On 1 July 2014 the European Commission published its communication on resource efficiency opportunities in the building sector. The main objectives of this initiative are to promote a more efficient use of resources consumed in new and existing buildings as well as to reduce their overall environmental impact throughout their full life-cycle.
Construction and use of buildings in the European Union account for more than 50% of extracted materials and energy consumption as well as 30% of water consumption. Furthermore, the sector brings about 35% of total generated waste.
Bearing this in mind construction craftsmen and SMEs have been adopting, for several years now, new behaviours with the aim of taking into account and protecting the environment and its natural resources as well as continuing the fight against pollution.