makers; by introducing improved and tailor-made EU level policy measures addressing energy poverty and security. It also aimed at a clearer understanding of how investing into residential energy efficiency can contribute to reducing energy poverty in the Easter European region.
Live from the European Union
Commission launches study on Fire performance of facades
On 22 March 2017, the European Commission launched a study on Fire performance of facades. The project includes several subcontractors to check the condition at national level and is divided in different tasks. The original scope of the project was: "to propose a complete and detailed product assessment method and a corresponding classification for fire performance of products (kits) for facades". The first steering group meeting took place in April.
Circular Economy Package
In March, the European Parliament voted in Strasbourg on the waste package prepared by MEP Simona Bonafé. The Parliament voted on 4 different waste related directives:
The original waste and recycling targets were confirmed as follows:
MEPs have also supported proposals to change the way in which progress towards recycling targets is measured. This includes changing the wording of laws which allow materials from sorting facilities to count towards final recycling tonnages.
In a debate preceding the vote, issues over the calculation of recycling rates were also raised by MEPs and urged to have a new method which will make it possible to compare at the right level and manner.
Importantly, the Commission’s original proposal focused on ‘recycling’ being measured at the point of input into the final recycling process, or through a derogation, the output of a sorting operation provided it is sent to a final recycling process.
The Environment Committee decided to eliminate the option of measurement at the output of the sorting stage (more information).
National Award Winner Projects
Belgium : KU Leuven's REGA student residence wins the FEBE Outstanding Precast Award 2016
Picture: © Stradus Infra
Residents can enjoy a large indoor garden with views of the Vunt river. The design office Michel Pauwels created a terrace on the water's edge that is also the highlight of the project.
Picture: © Stradus Infra
Prefabricated concrete blocks made to measure in various sizes by Stradus Infra nv form a terrace with different levels.
Architect: Michel Pauwels
Manufacturer: Stradus Infra
Contractor: Vanhoeyveld bvba
Client / Adjudicator: KU Leuven
The Wilrijk Square
Picture: © Stradus Infra
The Small Scale Precast Award was awarded to the Wilrijk Square project by Ontwerpbureau Stramien. Aquaflow pavement were used to create this pathway which is used for jogging and hiking. The pavement were manufactured by Stradus Infra nv. and it is a combination of two models of pentagonal shaped drainage blocks.
ECP TF Fire and Eurocodes
18 May 2017
BIBM General Assembly
CEN/TC 104/SC 1
CPE CPR working group
ECP Board and GA
AhG Concrete Initiative
CPE General Assembly
ECP TF Sustainable Concrete
Delft, The Netherlands
CPE Sustainability WG
CPE CPR Implementation TG
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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
VEEP Project- Cost-Effective Recycling of CDW in High Added Value Energy Efficient Prefabricated Concrete Components for Massive Retrofitting o