As members of the European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation (ECCREDI), EBC and key representatives of the construction sector at the European level call for a holistic approach for the Built environment, notably a Co-programmed European Partnership on the Built Environment and Construction, in Horizon Europe.
Key European construction stakeholders, gathered under the banner of ECCREDI as another sign of strong collaboration, published today the joint paper “Horizon Europe needs a holistic approach for construction to build tomorrow’s smart & sustainable Europe” in order to urge the decision makers that are outlining EU research policy for the next generation to take the importance of the construction sector into serious consideration.
The future of the construction sector depends on the modernisation of the built environment. For this reason, the construction sector makes a call to request that the built environment become a priority of the Horizon Europe programme: to cope with the disruptive pace of digitalisation and to capitalise on its potential we need a holistic approach in Horizon Europe, through the creation of a Co-programmed European Partnership on the Built Environment and Construction that will encourage cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-border collaboration.
The signatories believe that this new Partnership will ensure a better coordination of the different clusters of Horizon Europe Pillar 2 “Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness”. Moreover, the Co-programmed European Partnership on the Built Environment and Construction will facilitate the creation of Digital Innovation Hubs with a specific focus on construction.
ECCREDI President Sue Arundale added: “The whole industry needs and wants to accelerate the digital transformation of the business, which will be critical to resolve the main societal challenges of Europe. This is why we need to build on the success of the current public private partnership under Horizon 2020 and why we are pushing for a much needed focus on the built environment”.
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The European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation (ECCREDI) was created in Brussels in 1995 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by representatives of European federations concerned with construction, in its widest sense. Website: www.eccredi.org