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7 Measures to prepare your buildings for reopening after COVID-19

What can we do in our buildings to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection? Are there measures beyond complete disinfection of work spaces to facilitate re-entry?    The following proposals are valid for spaces where non-clinical activity...

Follow-up call with EU Internal Market Commissioner Breton

On 20th April EBC Vice-President Philip van Nieuwenhuizen joined a follow-up call with EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton and other construction stakeholders to discuss about the COVID-19 impact on the construction sector. In...

Covid-19: how to take advantage of the crisis to optimize digital skills in the construction industry?

In this particular period of health epidemic linked to COVID-19, during which many construction sites are idling or even being closed, it is important to rethink the ways of organizing work in the construction sector and to think about the...

Will coronavirus have lasting labour market effects? Cedefop seeks answers

Cedefop is designing the second wave of its European skills and jobs survey (ESJS) to include questions aimed at discovering whether the coronavirus effects on the EU labour market will be permanent.   The coronavirus pandemic has had an...

|CALL FOR PAPERS| Fifth Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy SUM 2020

Paper submission   The postponement of the Symposium allows us to welcome paper proposals until 31st May 2020.   Papers must address one of the conference topics and be prepared using the...

Life Cycle Assessment and straw construction

Life Cycle Assessment, or LCA, is an environmental accounting and management approach that considers all the aspects of resource use and environmental releases associated with an industrial system from cradle to grave.     Specifically, it...

Carbon neutral or climate neutral?

Carbon neutral or climate neutral? The question may seem incongruous, as the term carbon neutrality has entered the technical language used by policy-makers. For example, in August 2019, the Swiss Federal Council decided to aim for climate...

#ClimateActionNow

Any conversation about climate protection and introducing key measures likely to make a real difference quickly moves on to the topic of buildings. Our choices regarding how buildings are planned, constructed and used have a considerable...

The European Union has the tools to boost a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, say TEG experts

In a statement released today, the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (TEG) describes how existing EU tools (e.g. EU taxonomy, EU Green Bond Standard, Climate Transition Benchmarks) can inform a sustainable recovery from the...

Coronavirus: we're in a real-time laboratory of a more sustainable urban future

A pause has been forced on urban life. Quiet roads, empty skies, deserted high streets and parks, closed cinemas, cafés and museums – a break in the spending and work frenzy so familiar to us all. The reality of lockdown is making ghost...

In focus: Energy security in the EU

The constant supply of energy is something we often take for granted. Securing that energy supply is vital. It ensures our homes are heated – or air-conditioned – that we can phone, use lights and computers and that our hospitals, public...

Practical steps for responding to the coronavirus crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant effect on markets and commercial activity will likely present a range of challenges to the engineering and construction (E&C) industry — challenges that could deepen depending on the severity and...

InBetween Real Time Home Monitoring Service (RTHMS)

Towards a smart home: InBetween Project Consortium developed a notification system which allows you to adopt more energy-efficient behaviors   The introduction of the smart home concept and Internet of Things (IoT) in the...

Covid-19 Pandemic Puts Commercial Solar Strategies to the Test

The covid-19 pandemic is delaying new commercial solar project development and construction. Across North America, many facilities powered by solar have reduced or zero occupancy. Oil prices went negative for the first time in history.  ...

Power to the people: reinventing the grid

The prospect of a decarbonised energy system is now tantalisingly close, pushed forward by an infusion of renewables into the grid, the falling cost of wind and solar PV power, and advances in energy storage and smart digitalisation.   A...

Is PPP an effective tool for implementing energy related projects? The case of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thanks to the complex constitutional structure of BiH – with state level authorities, three administrative units (Federation of BiH (FBiH), Republika Srpska (RS) and Brčko District (BD)) and a further 10 cantons in FBiH, each with its own...

Fundación Telefónica, CEOE y la Fundación Laboral de la Construcción lanzan un curso on line gratuito para digitalizar al sector

La situación de emergencia que vive nuestra sociedad estos días ha puesto de manifiesto la necesidad de digitalización de los sectores productivos en nuestro país. Actualmente casi la mitad de la población española todavía carece de...

EU launches new €50 million pilot to develop skills and education across Europe

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and European Commission are launching a new pilot guarantee facility to improve access to finance for individuals and organisations looking to invest in skills and education. The EUR 50 million pilot...

Heating homes in Amsterdam with a "waste-to-energy" source grid

In Amsterdam, Waternet, the water company for the city, housing corporation De Key, and energy infra-specialist Firan have joined forces to explore options for a heating grid with heat from waste water, a source grid with 'waste-to-energy...

Renovation of a sports hall with blow-in-straw technique

The municipality of Tilburg was very pleased to be invited by the National Straw Building Association of the Netherlands (SBN) to join an international project to pilot the use of straw in the renovation of an urban building.   In the past...