With a yearly turnover above € 1.2 trillion in 2011, the European construction sector, including its extended value chain (e.g. material and equipment manufacturers, construction and service companies), is the largest European single activity (10% of GDP) and the biggest industrial employer. Moreover, the built environment affects the quality of life and work of all EU-citizens. Since buildings use 40 % of total EU energy consumption and generate 36% of greenhouse gases in Europe, reducing its CO2 emissions by at least 80% and its energy consumption by as much as 50%, the construction sector is today on a critical path to help decarbonise the European economy by 2050.
The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) on Energy-efficient Buildings launched in December 2008 under the European Economic Recovery Plan managed to attract a high industrial participation and helped innovate the building sector. Under the new EU framework programme Horizon 2020, a contractual PPP on Energy-efficient Buildings will aim to develop affordable breakthrough technologies and solutions at building and district scale, facilitating the road towards future smart cities.
The multiannual roadmap for the years 2014-2020 (link) sets a vision and outlines routes towards a high-tech building industry, which turns energy efficiency into a sustainable business. This roadmap proposes research and innovation priorities openly agreed amongst a wide community of stakeholders across Europe, after an extensive public consultation.
This PPP is expected to deliver the technologies needed for the new sustainable and competitive European construction industry.