Last 1st-2nd April 2014, the European Commission, with the support of the Energy Efficient Buildings Association (E2BA), organised the 4th Workshop on the Impact of the Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) Private Public Partnership (PPP). All projects funded under the umbrella of the E2B PPP were invited to a 2-day event to assess the impact of the PPP initiative and to strengthen the cooperation links within the community.
The main objectives were to engage project participants by intensifying cross-project collaboration and to demonstrate the value of the PPP.
During the first day, several presentations on the Impact of EeB PPP Projects were made, with the aim to assess the impact achieved and the potential benefits of clustering. Three parallel sessions were organized on:
- Nanotechnologies and advanced materials in EeB
- ICT for energy-efficient buildings
- Integration and demonstration of technologies for EeB
NEED4B, as project selected under the E2B PPP, is playing an important role in the implementation of the PPP objectives, and was kindly invited by European Comission to contribute to a group presentation within the third parallel session “Integration and demonstration of technologies for EeB” together with E2REBUILD, SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE, BEEM-UP, NEXT BUILDINGS, BUILDSMART, NEED4B, DIRECTION projects. These projects belong to the same ‘supported area of research’ as NEED4B catalogued as “Demonstration of high-performance energy-efficient buildings”. As a whole, 8 areas of research were addressed in the parallel session, integrating 48 projects. The focus of the session was on how a group of projects working in the same area and supported by the PPP initiative will achieve an impact on the sector and society, and if and how common issues can be tackled together.
With this aim, the respective project coordinators discussed common issues potentially affecting the impact of their projects, the benefits of clustering activities already carried out, and the potential benefits of such future activities.
The second day, in a plenary session, participants could listen to a number of success stories presented by both EC and private sector representatives, talking about their views on the Energy-efficient Buildings PPP. The impact and outcomes of E-Hub, E2Rebuild, Seeds and Nanopcm projects was presented during the plenary session.
The presentations of the parallel sessions and the report from the Workshop will be published at the EC website