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Research PPPs were implemented rapidly through the use of FP7 instruments. From 2009 to 2013 the Commission had launched four cross-thematic calls for research proposals from the FP7 thematic areas Nanotechnologies, Materials and Production Technologies, Environment and Energy and Information and Communication Technologies, based on the multi-annual roadmap of the Energy-efficient Buildings Ad-hoc Industrial Advisory Group.

For the construction sector, complementary actions with existing activities done by Member States have been sought. For instance, an ERANET ERACOBUILD has been established, which involves 21 Member States and focuses on sustainable renovation of buildings and value-driven construction processes.