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                                                                 September 15. Funding decisions were taken by the end
Dear Reader
                                                                 of 2009.
This is the first issue of the Eracobuild newsletter which
aims at keeping you informed on the activities of this           A second call has been launched in early December 2009
Network of programme owners and managers operating               in another field of interest which is the Sustainable
in the field of construction and operation of buildings          Renovation of Buildings. From 9 countries or regions asso-
and coming from more than 20 European Members                    ciated in this call, a budget of almost 4 M€ has been
States, Associated Countries or Regions. Eracobuild is a         made available to support transnational projects which
major tool to help them to cooperate with the motiva-            will be started in May-June 2010. This call and potential
tion to increase the sustainability of the built environ-        further ones in this domain will complement those
ment and the value of buildings for citizen.                     launched in the EeB PPP (Energy-efficient Buildings
                                                                 Public Private Partnership) between the EC and industry.
The ERA-NET scheme, launched in FP6 as a major pillar
towards the European Research Area, has been a remark-           But one of the key attractions of Eracobuild is that, as
able success and has given rise to a wide variety of joint       many other ERA-NETs, it must be seen as allowing differ-
activities between Member States’ R&D Programmes.                ent kinds of cooperation in a flexible way and should al-
Erabuild, set up in 2004 by 8 countries under the leader-        low countries to take a strategic approach to their
ship of Tekes, Finland, rapidly embarked on a strong co-         involvement. This is one of the main challenges of the
operation between programme managers within these                Eracobuild network to be able to give birth to these dif-
countries in the field of buildings, through developing          ferent kinds of cooperation between the numerous part-
several joint calls for proposals and tenders.                   ners which are involved.

The ambition of Eracobuild, which succeeded ERABUILD             We hope that this Eracobuild ERA-NET will contribute to
in late 2008, is to enlarge, strengthen and deepen a net-        enhancing the impact of research activities both on soci-
work of national funding bodies and policy makers in or-         etal aspects (e.g. better quality of life, more value in
der to set up a wider scheme of teamwork to foster               dwellings, and less resources consumption) and on indus-
coordination and cooperation between programmes.                 trial innovation (e.g. new products and processes in the
                                                                 construction sector), in cooperation with other forms of
Eracobuild is creating a structured dialogue between 34          transnational programme cooperation and their possible
partners. It is systematically exchanging information and        development via instruments such as ERA-NET Plus initiat-
best practices, developing integrated strategies, enhan-         ives, Article 169s or future Joint Programming Initiatives.
cing and launching joint activities between programmes,
co-funding research from national public budgets, and            Luc Bourdeau, CSTB
advising national governments and the EC for further             Eracobuild Co-ordinator
transnational cooperation.

Concretely, Eracobuild already launched a joint call aim-
ing at developing the concept of Value Driven Processes
in the field of construction, in order to improve supply
chain and client integration and add value to the pro-
cesses and outcomes of the sector.

The call was launched on June 5, 2009 and closed on                                            1
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An Interview with Head of Steering Committee Theo Zillner from BMVIT, Austria

How is the situation of European research in the                          ted a programme that aims at sustainable renovation of build-
construction sector compared to the rest of the                           ings – a topic that is highly relevant for energy saving and CO2
world (especially compared to US and Japan)?                              reduction - and right now there is a call open in that field for
If we take European research in the construction sector there is          consortia of European researchers.
a problem with the fragmentation of research into national
activities and that distinguishes us from countries like USA or Ja-       What is the role of Eracobuild in this situation?
pan. Beside different climate zones we find a construction in-            Eracobuild started in November 2008 but was quite successful
dustry that is mainly oriented at national markets with national          already from the year 2004 onward with its preceding pro-
or even regional regulations. Further reasons for the fragmenta-          gramme Erabuild in announcing several calls which brought to-
tion are the language barriers, since research activities are of-         gether reseachers in the field of construction from different
ten carried out in the national language, and the limited                 European countries. With the new joint programme and the new
cooperation of researchers beyond national borders. In some re-           call in the field of Sustainable Renovation Eracobuild tackles the
search areas this is more evident than in others. The construc-           big problem of lacking energy efficiency in the huge building
tion sector belongs to those areas where research mainly is done          stock. Would we succeed in carrying out renovations in passive
on a national basis and research is not yet of major interest for         house standard as we do partly in Austria already, we would be
the construction industry itself. The ERA-net programmes were             able to save 80% of the energy demand of buildings. To find
initiated to counteract this development and create a European            ways for reaching that goal we need applied research.
research network. ERABUILD and its follower Eracobuild were es-           Eracobuild is moving in this direction defining subtopics for the
pecially developed to speed up the Europeanization of research            current call like business models, financial instruments, policies
in the construction sector and we are working on that.                    and tools for promoting sustainable renovation.
In 2009 some very positive developments in the construction in-
dustry show that the sector is changing. With the foundation of           What are the next steps Eracobuild will take?
the E2B (Energy Efficiency in Buildings) Association recently by          The current call in sustainable renovation hopefully will bring
some active members of the construction industry and the                  promising proposals from interesting consortia of European re-
launch of a call for research together with the European Commis-          searchers and we are looking forward to follow the selected pro-
sion for energy efficiency in buildings they give a strong sign to-       jects. Another Eracobuild call was started earlier this year
wards the European research community.                                    dealing with value driven processes in the construction industry
                                                                          and we are able to fund some very interesting projects that will
What are the most relevant aims and challenges of                         start in the coming months.
European research in the construction sector in the                       Apart from the calls Eracobuild will take other actions for enhan-
coming years?                                                             cing the exchange of know-how across national borders up to a
There is one field in the construction sector where European re-          European level. So called Clustering events are planned in Era-
searchers are ahead of others and that is energy efficient build-         cobuild where researchers and experts are gathered to discuss
ings and even energy producing buildings. Because of the                  certain topics. Such an event is planned to take place in 2010 on
problem of climate change this topic is very high on the                  the topic of energy efficiency in buildings.
European agenda and it is of high priority worldwide today. Now
other nations are also working on solutions as we Europeans do            Which organisations are potential partners for Era-
and a lot of money is put in highly visible demonstration pro-            cobuild?
jects (e.g. China, United Arab Emirates) and technologies.                First of all Eracobuild is a network of national research pro-
Europe needs to join forces and link top researchers from the             grammes in the field of construction and we have national organ-
member states in order to stay competitive. Eracobuild has crea-          isations and initiatives like the national technology platforms as                                                     2
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                                                                            was created. The meeting discussed a second call for pro-
continuation of page 2
                                                                            posal as well as other activities within the programme.
important partners. Eracobuilds job is not a closed shop but open
national research funding organisations and national research pro-
                                                                            Sustainable Renovation
grammes from all European countries. On a European level Eraco-
build is cooperating with ECTP, the European Construction and
                                                                            A second programme within Eracobuild is "Sustainable Re-
Technology Platform, where we follow very similar goals as defi-
                                                                            novation". The overall goal of the Sustainable Renovation
ned in their strategic research agenda. The E2B association I alrea-
                                                                            programme is to support research and innovation for ba-
dy mentioned earlier is dealing with a topic that is close to our
                                                                            lanced and sustainable development within the built envi-
sustainable renovation programme and is publishing calls as we do
                                                                            ronment and sustainable economic growth of society.
and we have the same target group for those calls.
                                                                            During 2009 Eracobuild partners have worked on a joint
The target group for our calls are the researchers in the field of
                                                                            call on this topic. The call was launched in December
construction and Eracobuild is in contact with a network called
                                                                            and is closing in February, 2010. The purpose of this call
AERTO, gathering the bigger European research institutes. In the
                                                                            is to generate joint research and innovation activities wi-
coming months Eracobuild will intensify its role as a network and
                                                                            thin Sustainable Renovation of the existing built environ-
will connect to other groups and organisations dealing with rese-
arch in the field of construction in order to play the role of a kind
                                                                            The call has a broad focus. Beside new technologies for
of turntable to help establish a well connected European resear-
                                                                            energy efficiencies and sustainable material, the call al-
chers community.
                                                                            so seeks projects that explore new business models and
                                                                            new financial instrument for promoting sustainable reno-
Eracobuild VDP program                                                      vation. Moreover, also projects concerning Policies &
                                                                            Tools facilitating sustainable renovation are within the
During the kick-off meeting of Eracobuild in Zagreb in late Ja-             scope of the call. The call has a budget of EUR 4.5 milli-
nuary 2009 the programme “Value Driven Processes for Con-                   ons. Austria, Denmark, Finland, Flanders, France, Hunga-
struction and operation of Buildings” (VDP) was formally                    ry, Nordic Region, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland are
launched. The programme “Value driven processes” is aiming                  participating the call. Eracobuild plans to have another
both at developing sub-areas within the process area as well                call within Sustainable Renovation next year.
as taking a holistic view on the overall processes within the
sector. To meet the character of the process questions, a cle-              Time table
ar multi sector and multidisciplinary approach is required.                 Publication of the call: December 2009
The scope of the programme covers planning, construction                    Deadline for proposals: February 28, 2010 at 15:00 (CET)
and operation of buildings. During the preceding ERABUILD                   Evaluation of proposals: April 2010
project the programme concept had been thoroughly discus-                   Formal Funding decisions: May-June 2010
sed and planned why the intended activities could be started
rapidly. During the kick-off meeting, 14 Eracobuild partners                Please visit
from 13 countries announced interest in participating in the
work. They thus formed the VDP Programme group.                             E2B/EeB News
The call for proposals was launched in the beginning of June
and closed September 15, 2009. In the beginning of October a                The EeB PPP (Energy-efficient Buildings Public Private
funders meeting was held in conjunction with the meeting of                 Partnership) will support the European construction sec-
the evaluation panel. 7 projects were found to be eligible and              tor and its extended value chain in their ambitious goal
three were recommended for funding considering available                    of researching new methods and technologies to reduce
funding. The process of national funding decisions will take                the energy footprint and CO2 emissions related to new
place in the time span from November 2009 to February 2010.                 and renovated buildings.
On November 16 the VDP programme group was called for a
second meeting and a revised list of members being interested               More information:                                                       3
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News of the Dutch National Liaison Point E2B meeting                International collaboration of NLPs:
On October 6th, 2009, the Dutch NLP-E2B met with mar-               Based on results of National Liaison Point meetings in the
ket, government and knowledge institute representatives t-          UK, Germany and The Netherlands, a meeting for E2B As-
o discuss the Multiannual Implementation Plan (MIP). The            sociation NLPs was planned during the ECTP Congress on
meeting was attended by 25 different companies/organisa-            November 24th 2009. E2B NLPs are progressing in many EU
tions, and split into two parts:                                    countries. Although there was limited time in this first
                                                                    trans-national meeting of NLPs, it was perceived as ne-
• Discussing the MIP-draft of the Adhoc Industrial advisors         cessary and successful. Exchanging ways of operating an
  group                                                             NLP, as well as the programming efforts of the NLP and
• Setting up a national roadmap for energy neutral building         their influence in the E2B Association and E2B Programme
                                                                    were very useful: Learning from each other and sharing in-
During the discussion of the MIP, the participants stated           formation! As a result of this first, too short, meeting, a
that, although they have an overview of the field of Energy         subsequent meeting in early 2010 is planned in The Net-
Efficiency in Buildings, assigning priorities is difficult.         herlands. This trans-national NLP meeting will be held
On one hand, this stemmed from their representation, on             jointly with the Eracobuild meeting, making the interna-
the other, they stated that the interconnectivity of the sub-       tional knowledge exchange even more powerful. We are
jects and topics is high. Besides prioritising, the parti-          looking forward to this meeting!
cipants also noted that there are differences in ways of
building and working between European nations. How                  The Dutch National Liaison Point
should the MIP address this? Moreover, participants men-            Olaf Adan                  Aart de Geus
tioned that the MIP should be more than just a number of
topics and projects. How should this be dealt with, with re-        Contact: (E2B)
spect to the long - term goals? These long-term goals were (Eracobuild)
presented as all new buildings to be energy neutral from
2020, the built environment to be energy neutral by 2050.           Fairs, conferences etc.:
There are different levels in the R&D approach: research
and development on a component level, on a system level             Austria
and in different Geoclusters and countries.                         World     Sustainable   Energy    Days   2010,   Wels, Austria
However, a lack of coherence is evident. Further, an ap-            March 3-5, 2010
proach to sharing information about the effectiveness and 
outcomes of the R&D is missing (e.g. benchmarking of en-
ergy performance of demonstration projects throughout               Sweden
the EU). A clear suggestion was to take such an approach            Conference     Nordbygg    2010    in    Stockholm,   Sweden
in the EU R&D Framework Programme. A small group rep-               March 23-26, 2010
resenting the E2B Association should be able to analyse,  
compare and distribute the know-how learned from the
E2B - related projects.                                             Finland
Regarding the discussion of the roadmap towards energy              SB 10 Conference: Sustainable Community -
neutral buildings, the participants felt they made great            buildingSMART, Dipoli, Espoo, Finland
progress. Although the roadmap is not yet finished, the             September 22-24, 2010
contours are there.                                       
Follow up meetings are scheduled in early 2010, in order
to finalise the roadmap. The first meeting of the Dutch Na-                                   *********
tional Liaison Point for E2B was very successful and, based         This newsletter is a product of Eracobuild in 2010.
on the final conclusions, meetings for 2010 will be sched-
uled.                                                               Editor: Klaus Stroink, TUEV
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