Concrete Dialogue 2016: Responsible solutions to Europe’s housing challenges

There is a growing need for more affordable, energy efficient, comfortable housing, especially in our cities. We need innovative new collaborations from key players with scalable responses to these pressing challenges. This event provided a shared space for a range of stakeholders to consider what more the construction sector can do to help deliver solutions.

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International Seminar on Thermal Mass

The International Seminar on Thermal Mass, held in Madrid on 2 March 2016, was organised by IECA (the Spanish Institute for Cement and its Applications), PTEH (the Spanish Concrete Technology Platform) and The Concrete Initiative. The seminar was aimed at a wide range of stakeholders active in the field of construction, including policymakers, architects and engineers.

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Citizens at the Heart of the Sustainably-built Environment

On 19 November 2015, The Concrete Initiative held its first annual event, Concrete Dialogue 2015, entitled: Citizens at the heart of the sustainably-built environment.  This event brought together Members of the European Parliament, European Commission and civil society for a concrete dialogue roundtable to debate issues of relevance to sustainable construction. Furthermore, a new study on the multiplier effect of investment in concrete, as well as a JRC study on sustainability in construction were presented, providing new insights to further stimulate the discussion.

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Thematic Lunch 'Modernising buildings and infrastructure'

The need to address the existing building stock is mainly driven by energy efficiency considerations. Buildings alone are responsible in Europe for 40% of energy consumption, which makes it the single biggest potential sector for energy savings. For this reason, both the Energy Performance of Buildings and the Energy Efficiency Directives set targets to buildings to achieve the 20-20-20 strategy, and the latter even sets a minimum amount of total floor area to be renovated yearly by central governments.

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