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Have your say: Designing buildings using circular economy approaches

We are inviting experts in the building construction value chain to take part in a survey and give their views on using circular economy principles in the design of buildings. The results will contribute to defining circular economy policies that could be implemented as part of the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan.

Renovation Wave: doubling the renovation rate to cut emissions, boost recovery and reduce energy poverty

The European Commission has published today its Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings. The Commission aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency. This will enhance the quality of life for people living in and using the buildings, reduce Europe's greenhouse gas emissions, foster digitalisation and improve the reuse and recycling of materials. By 2030, 35 million buildings could be renovated and up to 160,000 additional green jobs created in the construction sector.

New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers

Today, the European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan - one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe's new agenda for sustainable growth. With measures along the entire life cycle of products, the new Action Plan aims to make our economy fit for a green future, strengthen our competitiveness while protecting the environment and give new rights to consumers. Building on the work done since 2015, the new Plan focuses on the design and production for a circular economy, with the aim to ensure that the resources used are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible. The plan and the initiatives therein will be developed with the close involvement of the business and stakeholder community.

Study on costs involved in accessing markets cross-border for provisions of construction services

Construction service providers that expand their activities across the Single Market are often required to complete national 'market access' procedures before starting to provide services in another EU country. The objective of this study was to gather information about such procedures and assess the administrative costs that cross-border construction service providers face when complying with them.