2016 ECTP Conference. Presentations and photos available!
The 7th ECTP Conference took place on 17-18 November 2016 at Bozar in Brussels.
More than 170 stakeholders from the whole construction value-chain and representatives of the European Commission shared their experience and discussed innovation in the built environment in Europe.
The opening session, chaired by Emmanuel Forest, CEO of Bouygues Europe and ECTP President, and Luc Bourdeau, ECTP Secretary General, introduced the main challenges of the built environment. In his keynote speech, José Lorenzo Vallès, Head of Unit at the European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, reminded the importance of industrial participation whithin the EeB PPP and the need to develop technologies with a commercial exploitation potential. Robert Missen, from DG Move, brought his institutional and regulatory perspectives on transport infrastructures issues. Jennifer Layke, BEA - SE4ALL Coordinator, highlighted the importance of public-private collaboration to increase energy efficiency in buildings. Juan Elizaga, ENCORD President, presented inputs to shape the future of an innovative built environment (cf. video). Then, Juan Manuel Mieres provided the audience with the SME perspective and addressed the issue of barriers for market uptake and energy efficient business models. Last but not least, EeB-CA2 CSA Coordinator, Régis Decorme from CSTB, presented the various services offered by the four EeB CSAs to foster EeB PPP projects impact.
Thematic parallel sessions addressed specific issues under the five current challenges of the ECTP. Sessions on transport infrastructure, materials and sustainability innovation, cultural heritage and urban regeneration research, age-friendly housing and energy-efficient buildings and positive energy blocks, chaired by the ECTP Committees chairmen, were the opportunity to develop fruitful exchanges with various perspectives provided by industry, research and institutional representatives.
In addition to the 5 Committees’ sessions, a session on digital transformation, chaired by VTT and Uponor, addressed the major issue of ICT. A session chaired by Jesus Rodriguez, ECTP NTPs Network Coordinator, was also dedicated to present inputs from the National Technology Platforms and find ways to increase their collaboration. Finally, two sessions on business models and regulatory frameworks to increase renovation of Europe’s building stock and on financing solutions beyond project duration completed the agenda.
The matchmaking event, organised in the framework of the EeB-CA2 CSA, was the opportunity for 50 stakeholders to discuss potential technological, research and business cooperation during bilateral meetings.
The two days of the Conference also offered some networking opportunities and exchanges of best practices in the hall for the innovation cases exhibition. ENBRI-ECCREDI met at their booth stakeholders active in construction research. Successful EeB PPP projects, CITyFiED, R2CITIES, E2EVENT, BUILT2SPEC, HIT2GAP, HEALCON, CAPDESIGN, LORCENIS, AMANAC, MF-Retrofit, Cheap-GSHPs, GEOTeCH, CREATE, ACCEPT, MeeFs and ECO-SEE also exhibited examples of innovation and promising technologies developed during the project’s lifetime.
Source: ECTP Secretariat, email@example.com