Topic of the Month

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What is Topic of the Month?


In Build Up we want that everyone feels involved. That is what the Topic of the Month is for, so all the community can contribute with articles, events and much more under the same topic. 


This month of January our topic is 'Digitalisation of the building and construction sector'​​.


Which content is related to the topic?

  • BIM
  • Regulation Framework
  • ICT Practices and Tools
  • BEM
  • Automation and Standardization
  • Materials - Technologies and Case Studies
  • IoT
  • 3D printing / Fab Labs / Drones
  • Smart Cities technologies

Here you have the remarkable contributions of this month:


Overview Articles


overview.jpgThe crest of the Renovation Wave: A toolkit to decarbonise the European building stock  Renovation toolkits are integrated packages of prefabricated components, such as insulation/façades, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning.




overview.jpgE-learning for building professionals  The building sector presents a considerable unexploited potential for cost-effective energy savings. Nearly Zero-Energy Building (NZEB) standards have become a mandatory requirement in Europe for new construction from 2020, however increasing the rate.


Expert talks


expert.jpgExpert talks – Dragomir Tzanev, Executive Director of Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect  The 11th edition of our Expert Talks hosts Dragomir Tzanev, Executive Director of Center for Energy Efficiency EnEffect and official representative of Municipal Energy Efficiency Network EcoEnergy – Bulgaria.



expert.jpgExpert Interview - Eugenio Quintieri Secretary, General of the EBC  Eugenio Quintieri is the Secretary-General of the European Builders Confederation (EBC) since June 2017. In addition to managing EBC secretariat, Eugenio represents EBC in the European Social dialogue committee, supervises several legislative fields, including the digitalisation of the construction sector.




Think Big! Industrialisation of Energy Renovation: best way to scale up RW?. The 3rd EuroACE webinar “Think Big! - Industrialisation of energy renovations: the best route to scale up the Renovation Wave?” will focus on the industrialisation process of energy renovations and how this approach will positively affect the delivery of an ambitious Renovation Wave.



Masters of Digital 2021 – Digital as the driver for Europe’s recovery. This unique virtual edition will focus on the role of digital in strengthening Europe’s emergence from the global pandemic, and look at how deeper collaboration between business, government and civil society will deliver on the goal of a stronger digital Europe.



The International Standards Virtual Summit Spring 2021. BuildingSMART promotes international consensus among stakeholders on specific standards to accelerate implementation and uptake. buildingSMART standards cover a wide range of process and information capabilities unique to the built environment industry




TripleA-reno project: Entertain and Engage with the Energy Transition Game. Turning the boring into the interesting is a key aspect of public-sector initiatives that energizes people, be it public employees or residents! Gamification can accomplish that! Games are fun — they are not always about winning or losing, but about engaging people in an idea and a process. 



“My Europe 2050” e-learning tool. My Europe in 2050 lets you choose how we will change the European "Machine" in the next decades. How we will move, live, eat and consume, how we will change the agriculture, transport, energy generation and production systems. 





original.jpgQ&A: ‘We need to reduce the ‘embodied energy’ of buildings Retrofitting Europe’s buildings for energy efficiency is not enough to slash the carbon footprint of the construction sector and cut emissions in time to meet the Paris climate agreement goals, according to Dr Catherine De Wolf, assistant professor of design and construction management at TU Delft in the Netherlands.



original.jpgThe Horizon 2020 project NEWCOM at its final stages With the aim of a Europe-wide comparability of acquired skills, NEWCOM has created training schemes for flat roof and structural waterproofing, comfort ventilation and quality assurance and developed a competence database for the Europe-wide comparability of acquired skills. 




original.jpgSkills Agenda - Towards a job-rich recovery with sustainable buildings In its recent Renovation Wave, the European Commission outlined its vision on making Europe’s current building stock more energy efficient and sustainable by at least doubling the annual energy renovation rate of buildings by 2030.



original.jpgRenovation Wave - the European Green Deal To reduce emissions by at least 55% in 2030 and build the foundations for a climate neutral Europe by 2050, the Renovation Wave aims to renovate 35 million inefficient buildings by 2030.Renovating them is essential to reducing emissions and energy use.




resalta.jpgSvart hotel in Norway: how to reach the Plus Energy target The architect firm Snøhetta, in collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, has designed “Svart”, the world’s first Plus Energy hotel in a Northern climate.




sykesNotarjeva vila.The house was built after the 1st world war as notary's villa in the former periphery of Tolmin where richer buildings were located.The house expresses the characteristics of secession and is listed in the Register of Slovene cultural heritage.





sykesOrchestra project The EU-funded Project Orchestra project aims to leverage Gravity Sketch's own proprietary technological know-how and expand it to create the world’s first collaborative professional 3D design tool which addresses the transportation, industrial and consumer products, and film and gaming markets.



sykesFAST-SMART project The overall goal of the EU-funded FAST-SMART project is to apply novel manufacturing techniques on a large scale, recently developed by project members for synthesising smart nanomaterials for energy harvesting.




sykesINFINITE project The EU-funded INFINITE project will pave the way for the decarbonisation of the EU building stock by facilitating the uptake of all-in-one industrialised envelope technologies by the market.




sykesPLATOON project The EU-funded PLATOON project offers methodology that deploys distributed/edge processing and data analytics technologies for optimised real-time energy system management in a simple way for energy domain experts.




sykesiBECOME project The EU-funded iBECOME project will increase intelligence, decarbonisation and decentralisation of the energy system by transforming building and operation data into products that can be profitable in the innovative business framework.




sykesENSNARE project The methodology and tools provided will facilitate the necessary market uptake of novel and highly efficient solutions for nZEB, accelerating the current retrofitting rate and supporting the transformation of the European building stock into a highly efficient and technologically advanced built environment.



Get ready for February's Topic of the Month 'Building operation and smart buildings' and prepare your next publications.


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