BUILDUP

The European Portal For Energy Efficiency In Buildings

BUILD UP PARTNERS- Networking Across Europe

BUILD UP Partners are well-established umbrella and network organisations committed to energy efficiency in buildings across Europe. Having a clear vocation of serving public interest or representing the interest of industrial sectors, these organisations are able to offer a range of multiplier actions through their diverse and effective communication channels.

BUILD UP Partners contribute successfully to improve the energy performance of buildings through their powerful network of contacts and their own competencies in their respective areas of work. Through a range of promotional actions they significantly increase the visibility of the BUILD UP initiative and its web portal.

BUILD UP Partners are key allies of the European Commission in the pursuit of a common interest: the wider implementation of energy saving measures for better energy efficient buildings throughout Europe.

The Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) is the European organisation representing the architectural profession. Its growing membership consists of the nationally representative regulatory and professional organisations of all European Union (EU) Member States, Accession States, Switzerland and Norway. Through them, it represents the interests of about 480,000 architects and it seeks to influence all areas of EU policy and legislation that have an impact on architectural practice and on the overall quality and sustainability of the built environment.

More information: http://www.ace-cae.eu

The Association of European Building Surveyors and Construction Experts (AEEBC) represents 350.000 Building Surveyors and Construction Experts. These last are professionally qualified in the technological and management processes by which buildings are designed, constructed, renewed and repaired, in accordance with the national legislation of individual countries. Their expertise includes building pathology; asset protection; design and specification of new buildings; construction and project management; building maintenance, repair and renewal; legal work and expert witness.

More information: http://www.aeebc.org/

Active House is a vision of buildings that create healthier and more comfortable lives for their occupants without impacting negatively on the climate – moving us towards a cleaner, healthier and safer world. The purpose of the vision is to unite interested parties based on a balanced and holistic approach to building design and performance, and to facilitate cooperation on such activities as building projects, product development, research initiatives and performance targets that can move us further towards the vision. An Active House is evaluated on the basis of the interaction between energy consumption, indoor climate conditions and impact on the environment.

More information: http://www.activehouse.info/

AIE, the European Association of Electrical Contractors comprises 20 national associations representing 175,000 electrical contracting companies, a workforce of 1000,000 and a turnover of EUR 75 billion. Electrical contractors design, install and maintain intelligent systems for all kinds of industrial, commercial and domestic purposes alongside the well-known power and lighting applications. As a result of their involvement from the design and installation to commissioning, testing and maintenance, electrical contractors have a significant contribution to make in achieving best value for clients by providing energy efficient and cost-effective design solutions that best meet clients’ needs.

More information: http://www.aie.eu/

Created in 1979, the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (www.aivc.org) is one of the projects/annexes running under the Energy in Buildings and Community Systems implementing agreement, within the context of the International Energy Agency. With the support of 17 member countries as well as key experts and two associations (REHVA and IBPSA), the AIVC offers the building sector, policy makers and research organisations technical support aimed at better understanding the ventilation challenges and optimising energy efficient ventilation.

More information: http://www.aivc.org

ARCHI-EUROPE is a network of over 182.000 European registered architect members covering over 30 European countries. The multilingual ARCHI-EUROPE website represents a unique platform where architects coming from all over Europe can meet each other, show their work and projects, discover a full European agenda of international events related to architecture, and take part in international competitions organized by ARCHI-EUROPE, etc. Since 2005, Archi-Europe is also managing a website dedicated to European students in architecture counting already 1.200 schools and 50.000 students.

More information: http://www.archi-europe.com

The Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) is dedicated to improving the energy performance of buildings across Europe, and thereby helping to reduce CO2 emissions from the energy used by buildings. Our mission is to support the development of ambitious, yet pragmatic building-related policies and programs at EU and Member State level and to drive their timely and efficient implementation by teaming up with relevant stakeholders from the policy and research community, the building industry and consumer bodies. Created in 2010, BPIE is a not for profit organization.

More information: http://www.bpie.eu

CECODHAS Housing Europe - The Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing - is a network of national and regional social housing federations gathering 4.500 public, voluntary housing organisations and 28.000 cooperative housing. Together the 45 members in 19 EU Members States manage 25 million dwellings. CECODHAS Housing Europe members work together for a Europe that provides access to decent and affordable housing for all in communities which are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable and where all are enabled to reach their full potential.

More information: http://www.housingeurope.eu/

CEETB, European Technical Contractors Commitee for the Construction Industry, represents about 420,000 specialist contractors with 2,400,000 employees in all EU-countries and beyond. Member companies install electrical building equipment, heating, ventilation, plumbing, air-conditioning and all other types of energy systems. CEETB contractors have an in-depth knowledge of the energy performance of nearly all buildings in Europe. With their high-quality expert skills, they work on the little improvements that make a building energy efficient. The aim of CEETB is to make very low energy homes the default standard in the whole Europe.

More information: http://www.ceetb.eu

CEPI (Conseil européen des Professions immobilières) is a European professional organisation representing 42 national associations of estate agents and property managers in 27 countries. Through them, it represents the interests of around 250,000 property professionals. CEPI involves itself in all issues concerning property and works both to clarify, structure and influence the development of the property market in Europe, and to strengthen the work and activities of property professionals with the needs of the consumer in mind.

More information: http://www.cepi.eu

Climate Alliance is the European network of around 1,600 local authorities - in 20 European countries - committed to the protection of the world’s climate. Member cities and municipalities commit to the ambitious target of reducing their CO2 emissions by 10 % every 5 years. Among other services, Climate Alliance develops methods and tools for the setting-up, implementation and monitoring of local climate action plans and organises campaigns which allow local authorities to directly involve their citizens in concrete actions for a sustainable energy future.

More information: http://www.climatealliance.org

COGEN Europe is the European Trade Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration. COGEN Europe’s Membership includes around 100 power companies, power authorities, national cogeneration associations, suppliers, and other organisations involved in cogeneration in 30 countries. Its principal goal is to work towards the wider use of cogeneration in Europe for a sustainable energy future.

Based on the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal energy, cogeneration is an efficient way to deliver heating, cooling and electricity.

More information: http://www.cogeneurope.eu

Construction Products Europe federates a large number of national and European sectorial associations, which, together, cover all kinds of construction materials and building products. The association monitors European legislative, administrative and economic measures affecting the construction materials and building products industry, and ensures, whenever possible, that the industry's interests are taken into account. This dialogue and consensus with the European Institutions and societal stakeholders can therefore facilitate the sustainable competitive growth of the European construction products industry.

More information: http://www.construction-products.eu

Construction21 is a collaborative and multi-specialist network for green building practitioners. This resource centre, supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme, covers six European countries from 2012 and all of the EU Member States later on. The six first national platforms and the central platform in English propose a database of the most innovative European green building projects, news and thematic communities about sustainable issues.

More information: http://www.construction21.eu/

The key objective of E2B Association (E2BA) is to promote the creation of an active industry for the production, supply/distribution of advanced systems, solutions and added value services with a view to satisfy the needs on energy efficiency for the built environment. E2BA works to create business opportunities and jobs that deliver energy efficiency in buildings and district concepts, which drastically decrease the energy/resources consumption and reduce CO2 emissions of existing and new buildings in districts and cities.

More information: http://www.e2b-ei.eu

The European Aluminium Association (EAA) represents the aluminium industry in Europe, encompassing primary aluminium producers, downstream manufacturers, producers of recycled aluminium and national aluminium associations. Through environmental and technical expertise, economic and statistical analysis, scientific research, education and sharing of best practices, public affairs and communication activities, it notably aims to promote aluminium's contribution to sustainable development. The Building Group of the EAA speaks on behalf of the leading suppliers of aluminium framing systems for windows, doors and curtain walls and flat aluminium building products.

More information: http://www.alueurope.eu/

EAE is the European Association for External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems. It is a confederation of 13 national ETICS associations with 129 companies and an annual ETICS market of some 130 million m². The purpose of EAE is to promote the use of tried-and-tested external thermal insulation composite systems in old and new buildings throughout Europe. Its tasks include communicating the advantages of ETICS, and promoting a system approach as well as high standards of process quality.

More information: http://www.ea-etics.eu

The European Builders Confederation - E.B.C. - is a European professional organisation representing national associations of Craftsmen and SMEs working in the construction sector. Through its national members, E.B.C. represents 600,000 micro, small and medium sized enterprises from the construction sector. The European construction sector is composed at about 99% of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), who produce 80% of the construction industries output. The small enterprises (less than 50 employees) ensure 60% of the production and employ 70% of the sectors working population.

More information: http://www.eubuilders.org/

The European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, eceee is a non-profit, membership-based European NGO. The goal of eceee is to stimulate energy efficiency through information exchange and co-operation. To facilitate this, eceee provides and information service through its website and e-mail newsletter, arranges workshops and conferences, and takes active part in the European Policy making process.

More information: http://www.eceee.org/

The European Concrete Platform (ECP) is the voice of the concrete industry in Europe. Its membership is comprised of the European associations representing the concrete industry (precast and ready-mix) and its main constituents: cement, aggregates and admixtures. The ECP aims at promoting concrete as the material providing building solutions for sustainable development and sustainable construction. Through its inherent construction qualities such as energy efficiency, durability, fire resistance, thermal performance, comfort and adaptability, concrete offers a unique contribution to the societal, economic and environmental pillars of sustainable construction.

More information: http://www.europeanconcrete.eu/

The European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA) has member associations in 26 countries, and is the sole European federation representing the engineering and related services industry, which employs one million staff of which the majority are highly skilled in a breadth of disciplines. Engineering consultancies provide €100 billion engineering consulting services per year for about €1.300 billion investments in buildings, infrastructure and industrial complexes.

More information: http://www.efcanet.org

The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) is an international association working for the promotion of geothermal energy, representing the interests of European geothermal actors and supporting R&D in the field of geothermal energy use in Europe. EGEC helps its members to develop their geothermal business and to improve their financial framework.

More information: http://www.egec.org/

EHI, the Association of the European Heating Industry, represents and promotes the common interests of 35 market leading company members in the European thermal comfort sector, which produce advanced technologies for heating in buildings, including: boilers, burners, heat pumps, micro CHP, solar thermal, geothermal, biomass and radiators. In addition, members comprise 13 national industry associations from the EU Member States, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The industry invests massively in research and development in order to create technically advanced, safe and energy efficient heating systems.

More information: http://www.ehi.eu/

The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) represents the majority of the European heat pump industry. Its members comprise of heat pump and component manufacturers, research institutes, universities, testing labs and energy agencies. Its key goal is to promote awareness and proper deployment of heat pump technology in the European market place for residential, commercial and industrial applications. All activities are aimed at overcoming market barriers and dissemination of information in order to speed up market development of heat pumps for heating, cooling and hot water production.

More information: http://www.ehpa.org/

ELO – European Landowners’ Organization – aims to promote a sustainable and prosperous countryside through private owners´ activities and family businesses. Engaging various stakeholders, ELO develops policy recommendations and programmes of action. ELO organises interdisciplinary meetings gathering together key actors from the rural sector and policy makers at the local, regional, national and European level. Its ability to do all of this assures ELO its unique position among the think tanks in the agricultural, environmental and rural activities’ sectors.

More information: http://www.europeanlandowners.org/

Energy-Cities is a non-profit organisation of European municipalities, founded in 1990, committed to sustainable energy policies and active in sharing their experience and know-how with their members. The association represents about 1,000 members from 26 Member States of which nearly 200 are individual members. Since 2003, Energy-Cities has been managing the European Display® Campaign (http://www.display-campaign.org), promoting the implementation of the EPBD with emphasis on local communication activities in existing public buildings. Energy-Cities is leading the Covenant of Mayors Office together with other European city networks and a communication agency.

More information: http://www.energy-cities.eu

EPE, European Partners for the Environment, is a multi-stakeholder forum bringing together Public Authorities, Companies large and small, Trade Unions, Research Institutes, Environmental Organisations, Consumer and Ethical NGOs, and Civil Society Groups. EPE builds the ground for consensus on sustainability and serves as a catalyst, in Europe and around the world, to achieve into the future a better balance between the environmental, social and economic elements of life. EPE laboratories provide practical guidance on how co-operation among partners produces results that improve the environmental performance of products and processes encouraging their uptake by business and consumers.

More information: http://www.epe.be

EPPA is the "European PVC window Profile and related building products Association". EPPA represents the interests of, on the one hand the PVC window system designers and producers of the rigid PVC window profiles, and on the other hand the designers and producers of the related PVC building products. Related building products refer to all rigid and cellular PVC profiles used for finishing windows, home protection, roofline applications as well as internal and external decoration. EPPA is a sector group of EuPC (European Plastics Converters).

More information: http://www.eppa-profiles.org/

The European Solar Shading Organization (ES-SO) is an umbrella body representing the European solar shading and roller shutter industry, mainly through its national trade associations. ES-SO’s members employ more than 400,000 people, mainly in small and medium sized companies that are active on the local market within the European Union. ES-SO’s objectives are to provide a permanent point of contact between its members and the European authorities and to demonstrate that solar shading can make a substantial contribution to energy savings in buildings. ES-SO is active in a number of the EU’s Intelligent Energy Europe projects where it can demonstrate its technology as part of energy efficient buildings.

More information: http://www.es-so.com

The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) represents over 100 members consisting of manufacturers, service providers and national associations, which together cover 95% of today's solar thermal market. ESTIF's mission is to achieve high priority and acceptance for solar thermal as a key element for sustainable heating and cooling in Europe and, with immediate effect, to work for the implementation of all necessary steps to realise the high potential of solar thermal.

More information: http://www.estif.org/

eu.bac, the European Building Automation and Controls Association, represents 95% of the European manufacturers of products for home and building automation. We have three main foci: building automation, controls for residential and non-residential buildings, and energy services.

More information: http://www.eubac.org/

EUFORES (European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources) is a European parliamentary network with Members from all major political groups in the European Parliament as well as in the national EU Member States Parliaments. EUFORES’ core objective is the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Europe. As an independent and non-profit organisation, EUFORES is a leading promoter of renewable energy and energy efficiency. It organises events and conferences, advises on policy, disseminates up to date information to its members, and promotes beneficial legislation in the related fields.

More information: http://www.eufores.org

EUMEPS represents the European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene. EPS is a cost effective insulation material for building and construction. EUMEPS creates awareness of the benefits of the use of EPS by sharing information on the material properties and its applications, and by enabling an informed dialogue with builders, architects and regulatory bodies, on a national and European level.

More information: http://www.eumeps.org/

EURIMA is the European Association of Insulation Manufacturers and represents the interests of all major mineral wool producers throughout Europe. EURIMA members manufacture a wide range of mineral wool products for the thermal and acoustic insulation and fire protection of domestic and commercial buildings and industrial facilities. EURIMA was established in 1959 to promote improved standards and regulations for the use of insulation materials. More recently, it has developed to reflect the growing environmental concerns of society.

More information: http://www.eurima.org/

The European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) was formed by Europe’s leading companies involved with the manufacture, distribution and installation of energy saving goods and services for buildings .  EuroACE members have a total turnover of 140 billion euros and employ some 328,000 people. The mission of EuroACE is to work together with the European institutions to help Europe move towards a more sustainable pattern of energy use in buildings, thereby contributing to the EU's commitments on carbon emission reductions, job creation and energy security.

More information: http://www.euroace.org/

The European Heating Oil Association (Eurofuel) represents the national organisations that promote the use of heating oil for domestic heating in 10 European countries, including over 10,000 companies. Eurofuel is engaged in the promotion of existing and innovative techniques for heating oil and equipment, in the domestic market. In this way, our members are committed to ensuring the competitiveness and efficiency of heating with oil, while also reducing its environmental footprint.

More information: http://www.eurofuel.eu

Eurogypsum, founded in 1961, is a European federation of gypsum producers and manufacturers. Today the European gypsum industry has an annual turnover of €10 billion and employs 28,000 people directly and 85,000 indirectly. Eurogypsum promotes the interests of the gypsum industry at a European level, and currently includes national associations from 13 EU Member States, Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Gypsum is an environmentally friendly solution for the construction sector, as it sustainable, non-toxic and wholly recyclable

More information: http://www.eurogypsum.org/

Euroheat & Power is the international association for district heating and cooling (DHC). Founded in 1954, the organisation has members in over 32 countries, including all existing national district heating associations in the EU. Euroheat & Power promotes the advantages of DHC and related technologies including CHP at European and international level. The organisation also takes part in research, development and demonstration projects concerning district heating and cooling technologies and markets.

More information: http://www.euroheat.org/

The European Cool Roofs Council (ECRC) is a non-profit European association whose initiatives are driven and paid for by its members through an annual membership fee. It is a voluntary organization that brings value by promoting the benefits of cool roofing products to regulators, policy makers, consumers and other stakeholders. It is the child of the Intelligent Energy project “Cool Roofs”. The ECRC also intends to enable cool roof products to be identified through the creation of an accreditation scheme.

More information: http://www.coolroofcouncil.eu/

Eurovent, the European Committee of HVAC&R Manufacturers, is the representative of Europe’s major national associations in the industry of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. Its 19 members from 17 European states represent 1.010 companies, the majority small and medium-sized. In 2013, these accounted for a combined annual turnover of around 21 billion euros and employed more than 120.000 people – making Eurovent one of the largest industry committees of its kind. The association favours a level-playing field for the entire industry and strongly supports energy-efficient and environmental-friendly solutions.

More information: http://www.eurovent-association.eu/

EuroWindoor is the umbrella organization of 4 European associations of fenestration and door sector. Created in 1999 to create a functioning market environment for European fenestration and door sector, it is covering 30 national federations in Europe representing the interests of more than 50,000 companies employing around 1 million workers in Europe. It is the adequate representation of the fenestration and door sector in Europe, taking into account the individual responsibility of each member organization. “Fenestration” does include windows and curtain walls as well as accessories, but also installation, glazing and sun screening, etc.

More information: http://www.eurowindoor.org

The European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) represents 36 member companies and national associations across Europe, combining a turnover of over €7 billion and employing more than 45,000 people. EVIA serves as platform and point of contact between European decision-makers, scientists, and other relevant organisations involved in ventilation industry. The ventilation sector can bring a valuable contribution to the energy efficiency targets set by the EU as well as promoting a further harmonisation of national product approval processes towards common European standards.

More information: http://www.evia.eu

EWFA (European Window Film Association) brings together manufacturers and distributors of Window Film in Europe. Established since 2000 in Brussels, EWFA is in close contact with decision-makers and other stakeholders in Brussels to raise awareness of the capabilities of Window Film and its contribution to the energy efficiency debate in buildings. Window Film is highly engineered polyester for the upgrade and modernisation of existing windows. It significantly increases the energy performance of buildings through solar heat absorption and reduced heat loss.

More information: http://www.ewfa.org/

FEDARENE is the European Federation of Regions and Agencies for Energy and the Environment. It is the premier European network of regional and local agencies, ministries and departments which implement, co-ordinate and facilitate energy and environment policies. FEDARENE has more than 20 years of experience in the service of regions and energy & environment agencies. Among others, FEDARENE promotes the activities of its members on the European scene, advises on European programmes and funding opportunities, and facilitates the development of interregional exchanges, partnerships and transfer of know-how.

More information: http://www.fedarene.org

The European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) represents the interests of construction enterprises, regardless of size, across Europe. Established in 1905, FIEC has grown to include 33 national Member Federations spanning most of the EU, EFTA and including Croatia and Turkey. The Federation promotes the development of sustainable construction; advocates public-private-partnerships where they are beneficial; and advocates the renovation of Europe’s building stock. Such measures will boost energy efficiency, reduce the need for imported energy and create new skilled jobs in construction.

More information: http://www.fiec.eu/

GEFI – Groupement Européen des Fédérations intervenant dans l’Immobilier – EU Real Estate Private Owners, is a non-profit organisation representing national organisations from the EU27, which promotes private property, real estate property, sustainable housing and urban development. GEFI is notably looking for long term solutions on various issues such as housing offer, relation between landlords and tenants, energy savings in buildings, taxation and financial issues.

More information: http://www.europeanlandowners.org/

GLASS FOR EUROPE is the trade association for Europe’s manufacturers of flat glass. Flat glass goes into a variety of end-products such as windows and façades for houses and buildings. Glass products are essential to energy-efficient buildings, houses and transport. Windows containing high-performance glass, such as low-e insulating glass and solar-control glass, help reduce energy consumption. A better use of building glass alone could help reduce Europe’s CO2­ emissions by 100 million tonnes annually.

More information: http://www.glassforeurope.com

The IEA Implementing Agreement on District Heating and Cooling including Combined Heat and Power, deals with the design, performance and operation of distribution systems and consumer installations. The Implementing Agreement is dedicated to helping to make district heating and cooling and combined heat and power powerful tools for energy conservation and the reduction of environmental impacts of supplying heat.

More information: http://www.iea-dhc.org/

The IEA (International Energy Agency) Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) Programme carries out research and development activities toward near-zero energy and carbon emissions in the built environment. These joint research projects are directed at energy saving technologies and activities that support technology application in practice. Results are also used in the formulation of international and national energy conservation policies and standards.

More information: http://www.iea-ebc.org/

The IEA Heat Pump Programme is a non-profit organisation under which participants in different countries cooperate in projects in the field of heat pumps and related heat pumping technologies such as air conditioning, refrigeration and working fluids (refrigerants). Under the management of an Executive Committee representing the member countries, the Programme carries out a strategy to accelerate the use of heat pumps in all applications where they can reduce energy consumption for the benefit of the environment.

More information: http://www.heatpumpcentre.org/

The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme is one of the first programmes of the International Energy Agency. Together with solar industry associations, IEA SHC is working to increase the awareness of national and international government bodies and policy makers and to encourage industry to use new solar thermal products and services. With the Joint Declaration for a European Directive to Promote Renewable Heating and Cooling, IEA SHC calls for 25% of the EU heating and cooling to be supplied by renewables in 2020.

More information: http://www.iea-shc.org/

INIVE is an organisation that brings together the best available knowledge from its member organisations in the area of energy efficiency, indoor climate and ventilation. INIVE has multiple aims, including the collection and efficient dissemination of relevant information, providing guidance and identifying major trends, developing intelligent systems to provide useful knowledge in the area of energy efficiency, indoor climate and ventilation, as well as stimulating the implementation of building regulations. INIVE members include BBRI, CETIAT, CIMNE, CSTB, eERG-PoliMI, ENTPE, Fraunhofer IBP, SINTEF, NKUA, TMT US, and TNO.

More information: http://www.inive.org

The Institute for Building Efficiency is an initiative of Johnson Controls providing information and analysis of technologies, policies, and practices for efficient, high performance buildings and smart energy systems around the world. The Institute leverages the company’s 125 years of global experience providing energy efficient solutions for buildings to support and complement the efforts of non-profit organizations and industry associations. The Institute focuses on practical solutions that are innovative, cost-effective and scalable.

More information: http://www.instituteBE.com

ISOPA represents the manufacturers in Europe of aromatic diisocyanates and polyols, the main raw materials for polyurethanes. ISOPA seeks to inform all stakeholders on how polyurethanes play a vital role in promoting energy efficiency through their use as the optimal insulation material as well as in other key applications.

More information: http://www.isopa.org

LightingEurope is an industry association representing 31 leading European lighting manufacturers and national lighting associations. LightingEurope members employ over 100,000 people in Europe and represent an annual turnover estimated to exceed 20 billion euros.

More information: http://www.lightingeurope.org

PAN and PRO EUROPE is the European association of the insulated profiles and sandwich panels manufacturers. Its members are all private companies from Europe. The association has been newly created (autumn 2011) in order to contribute to the European debate and demonstrate to EU decision makers and other stakeholders the positive impact of insulated profiles and sandwich panels both for renovation and new buildings. They contribute to bring solutions to EU concerns related to energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings.

More information: http://www.panandpro.org

PlasticsEurope is the official voice of the European plastics polymer manufacturers. It has developed close partnerships with sister associations that represent the European plastics manufacturing chain. PlasticsEurope has more more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the 27 EU member states plus Norway, Switzerland, Croatia and Turkey. PlasticsEurope promotes the positive contributions of plastics by communicating plastics contribution to sustainable development, innovation and quality of life, and by initiating indepth studies and sharing experiences.

More information: http://www.plasticseurope.org/

PU Europe is the European association representing the polyurethane insulation industry. Its products help to save energy in a wide variety of applications in buildings, district heating, cooling and refrigeration, and industrial systems. PU Europe members have a total turnover of Euro 4 billion and provide 18,000 jobs.

More information: http://www.pu-europe.eu/

REHVA is the Federation of European Heating, Ventilating and Air-conditioning Associations. It represents 100 000 experts in building services engineering in 28 European countries. REHVA is the leading professional organization in Europe dedicated to the improvement of health, comfort and energy efficiency in all buildings and communities. It encourages the development and application of both energy conservation and renewable energy sources. In these areas, REHVA has a significant impact on national and international strategic planning and research initiatives as well as on the associated educational and training programmes. REHVA´s multilingual HVAC dictionary is available at www.rehvadictionary.eu. REHVA Journal is available at www.rehvajournal.com.

More information: http://www.rehva.eu/

RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is the largest organisation for professionals in the field of property, land, construction and related environmental issues worldwide. With 91.000 qualified members, it is the leading source of property related knowledge, providing independent and impartial advice to governments and global organisations.

More information: http://www.rics.org/

Tiles and Bricks Europe (TBE) is an international non-profit making association which promotes the interests of the clay brick and roof tile industry in Europe in the fields of industrial, environmental, energy, standardisation and sustainability policies. It provides a forum for its members to exchange information on technical development, sustainable production and emerging issues. TBE is a member of Cerame-Unie, the European ceramic industry association. In its memberships, TBE has national associations and companies from 23 EU Member States plus Croatia, Switzerland and Norway.

More information: http://www.tiles-bricks.eu/

TightVent Europe aims at facilitating exchanges and progress on building and ductwork airtightness issues. TightVent and its partners bring together the experience of experts to overcome major challenges towards nearly zero-energy buildings in these fields. Through publications, research, conferences and workshops, it bridges gaps between research, pioneering initiatives, and wide-scale applications. It shares positions with other industries and stakeholders and thereby bring a clear message to policy-makers and building professionals. It also acts as a meeting point of airtightness related activities to learn about initiatives in training, regulations, research, etc.

More information: http://www.tightvent.eu

The Union of European Historic Houses Associations (UEHHA) is an umbrella organisation for national historic houses associations, promoting the interests of Europe’s privately-owned historic houses, parks and gardens and their contents. The UEHHA is dedicated to the conservation of Europe's great artistic and architectural heritage - its private historic houses, their contents, gardens, parklands and estates which represent about 35% of Europe’s “listed” heritage. Historic houses, numbering about 50.000 major properties from across Europe, form an essential part of its cultural heritage.

More information: http://www.europeanhistorichouses.eu/

The European Union of Developers and House Builders (UEPC) is the umbrella organisation for national federations of Developers and House Builders. UEPC represents more than 30 000 developers and house builders affiliated to the federations of 10 countries. The main aim of UEPC is to support and defend the interests of developers and house builders in Europe. UEPC keeps a close eye on the main EU initiatives, from construction to environment and energy efficiency or economic and financial developments, to react in a timely manner ensuring that the viewpoints of the UEPC members are taken into account in the EU legislative process.

More information: http://www.uepc.org

The International Union of Property Owners (Union Internationale de la Propriété Immobilière, UIPI-ASBL), is the only international organization representing worldwide the interests of real estate property owners since 1923. Members of UIPI are the national non-profit associations  of  small and medium real estate property, buildings and house owners and the private rented sector (both commercial and residential) of 25 European countries. UIPI  addresses problems such as housing and rentals, taxation, energy savings  in  buildings, property restitution and the defense of  Property Rights as internationally recognized Human Rights.

More information: http://www.uipi.eu/

venticool is the international ventilative cooling platform launched in October 2012 to accelerate the uptake of ventilative cooling by raising awareness, sharing experience and steering research and development efforts in the field of ventilative cooling. The platform supports better guidance for the appropriate implementation of ventilative cooling strategies as well as adequate credit for such strategies in building regulations. The platform philosophy is to pull resources together and to avoid duplicating efforts in order to maximize the impact of existing and new initiatives.

More information: http://www.venticool.eu

World Green Building Council (Europe Regional Network) - Green Building Councils are not-for-profit, member-based organisations that are driving the transformation of buildings, communities and users’ behaviour towards sustainability. The World Green Building Council is a coalition of more than 90 national Green Building Councils around the world, making it the largest international organisation influencing the green building marketplace. Our Europe Regional Network consists of more than 30 national Green Building Councils and works in collaboration with more than 3,500 member companies across Europe, which represent the full breadth of stakeholders in the buildings industry.

More information: http://www.worldgbc.org/regions/europe/europe/