In this issue: Farewell Oscar & welcome Eleonora; Construction ecosystem roadmap; Level(s) tools; EAD published in the OJEU; European laboratory for structural assessment; BPIE report on energy price volatility; Intellectual Property EP report and TiO2 labelling

November
2021

 

IN THIS ISSUE

• Farewell Oscar & welcome Eleonora
• Construction ecosystem roadmap
• Level(s) tools
• EAD published in the OJEU
• European laboratory for structural assessment
• BPIE report on energy price volatility
• Intellectual Property EP report
• TiO2 labelling

UPCOMING EVENTS

• How to help business to become climate-neutral, Glasgow & online, 6 November 
• EU Raw Materials Week - Brussels & online, 15-19 November 
• Level(s): reshaping sustainability practices in the built environment – online, 24 November

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Farewell Oscar & welcome Eleonora

Life is full of surprises and after more than nine years with the Secretariat, Oscar Nieto will be leaving us to join the European Commission Construction Unit at DG GROW. Oscar has been an amazing colleague and quoting one of our board members “we deeply appreciate his expert knowledge … we value his reliability and his structured and detailed way of working when it comes to our standards and internal sectoral analyses.” On behalf of the Secretariat and the members of our association, we thank him and wish him all the best with his career.

Our new colleague will be Eleonora Piccinni who will be starting in early January. She will bring EU lobby, technical knowledge, and association management expertise to the team, and is already in close contact with the chairs of our expert groups. We very much look forward to working with her.

Construction ecosystem roadmap 

Following our in-depth analysis of the initiatives related to the construction ecosystem, the response was extremely positive, and a great number of our members encouraged us to take the theme further. We have now included an interactive version of the main illustration on our new website and separate articles providing insights about the initiatives. Visit our new website and read the new content available.

Level(s): reshaping sustainability practices in the built environment

This event, organised by the EC next 24th November, will introduce a new suite of tools to help a variety of professionals use the Level(s) framework to ensure that action taken on individual buildings makes a measurable impact on critical issues such as climate change, circular economy, climate adaptation, and health. Furthermore, speakers will explain how Level(s) is having an impact on EU and national legislation, provide examples of how the indicators have been used in building projects as well as how national certification schemes align with the framework. Read more and registration...

European Assessment Documents (EADs) published in the Official Journal

The European Commission published Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/1789 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/450 as regards the publication of references of European Assessment Documents (EADs) for flexible sprinkler hose with end fittings and other construction products. Read more…

European Laboratory for Structural Assessment  

The Joint Research Centre is opening the Reaction Wall facility (ELSA Reaction Wall) to academia and research organisations, industry, and SMEs. They invite cross-boundary proposals for projects to experiment, prototype and demonstrate ideas on the New European Bauhaus including safe and green renovation of buildings; nanomaterials in buildings and construction; design and retrofit for resilience; safety of built infrastructure against multiple hazards, including climate change, etc. The call for proposals is open until 16th January 2022. Read more...

Building Performance Institute Europa (BPIE): energy price volatility

This policy briefing argues that buildings are a necessary strategic pillar which must considered as part of a long-term solution to the problem of rising gas prices, especially as the stark price hikes are now (and may continue) to affect Europe’s most vulnerable, energy poor populations. Read more...

Intellectual Property (IP) in support of EU’s recovery and resilience 

A year ago, the European Commission published a new Action Plan on Intellectual Property, as it is seen as a key driver for economic growth, helping companies valorise their intangible assets. The topic is brought to your attention as the European Parliament has issued its own report on the matter and made some interesting recommendations. Read more...

New guide available on classifying and labelling titanium dioxide

The classification and labelling requirements for titanium dioxide (TiO2) changed in February 2020. As of 1 October 2021, following Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/2017, new classification and labelling requirements enter into force for the substance, mixtures containing it, non-classified solid mixtures and liquid mixtures. Read more...

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