A New European Bauhaus - The Concrete Initiative Manifesto

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.

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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.

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Energy storage in buildings – the potential in the Energy Package

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.

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Concrete sector welcomes emphasised role of buildings in achieving EU energy goals

Brussels, 30 November 2016: The Concrete Initiative welcomes the initiatives on buildings which the European Commission has outlined under its “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package, in terms of the important role which they will play to achieve the EU’s 2030 energy and climate goals. The package, published today, contains important items relating to buildings, including proposed revisions of the Directives on Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD), Energy Efficiency (EED) and Renewable Energy, and a new “Smart Finance for Smart Buildings” initiative.

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New study shows potential of concrete buildings to balance the energy grid and reduce CO2 impact

Brussels, 28 October 2016: A new study by 3E has demonstrated the huge potential of buildings’ thermal mass to maximise the use of renewable energy. This can result in up to a 25% CO2 reduction per dwelling, up to 50% reduction in the need for peak electricity supply capacity and savings of up to €300 per household per year.

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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.

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Fire safety with concrete

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.

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