Concrete Perspectives September 2015

Construction Sector

Fitness Check for the Construction Sector

The second mirror group meeting took place on 21 September and a study commissioned by the European Commission identified eight EU legislations on Internal Market and Energy efficiency (2004-2014) for further analysis:

  • Construction Product Regulation
  • Professional Qualifications Directive
  • Services Directive
  • Late Payment Directive
  • Energy Efficiency Directive
  • Energy Performance of Building Directive
  • Ecodesign Directive
  • Energy Labelling Directive

The next, second fitness check study will focus on environmental and health & safety legislations.

The fitness check of the construction sector was launched in 2012 by the REFIT programme of the European Commission and it aims at reducing regulatory burden in order to support the recovery of the construction sector.

Thermal mass: The smart approach to energy performance

The finalised Thermal Mass factsheet was published by The Concrete Initiative.

The Concrete Initiative – Publications

The Concrete Initiative – Thermal Mass Factsheet


The aim of the NEPSI project (acronym for the European Network for Silica) is to increase the safety of workers in contact with respirable crystalline silica whilst ensuring its use at industrial level.

NEPSI project – BIBM one pager

Hungarian Concrete Festival

On 30 September 2015, the Hungarian Precast Concrete Association (MABESZ) and the Hungarian Cement, Concrete and Masonry Association (CeMBeton) organised the first Concrete Festival in Budapest with an impressive conference and workshop programme. The conference had several presentations about the latest developments of architectural concrete and latest technological developments. BIBM gave a presentation about The Concrete Initiative and the daily work behind BIBM advocacy.

Among the presentations were the Szövetség ’39 (S’39), a hybrid design manufacture creative team whose primary focus is artistic design of large scale projects. The S’39 presented their very successful educational project for design and applied arts students, called ‘BETON Workshop’. At the conference, a small exhibition was also held where the attendees could have a look at the several creative projects prepared by the students for the “love of concrete”.

BETON Workshop project Hungarian Concrete Festival

Live from the European Union

European Environmental Agency issues new report on green infrastructure
On 21 September 2015, the European Environmental Agency published a new report entitled “Exploring nature-based solutions – The role of green infrastructure in mitigating the impacts of weather- and climate change-related natural hazards”.

Weather- and climate-related hazards, including extreme precipitation, floods, wet mass movement and storm surges are among the most serious climate related hazards. The new report tries to find out how the green infrastructure can help to get prepared for such extreme events.

European Environmental Agency – Press Release

European Environmental Agency – the Report

European Parliament’s resolution on the European Commission’s Work Programme 2016
On 16 September, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the European Commission Work Programme for 2016.

In its resolution, the Parliament pushes for a new proposal for circular economy package, for the revision of the energy efficiency policy including the energy performance of buildings.

Currently, the public consultation on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is open and the European Concrete Platform is developing a common answer of the concrete sector.

The revision of the EPBD is due by the end of 2016, as required under Article 19 of the directive.

The European Commission will present its Work Programme for 2016 in Strasbourg on 29 October.

European Parliament’s resolution

Press Release

News in Brief



2 October 2015

INGRESS meeting

Brussels, Belgium

6 October 2015

ECP TF Sustainable Concrete

Brussels, Belgium

7 October 2015

Environmental Commission

Brussels, Belgium

14 October 2015

CPE TG CPR implementation

Brussels, Belgium

15 October 2015

COHERENO final conference

Brussels, Belgium

20 October 2015

Communication Commission

Brussels, Belgium

28 October 2015

CEN/TC 229/WG 5 meeting (tbc)

Brussels, Belgium


10 November 2015

CEN/TC 229/WG 4 meeting

Brussels, Belgium

17 November 2015

BIBM General Assembly

Brussels, Belgium

19 November 2015 (upon invitations only)

The Concrete Initiative: Citizens at the heart of sustainably-built environment

Brussels, Belgium

19 November 2015

ECP TF Fire & Eurocodes

Brussels, Belgium

20 November 2015

ECP Board

Brussels, Belgium

23 November 2015

CPE CPR meeting

Brussels, Belgium

25 November 2015

BIBM Technical Commission (tbc)

Brussels, Belgium

26-27 November 2015

JRC SafeSust workshop

Ispra, Italy

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List of Acronyms

CPE – Construction Product Europe

CPR – Construction Products Regulation

C&D waste – construction and demolition waste

ECP – European Concrete Platform

EMA – European Masonry Alliance

JRC – Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

PCR – Product Category Rules

TF – Task Force

AhG – Ad-hoc Group