The industry must reduce the consumption energy, water, material and land in existing and new buildings and through embodied energy and running energy costs.
For example, 80% of energy consumed during the whole life cycle of a building occurs during its service life. Equally, household and services are the third largest source of C02 emissions in the EU-15.
Greater efficiency must be sought in the amount of raw material used and waste produced; in the energy content of construction materials; and in a sustainable approach to land use. The sector must respond to the imminent and growing threat of irreversible climate change.
Detailed research topics include:
- Efficient and renewable energy concepts, technologies and tools for new and existing buildings.
- Zero energy consuming and CO2 emitting buildings.
- Environmentally friendly manufacturing technologies for construction materials and components.
- Training, dissemination and legislation to support reduced energy consumption.