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On 1 January 2017, the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) published the concrete certification scheme. The global responsible sourcing certification system is designed to help concrete, cement and aggregate companies obtain insight in the level to which a company operates in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible way.
The scheme was initiated by concrete industry partners from Europe, USA, Latin America and Asia.
For more information please visit: Concrete Sustainability Council
On 31 January 2017, 5 Members of the European Parliament attended the dinner of the European Masonry Alliance to discuss the possibilities to foster the housing market in Europe with an input from the European institutions. Both Cathrine Sthiler (MEP, rapporteur for the Construction Products Regulation) and Marlene Mizzi (MEP, rapporteur for the Standardisation package) gave their valuable input in the discussions on how to use the renewed package for energy efficiency in buildings to stimulate the housing sector.
Besides them, MEP Clare Moody, MEP Emma McClarkin and MEP Neena Gill participated in a broader discussion about the contribution to jobs, growth and social value of both the housing and the masonry sector.
On 21 March, Construction Products Europe organized an event on High-tech evolution in the construction sector. The vent was hosted by MEP Catherine Stihler (UK, S&D) and it was held in the European Parliament.
Experts discussed what the expected changes are the construction sector has to face with in the future.
More on the program can be found here.
The European Commission is considering to revision of the Construction Products Regulation in 2018.
In preparation for the possible revision, the Commission held several technical platforms between January- March. In January they discussed the "Simplification, including SME related provisions". Experts agreed that there are some articles which are difficult to be applied and interpreted.
The second meeting took place on 14 March and discussed the issue "Information flows and needs within the supply chain”.
Furthermore, the European Parliament held a public hearing on CPR, hosted by MEP Stihler and it focused on the future of the legislation and the improvements required to better apply it. Construction Products Europe was invited to the event. For more information on the outcome please see here.
Last but not least, the Commission published its study on the Economic impacts of the CPR which looks into the cost of implementation. Results of the cost evaluation show that construction product manufacturers’ regulatory costs are estimated at € 2.62 billion per year to comply with CPR obligations.
UNIFE, the European railway supply industry association invited BIBM to join the Declaration that calls for a strong European Industrial Strategy. BIBM co-signed the paper which now has 125 co-signatories. The Declaration united European industry in preparation for the EU Industry Day (28 February 2017) organised by President Juncker. The declaration calls for the development of a strategy to support European manufacturers in delivering growth & jobs.
Demolition, Decontamination and Recycling forum and Expo will be held on June 14-16 where The Concrete Initiate will hold a workshop (14 June) on the following issues:
- Cement, concrete and aggregates
Furthermore, on 15 June, there will be another concrete related issue presented titled Recycling Concrete: A Circular Economy Model- Best practices and Innovation and initiatives of the stakeholders.
Live from the European Union
European Commission to study smoke toxicity
Thanks to the advocacy work of Fire Safe Europe, the European Commission decided to prepare a study to assess the need to regulate smoke toxicity generated by construction products in fire within the framework of regulation (EU) No 305/2011. The study will be delivered by BRE, Ecorys and Vito who have already held their first meeting. The final study is expected to be ready by May this year.
EU Environment ministers agree on ETS revision
On 28 February 2017, the Council agreed on the revision of the Emission Trading System. The proposed directive contains economic incentives for industries to adapt cleaner technologies. It is expected that the new regime will ensure a greater reduction in greenhouse gases while offering protection to energy intensive technologies.
The revised rules will contribute to the EU’s goal of cutting its emissions by at least 40% by 2030, as committed under the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The proposed directive is now subject to trialogue negotiations between the Council, European Parliament and Commission. Final agreement is expected to be reached by May this year (end of Maltese Presidency).
European Environment Agency (EEA) published report ‘Financing urban adaptation to climate change’
On 27 February, the European Environment Agency published a report entitled ‘Financing urban adaptation to climate change’.
Th report shows that cities are making a lot of efforts and putting place measures to tackle climate change related changes and adaptation. It includes case studies and it analyses 11 cities across Europe are developing, funding and implementing urban adaptation measures.
National Award Winner Project
Apartment building Heka won the Concrete Structure of the Year Award 2014
Apartment building Heka in Helsinki, Finland has won the Concrete Structure of the Year 2014 award for skilled and demanding architectural and structural design as well as high quality of implementation.
The lace-like residential high-rise building complete with a tower is an impressive landmark in the Jätkäsaari environment, connecting the view axis all the way to downtown Helsinki.
The competent use of concrete combined with good cooperation among all the parties of the construction value chain has produced an architectural whole that reflects a high standard of construction technology and is full of expression.
Concrete has been used in diverse ways. The facade of the ten-storey tower and full apartment-width balcony wall has been executed with fibre concrete as a lace-like structure. The fibre-concrete facade solution is based on a precast unit manufactured from glass fibre reinforced concrete with new production technology. It can be used to produce cladding units of various sizes and shapes and three-dimensional units.
The white concrete facades of the external sandwich walls of the precast concrete building feature three different types of mold finish: graphic concrete, sandblasted and ground finish. The different structures of the facade reflect light in different ways making the facade puzzle-like, without traditional unit division.
BIBM Board meeting
BIBM Wastewater Engineering
CPE TG Implementation of the CPR
26 April (AM)
CEN/TC 229/WG 1
26 April (PM)
CEN/TC 229/WG 4 AHG Performance Durability Requirement
ECP TF Fire and Eurocodes
18 May 2017
BIBM General Assembly
CEN/TC 104/SC 1
ECP Board and GA
CPE General Assembly
Delft, The Netherlands
CPE Sustainability WG
To the Newsletter of Construction Products Europe (former CEPMC), please follow this link.
To read the Quarterly Newsletter of The Concrete Initiative, please follow this link.
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 Retrofi