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Concrete Initiative holds Energy Efficiency debate
On 25 September, The Concrete Initiative held a lunch event titled “Energy storage in buildings – the potential in the Energy Package” hosted with MEP Bernd Lange in the Representation of Lower Saxony.
The event explored the untapped building thermal storage capacity in playing a role in a greater renewable energy uptake by ensuring flexibility.
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Fire Safe Europe holds Roundtable event on MEPs Against Cancer Roundtable series - Firefighters at high risk of getting cancer
On 28 September, host MEP Pavel Poc (S&D, CZ) and the Members Against Cancer (MAC) Group, in association with Fire Safe Europe held a Roundtable debate on fighting against the high risk of getting a cancer for firefighters.
A study of 16,422 Nordic firefighters, led by Prof Eero Pukkala, Director for Research at Finnish Cancer Registry, showed an increased risk of prostate cancer, skin melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, multiple myeloma and adenocarcinoma of the lung, as well as mesothelioma.
Dr. Anna Stec, Assoc. Professor at the University of Central Lancashire, led a study on firefighters and their work environment in the UK showing dangerous levels of exposure to carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).
Dr. Ondřej Májek of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic (ÚZIS ČR), together with Assoc. Professor Ladislav Dušek, Director of ÚZIS ČR, will present the possibilities of the Czech National Healthcare Information System (mortality long-term analysis, 100% of cancer diagnoses and all other chronic diseases, morbidity statistics). The key issue is data protection standards.
Following the presentations, a good discussion developed and there was a general agreement that construction products should be tested for smoke toxicity.
 Source: Fire Safe Europe
BIBM co-sponsorship of ICSA2019
BIBM is institutional sponsor of the 4th International Conference on Structures and Architecture is the world's leading and largest global conferences bridging the gap between Structures and Architecture. The next edition will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, July 24-26, 2019 (www.icsa2019.com).
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European Commission publishes Communication on “Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry: a renewed Industrial Strategy for Europe”
Thanks to the advocacy of the Joint Declaration signed by 130 signatories -including BIBM- , in his State of Union speech, President Juncker gave an important place for the industry and expressed his wish to make it stronger and more competitive.
In accordance with his speech, the European Commission published a Communication entitled “Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry: a renewed Industrial Strategy for Europe”.
The Signatories now working on the development of a joint reaction paper based on the EC Communication. This “reaction paper” will be used to meet with the Estonian Presidency at the end of October and advocate to make our points in the Council Conclusions and Presidency Report.
The Communication itself has a good, holistic approach however it misses concrete future actions and rather only provide a list of already ongoing initiatives. The annual Industry Day and the High Level Industrial Roundtable are nice initiatives and it provides an opportunity to the industry and Member States to shape the strategy. Its success will probably depend on the implementation and on the active cooperation among industry, regions and Member States.
The Commission incorporated several points found in the original Joint Declaration, such as:
European Commission launches Fire Information Exchange Platform
The European Parliament debated fire safety in buildings for the first time on 13 September. Thanks to the support of many Europeans, including a respectable number of Members of the European Parliament, who took the floor to urge the European Commission to act, the European Commission announced at that meeting that it would create a platform to discuss fire safety with Member States and stakeholders.
On 16 October, the very first meeting of the new Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP) will be organised by the European Commission in Brussels.
This meeting will bring together Member States and stakeholders to discuss fire safety in building issues, exchange data, best practices and lessons learnt on fire safety in buildings.
This platform follows the initiative taken by the Republic of Slovakia during its presidency of the Council of the European Union last year to organise a Member State Roundtable on fire safety in buildings. The conclusions of this 29 November 2016 roundtable will be presented by a Slovak representative.
This platform is also supported by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The meeting is expected to discuss, among other issues:
Fire Safe Europe welcomes this initiative by the European Commission and stands ready to support the work of the platform. FSEU has high hopes that the EU will also develop a fire safety strategy moving forward.
 Source: Fire Safe Europe
National Award Winner Project
AZIYADÉ Residence – La Rochelle, France
AZIYADÉ is a student residence of 92 apartments, designed by HOBO ARCHITECTURE. Its architecture evokes the Mediterranean so dear to Pierre Loti, writer and naval officer of the 19th century, a native of Rochefort. Man of land, sailor, a great traveller, he inspired this project design for the youth open to the world and to its connections.
The name of the Residence is the name of his first novel.
HOBO ARCHITECTURE develops ultra-industrial solutions in the concrete sector for housing.
The AZIYADÉ project for the CROUS in La Rochelle integrates the process of prefabrication of the constituents of the envelope and technical batches in the design and implementation process.
The residence of 92 student dwellings will be completed in less than 7 months with elements completely dry assembled.
The approach associates the constituents of envelope and technical batches. After this , the actual realization on the site is a quick and simple task.
La Rochelle is in level 3 zone seismic activity. The objective of HOBO ARCHITECTURE is always to improve the architectural quality, the quality of realization and use of the premises without giving in to purely economic reasons. To optimise costs, delay management and the reduction of uncertainties were crucial.
The use of self-placing concrete also makes it possible to propose other decorative approaches that are very perennial and integrated into the wall and ceiling matrices.
All phases of the project were carried out with the digital model (REVIT) and BIM processes.
This 3D digital avatar was used to carry out seismic, thermal and environmental simulations (sunshine - winds ...).
The 3D synthesis facilitated the integration of elements before delivery on site, as well as all the installation of electrical services, carpentry (doors, hatches, windows) and external railings.
The buildings are made up of elements, all made of prefabricated concrete, with a volume of concrete of 1 500 m3.
• 99 sandwich panels with a thickness of 38 cm (1,550 m2, grey finish, white or polished white depending on the location),
• internal partitions and other structural panels with an area of 3,037 m2
• 99 floor slabs with a thickness of 20 cm and an area of 2 080 m2
• 52 waffled slabs with an area of 1,052 m2
• 72 outdoor deck floors
• And other products (poles, beams, stairs, bearings).
CEN/TC 229/WG 4
Financing Sustainability (Concrete Initiative)
ECP TF Sustainable Concrete
CEN/TC 104/SC 1/TG 20
CPE Sustainability WG
SG 13 Notified Bodies
BIBM Communication Commission
VEEP General Assembly
Delft, The Netherlands
BIBM Environment Commission
CSC General Assembly
ECP TF Fire and Eurocodes
CPE TF CPR Implementation
BIBM Board meeting
ECP TF HEH
BIBM Wastewater Engineering
BIBM TF Eurocode 2
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List of Acronyms:
CPE - Construction Product Europe
CSC – Concrete Sustainability Council
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