Concrete Perspectives February 2014

Construction sector


The DoP on websites published in the Official Journal

On 21 February 2014, the Delegated Regulation on making available online the declaration of performance for construction products was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The regulation will help to improve the communication in the construction sector and will help SMEs comply with legal obligations.


For further information, you can find here Construction Products Europe’s summary on the regulation.

Official text of the Delegated Regulation (EU) No 157/2014


International Energy Agency’s Roadmap on Technology Roadmap for energy efficient building envelopes

The Brussels launch of the International Energy Agency’s Roadmap on Technology Roadmap for energy efficient building envelopes took place at the beginning of February 2014. The publication was published online in last December and its main focus is the building envelope.

In its conclusions, the report attributes 40% savings in heating and cooling thanks to improvements of the building envelope. Also, the paper contains an action plan to all key stakeholders in order to achieve the mentioned savings.


For further information, you can find here the summary of the Roadmap.

Furthermore, you can find here the full publication.


Live from the European Union


European Commission’s winter forecast published

On 25 February, the European Commission published its winter forecast, which foresees the continuation of the economic recovery. However, the recovery is muted and reflects the impact of the economic crisis in terms of deleveraging pressures, funding constraints as well as internal and external adjustment needs.


For further information on national forecast please visit the webpage dedicated to the forecast.


European Economic Forecast- winter 2014



News in brief

Graphs February 2014


National award winner projects


At the British Precast Award 2013, joint Project Award winners were Decomo UK for Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, and Thorp Precast for the new Cooperative Head Office in Manchester.


We presented the Emirates Arena in our November 2013 edition. In this edition, we present Thorp Precast’s winner. A new co-operative headquarters won the price, which is a 15 storey commercial office building. There are 3 structural cores formed with insitu concrete, these are then joined together with structural steel, the steel was supported for the first two floors by architectural white Portland mix precast columns approximately four metres tall. The steel was then fitted out with precast coffer units (Approx. 2000) typical weight about 4t, both steel and concrete were detailed in Tekla and collaboration was made between the structural steel and precast concrete sub-contractors.


If you would like to read more about the building, the whole article can be found here.




Atrium Internal PRhoades IMG_9496





5-7 March 2014

CEN/TC 104/SC 1 and CEN/TC 104

Vienna, Austria


11 March 2014

ECP TF Fire and Eurocodes

Brussels, Belgium


25 March 2014

BIBM Board meeting

Brussels, Belgium


27 March 2014

The Concrete Initiative – Roundtable

Brussels, Belgium




2 April 2014

BIBM Technical Commission

Brussels, Belgium


14-15 April 2014


Ispra, Italy


17 April 2014

CEN/TC 229/WG 1 and WG4

Brussels, Belgium (tbc)


25 April 2014

CEN/TC 104/TG 20
Paris, France





6 May 2013

H&S Committee

Brussels, Belgium


7 May 2013

CEN/TC 229/WG 1 and WG 4

Brussels, Belgium


8 May 2013

Communication Commission

Brussels, Belgium


13 May 2013

CPE – Implementation of CPR

Brussels, Belgium


21-23 May 2014

BIBM Congress

Istanbul, Turkey


22 May 2014

BIBM General Assembly

Istanbul, Turkey


27 May 2014

The Concrete Initiative – Official launch

Brussels, Belgium


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