EBC is a sectoral member of and works in close cooperation with the European Union of Craftsmen and SMEs (UEAPME). UEAPME is the employers’ organisation representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at the EU level. UEAPME is also a recognised European Social Partner. Across Europe, UEAPME represents over 12 million enterprises with nearly 55 million employees. As of 2008, EBC – represented by Daan Stuit (from AFNL, the Netherlands) – has been chairing the UEAPME Construction Forum. This UEAPME sectoral committee discusses the most important policy developments regarding construction craftsmen and SMEs.
EBC is a founding member and project partner of Small Business Standards (SBS). EBC has also two mandated experts on behalf of SBS in the CEN Technical Committees on energy performance of buildings and on Building Information Modelling (BIM). SBS is a European non-profit association established with the support of the European Commission to represent and defend SME interests in the standardisation process at European and international level. The work of EBC mainly consists in defending SMEs interests in the drafting process of technical standards in the construction sector.
EBC takes part in the Standing Committee on Construction, which is in charge of regulating construction work. This is chaired by the European Commission and comprises representatives from the governments of all EU Member States. The Committee examines any questions posed by the implementation and the practical application of the Construction Product Regulation.
EBC is a partner of the Build Up Platform for the energy efficiency of buildings. Launched in 2009, BUILD UP is a European Commission initiative aiming to reduce the energy consumption of buildings across Europe. Build Up promotes the effective implementation of energy saving measures in buildings and offers free access to a wide range of information on best practices, technologies and legislation for energy reduction.Via the interactive BUILD UP web portal, building professionals and public authorities across Europe can easily share experiences, knowledge and best practices.
EBC is a partner of BIMCommunity. In its mission to encourage the construction sector in the adoption of the paradigm shift set up by BIM, BIMCommunity provides a platform for professionals, companies and all the participants involved in the life cycle of a building, to get informed and interact in local markets in a global BIM environment.
For several years EBC has been a partner of the biennial campaigns run by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). Living up to the commitment to improve Health and Safety, EBC has decided to devote time and actions to the partnership of these campaigns, also involving its members and always keeping them up-to-date with regards to Health & Safety issues.
The European Social Dialogue Committee for Construction was created in 1999 by FIEC (European Construction Industry Federation) and EFBWW (European Federation of Building and Wood Workers) with the support of the European Commission. In 2007 EBC was integrated as an observer within the employers’ delegation for this committee. The EBC Board of Directors mandated Andrea Marconi (ANAEPA, Italy) and Riccardo Viaggi (EBC Secretary General) to represent EBC at the committee meetings.
In November 2012, European small and medium-sized manufacturers of personal protective equipment formed the SME Safety organisation. Its mission is to safeguard and represent such manufacturers in the area of international standardisation. EBC became an associate member of SME Safety to represent the users of personal protective equipment, which are vital in construction.
EBC is a supporting media partner of the 12th IEA Heat Pump Conference, which will take place from 15 to 18 May 2017 at the World Trade Centre in Rotterdam. The theme of the Conference is: ‘Rethink Energy, Act NOW! This conference is the perfect forum to learn from and communicate with industry and research experts from all over the world. Over 400 participants from 30 countries are expected to participate in the 4 day Conference with four major tracks focusing on: Nearly Zero Energy Buildings, Smart Grids and District Heating, Industrial Heat Pumps and Waste Heat and Sorption and Gas Technologies.