Concrete Perspectives March 2015

Construction Sector

  • On 27 February 2015, the European Concrete Platform (ECP) provided its contribution to the questionnaire on the green public procurement (GPP) criteria for office buildings currently developing by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

European Concrete Platform – Green Public Procurement Criteria Comments

  • On 3 March, Fire Safe Europe (FSEU) held a discussion with meeting of MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) in the European Parliament. FSEU called for the introduction of more stringent smoke toxicity regulations for construction materials.

    Fire Safe Europe – Press Release

  • On 5 March, a high level policy conference took place about the Circular Economy. The Concrete Initiative and CEMBUREAU were sponsors of the event and they equally provided a speaker as well in the person of CEMBUREAU Chief Executive Koen Coppenholle.Also, The Concrete Initiative published a new blog prior to the event.

For further information, please visit the organiser, Forum Europe webpage dedicated to the event.

For reading the blog and the interactions during the conference, please visit The Concrete Initiative’s webpage.

  • WAN Concrete in Architecture Award is now open, with a new subcategory for Low-carbon concrete building sponsored by the World Concrete Forum. The competition is open until 30 April 2015.

    For further information, please visit the award’s website.

  • The 2015 PCI Design Awards Site is now open, with two new international categories: Buildings and Bridges. Projects entered into these categories must be located in a country other than the U.S. or Canada. The PCI Certification requirement is temporarily waived for this category.

    For further information, please visit the PCI Design Award Site.

  • On 24 March, INGRESS, Industry Group on European Standardisation Strategy was officially created, of which BIBM is a member. The purpose of setting up INGRESS is to promote the common interests of industry in those areas of standardisation policy falling under Regulation 1025/2012; and to ensure that the principle driver of European standardisation should be market relevance.


  • On 26 March, BUSINESSEUROPE hosted its second BUSINESSEUROPE Day. The conference drew the attention to the importance of viable business investments in the field of climate change, digitalisation and called for better regulation to unleash the single market. In his keynote speech, President Juncker emphasised the importance of businesses and published a list of 10 priorities to boost Investment, Growth and Employment.

Speech President Juncker

BUSINESSEUROPE – event website

  • European Responsible Housing Initiative (ERHIN) launched its website, Housing Europe stands behind the initiative, and BIBM was informed about this new initiative thanks to the good relationship it has with the Secretariat. The initiative aims at promoting “fair and ethical housing production and management which improves the economic and social conditions of local communities”.

Live from the European Union

European Environment – State and Outlook 2015 Report published

On 3 March, a new report was published by the European Environment Agency titled “European Environment — State and Outlook 2015 Report” (SOER). The report is an integrated assessment of Europe’s environment that includes data at global, regional and country levels. The paper calls for a new, broader package on the Circular Economy, a review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, an action plan on Ocean Governance and a modified Air Quality package.

European Commission – Press Release

European Environmental Agency – State and Outlook 2005 Report

News in brief



14 April 2015


Madrid, Spain

16-17 April 2015

CEN/TC 229

Berlin, Germany

20 April 2015

INGRESS meeting

Brussels, Belgium

22 April 2015

SG13 (Notified Bodies) meeting

Barcelona, Spain

23 April 2015

HOLCOFIRE Steering Group

Brussels, Belgium

23 April 2015

The Concrete Initiative Thematic Lunch

(*attendance upon invitation only)

Brussels, Belgium

28 April 2015

BIBM Board meeting

Brussels, Belgium

29 April 2015

Environment Commission

Brussels, Belgium


5-6 May 2015

CEN/TC 104/SC 1

Brussels, Belgium

6-7 May 2015

CEN/TC 104

Brussels, Belgium

11 May 2015

ECP TF Fire and Eurocodes


12 May 2015

ECP TF Sustainable Concrete


18 May 2015

AhG Concrete Initiative

Brussels, Belgium

19 May 2015

BIBM Communication Commission

Brussels, Belgium

28 May 2015

NEPSI Campaign launch meeting

Brussels, Belgium


1-2 June 2015

ECP Board meeting & General Assembly

Brussels, Belgium

3 June 2015

CPE CPR working group

Brussels, Belgium

9 June 2015

CPE General Assembly

Brussels, Belgium

16 June 2015

BIBM General Assembly

Leiden, Netherlands

24 June 2015

NEPSI Council

Brussels, Belgium

25 June 2015

The Concrete Initiative Thematic Lunch

(*attendance upon invitation only)

Brussels, Belgium

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List of Acronyms

ACE – Architects’ Council of Europe

CPE – Construction Product Europe

CPR – Construction Products Regulation

ECP – European Concrete Platform

EIB – European Investment Bank

LIFE Programme – is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action

TF – Task Force

AhG – Ad-hoc Group