The construction sector is Europe’s largest industrial employer, a major source of revenue from exports and an evident contributor to the quality of life for all citizens. Continued research and development is vital to provide a sound basis for recovery from the effects of economic downturn and to address the global problems of climate change and population growth. Within the NMP Theme of FP6 and FP7, research projects for the construction sector are in progress. Examples of projects can be found in Innovative technologies for buildings (PDF version, 2.91MB).
In 2009 also the Public Private Partnership Energy-efficient Buildings have been launched. The Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) PPP provides a financial envelope of EUR 1 billion to boost the construction sector by researching methods and technologies to slash the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of new and renovated buildings.