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On 29 November 2013, the European Commission held the second meeting of the High Level Tripartite Forum to discuss the work of the five Thematic Groups and the progress of the Action plan presented in its Communication on Sustainable Competitiveness of the Construction Sector in July 2012.
The discussion mainly focused on financing assistance of deep renovation and tax deductions on works and reduced VAT rates on products. Simplifying regulations and reduce administrative burdens were also on the agenda of the Forum.
Creating better working conditions and safe working environment in order to ameliorate the career prospects for young people and therefore attract them to the construction sector.
The Forum discussed how to promote a single structure for the measurement of the environmental performance of construction products, by building on existing environmental assessment tools and European standards.
The discussion focused on how to identify, avoid and remove provisions in EU legal acts creating overlaps, inconsistencies, obsolete measures or excessive cumulative burden.
In order to foster international cooperation on regulation and standards beyond Eurocodes, the following areas shall be explored and discussed: construction design, construction products and professional services.
Construction Products Europe publishes blog on Declaration of Performance (DoP)
In December 2013, Construction Products Europe prepared and published a blog on its website on Declaration of Performance for construction products.
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Resource Efficiency Scoreboard published
On 6 December 2013, the Statistical Office of the European Union issued the Resource Efficiency Scoreboard with a set of 30 indicators for assessing the use of natural resources in the EU. The indicators are built on a previously organised public consultation (held during autumn 2012); in which the European Concrete Platform represented BIBM’s position.
In the framework of the Resource Efficiency Roadmap, the Commission is expected to issue a circular economy policy package during summer 2014 which may suggest refinements to indicators on materials alongside related policies.
The lead indicator of the Scoreboard was defined as “Resource productivity “(€/kg) which is accompanied by the indicator “Domestic material consumption” which, according to Eurostat “complements” the picture on material resources.
Next to the lead indicator, there is a dashboard of indicators focusing on land, water and carbon issues. Furthermore, a set of specific indicators were also established, focussing on the sub-themes, such as transforming the economy, nature & ecosystems and key areas.
The following indicators could be of particular interest to the concrete sector:
·Productivity of built-up areas
·Greenhouse gas emissions per capita
·Total environmental tax revenues as a share of total revenues from taxes and social contributions
·Energy taxes by paying sectors - Households
·Average carbon dioxide emissions per km from new passenger cars
·Pollutant emissions from transport - NOx
The European Resource Efficiency Platform is expected to publish its final report in March 2014.
National award winner projects- Belgium
FEBE, the Belgian Precast Association held its annual “Elements Award” on 28 November 2013.
VelH2O.net combines the problem of bad bicycle paths with two other challenges. The first is the need for a smart network of energy pipes which should not be removed each time. The second is the infiltration or slow evacuation of storm-water and the risk of flooding. The system is composed entirely of prefabricated concrete elements.
Architect: Luc Maes BVBA AD2M
14 January 2014
CEN/TC 104/TG 20
21 January 2014
BIBM Communication Commission
17 February 2014
18-20 February 2014
20 February 2014
CEN/TC 104/TG 20/Editorial Panel
24 February 2014
CPE – CPR WG
26 February 2014
4 March 2014
5-7 March 2014
CEN/TC 104/SC 1 and CEN/TC 104
25 March 2014
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