Multi-annual roadmap for the contractual PPP under Horizon 2020
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, by reducing its CO2 emissions by at least 80% and its energy consumption by as much as 50%, the construction sector... is today on its critical path to help decarbonise the European economy by 2050. This multiannual roadmap for the years 2014-2020 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 the wide community of stakeholders across Europe, after an extensive public consultation. The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) on Energy-efficient Buildings launched in December 2008 under the European Economic Recovery Plan managed to attract high industrial participation and helped to 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.