The Concrete Initiative welcomes the New European Bauhaus Initiative as an opportunity to rethink the way we live and connect people through beautiful, green, innovative and inclusive design and wishes to engage with policy makers and the stakeholders in the construction value chain for a successful new edition within the framework of the Green Deal.
Brussels, 08/06/2021 – The Concrete Initiative (TCI) is pleased to announce it has been approved as an Official Partner of the New European Bauhaus, an EU initiative and vision for a sustainable built environment based on the Green Deal objectives.
EU Industrial Strategy: the construction value chain stands ready to define a pathway for transition to achieve EU goals
Brussels, 18 May 2021 – On 5th May, the European Commission released the new EU Industrial Strategy, which puts a renewed focus on the key ecosystems, including construction. The European Federation for Precast Concrete (BIBM), the European Cement Association (CEMBUREAU), the European Federation of Concrete Admixtures Associations (EFCA), the European Ready-Mixed Concrete Organisation (ERMCO) and the European Aggregates Association (UEPG)1, as member of the Construction 2050 Alliance, welcomes the priority given to the construction ecosystem as one of the sectors that faces the most important challenges in meeting climate and sustainability goals and in embracing the digital transformation.
Increasing renewable energy uptake will bring the need for greater energy flexibility and storage in order to match supply with demand. What if buildings could play this role, by offering thermal storage capacity that is currently untapped? This event will explore this concept, and make the link between the different elements of the Energy Package, from energy performance of buildings (EPBD) to electricity market design.
Renewable energy in buildings: Unleashing the potential of thermal mass for electricity grid flexibility
One of the challenges which we face today in terms of renewable energy is the mismatch between when this energy is generated and when it is needed. In order to make the most of the energy generated by renewables, such as wind and solar, flexibility is needed in the electricity grid. Heavyweight buildings can provide this flexibility by allowing for consumer energy demand to be shifted in time by using structural thermal energy storage.
In terms of safety, one area of concern for citizens is how well protected they are in the event of a fire breaking out. In this document, The Concrete Initiative outlines its views on what needs to be done to ensure a high level of protection for people in buildings, tunnels and other infrastructure.