Mission

Mission

The European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) will raise the sector to a higher worldbeating level of performance and competitiveness. This is achieved by analysing the major challenges that the sector faces in terms of society, sustainability and technological development. Research and innovation strategies are developed to meet these challenges engaging with and mobilising the wide range of leading skills, expertise and talent available to us within our industry over the coming decades, in order to meet the needs of the Society.



The ECTP will have to overcome key challenges of the 21st century including:
  • The industrialisation of the construction process to significantly reduce construction costs and increase quality;
  • The creation of safe and healthy working and living environments for European citizens;
  • Participation in the work to streamline national and European legislation to create a truly common market for construction products and services;
  • Action to reduce the use of energy, materials, and other resources in construction and in the built environment;
  • Enhancing the competitiveness of the European construction sector with respect to the USA and the low cost economies;
  • Create an understanding that the construction sector is innovative and researchdriven;
  • Contribute to the improvement of the quality of the built environment that will be accessible for all;
  • Address the needs of ageing and disabling population whose mobility and independence are reduced by the absence of accessible transport systems and built environments;
  • Make construction become an advanced knowledge economy sector at all levels of the supply chain;
  • Support integrated and sustainable development and maintenance of the European urban and rural environments diminishing conflicts of parties involved in interventions in immovable cultural heritage;
  • Ensure our cultural and architectural heritage is preserved for the benefit of society and the richness of our cities;
  • Strengthen relationships through the supply and procurement chains particularly with clients, citizens and the end- users of construction products;
  • Shifting focus from products to services to the Society.
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Outputs

Typical ouputs of major strategic importance are listed below

  • Vision 2030 for the European construction sector, signed and committed to by leading representatives of major stakeholder groups (endorsed by the HLG on March 1, 2005).
  • Strategic Research Agenda (SRA), outlining how the Vision 2030 will be achieved including roadmaps and strategies (endorsed by the HLG on November 22, 2005).
  • Detailed Priorities to be implemented at short and medium terms in R&D programmes or schemes (FP7, Eranet, Eureka, National ones...)
  • Increased industrial RTD investment, crucial for achieving the Barcelona objective of 2/3 industrial financing of research investments, with special consideration given to SME's.
  • Improved return-on-investment on public RTD funding,, especially the European Commission 7th Framework Programme.
  • Action plans for research through existing tools, Joint European Technology Initiatives (article 171 of the Treaty) and other mechanisms.
  • Identify and address barriers to RTD and the take-up of innovations and technology, contracting product development times and time to the market.
  • Contribute to the European Research Area (ERA), including integration of Member State research programmes and projects.
  • Contribute to the integration of new Members States by sharing knowledge and technology and working on joint research and innovation activities.
  • Recommendations regarding EU and national legislation and regulation to create incentives for growth and development.

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General structure

The structure of the platform is illustrated below:

General structure

The ECTP gathers appropriate members necessary to achieve its Mission. The members come from a range of stakeholder organisations including, but not exclusively, those listed hereunder:
  • Contractors, Materials and Equipment manufacturers
  • Designers, Architects, Engineers
  • Owners / Operators / Clients
  • Users / Consumers
  • Service and Technology Providers
  • Research Centres and Universities
  • Cities and Regions
  • Financial Institutions
The Mirror Group is formed by representatives from the Member States and DG Research. It assures the link between the ECTP and Member States. The Chairman of the Support Group, the Secretariat and other SG members are regularly invited to participate in the meetings of this Mirror Group.

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Focus areas

A number of initial focus areas have been identified, as presented below:

FAs

New FA's may be opened in the future as a consequence of identified needs. The four vertical focus areas address specific segments of the industry. In addition three cross cutting, or horizontal, themes help to integrate and harmonise the different approaches in relation to Quality of Life, Materials and Processes & ICT. Again, additional horizontal themes may be created in the future depending on identified need and achieving the necessary critical mass of interest.

The leaders of each FA define the group’s topics, organisational structure and meeting frequency. The outputs include specific proposals to the SG, contributing to the definition of the Vision 2030, Strategic Research Agenda, Priorities and Joint European Technology Initiatives.

Main Tasks

  • Arrange discussion forums, workshops, etc.
  • Formulate visions and strategies in coordination with HLG and SG
  • Report to the Support Group
  • Disseminate all deliverables
  • Encourage and support proposals for projects and Joint European Technology Initiatives.
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National Technological Platforms in Construction and the Built Environment

Background

  • Many European countries have now established National Technology Platforms (NTP) addressing the future needs of the built environment, and particularly the challenge of innovation and industry transformation in the construction sector. In all cases, these national platforms are being led by industry with the endorsement of their governments. They include many common elements, such as involvement of all stakeholders and the aim of identifying technological, regulatory and financial challenges to improving the performance of the industry in terms of productivity and environmental impact. Some of these platforms may also be established as regional levels (such as in Flanders in Belgium).
  • The ECTP recognises the importance of the Platforms and has invited the coordinators of two established National Platforms to coordinate the links with other already established and emerging platforms across Europe.
  • A working group (NTPs WG), gathering representatives from all NTPs and the ECTP, insures the continuous link and interaction between NTPS and the ECTP. It meets regularly 2-3 times a year.
  • A steering group (NTPs SG), reporting to the Support Group, is in charge of coordinating the activities of the ECTP in that field.

NTPs

European Aims of the NTPs

  • To collaborate with the ECTP in developing a European Vision 2030, a Strategic Research Agenda and Roadmaps for research and innovation in the construction sector by contributing with national viewpoints.
  • To establish a network for NTPs to collaborate at a European level, creating an opportunity for a wide range of national stakeholders (including industry, national organisations, SMEs and clients) to learn from each other in areas of best practice, research agendas and national goals.
  • To deliver Construction related research priorities to the National Programmes taking into account ECTP priorities supported by NTPs.
  • To map national regulations and policies relating to construction and identify barriers to innovation in the sector that can be addressed at a European level.
  • To disseminate knowledge on innovation processes by exchanging national experiences of best practice.
  • To establish communication links between other trans-national research activities (such as ERABUILD and other possible collaborative programmes) and the ECTP.
  • To support the involvement of National stakeholders in the Eureka Umbrella on Construction: EurekaBuild.
  • To develop a framework for future networking of construction research infrastructure across the EU member states.

Statement of Support for the ECTP

  • The NTPs promote the work of the ECTP in the national context, stimulating organisations to participate in Focus Areas and disseminating information to appropriate national organisations, such as the national bodies in charge of R&D in Construction.
  • The NTPs take an active role in identifying and ‘growing’ potential new Focus Areas, as new priorities emerge.


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