Clustering workshop & DRIVE 0 Final Symposium: Fostering experiences from EU innovation projects to accelerate a sustainable built environment

Fostering experiences from EU innovation projects to accelerate a sustainable built environment

15th November| 9.00 AM–17.00 PM CEST
Brussels, European Committee of the Regions. Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat, No. 101

The StepUP Project celebrated the Clustering workshop & Drive 0 project Final symposium “Fostering experiences from EU innovation projects to accelerate a sustainable built environment”, with the objective to discuss about the impact of innovative construction and renovation approaches on both policy and the market, drawing insights from experiences from the ground. 

During the event, participants had the opportunity to delve into emerging trends and pivotal topics within the realm of sustainable built environment, covering areas such as prefabrication, circularity, off-site construction, modularization, digitalization, and industrialization.


9.00 – Registration

9.30 – Welcome & Keynotes

  • Welcome and agenda of the day. Michiel Ritzen, Senior expert in circularity, VITO
  • Welcome by Andres Jaadla, European Committee of the Regions (CoR
  • Welcome by Chairman of the Board at Estonian Union of Housing Associations EKYL
  • Keynote “EU initiaties contributing to sustainable built environment”, by Rebecca Kanellea, Drive 0 Project Officer, European Commission (EC) 
  • Keynote “A global imperative: Harmonizing consumption & finite resources?”, by Ronald Rovers
  • Introduction to the Projects poster exhibition. Ana Tisov,  Drive 0 Coordinator, Huygen

10.15 – Coffee break & Poster exhibition 

  • Drive 0 – Accelerating deep renovation processes through the design of a consumer-centred circular renovation strategies and solutions
  • StepUP – Making decarbonization of buildings a reliable, attractive investment
  • INFINITE – Industrialized durable building envelope retrofitting by all-in-one interconnected technology solutions
  • PLURAL – Plug-and-use renovation with adaptable lightweight systems
  • BuildUPspeed – Promoting & implementing industrialized renovation solutions
  • Giga Regio Factory – Market uptake and factory development for more affordable Net Zero-Energy renovations through industrialized solution packages

10.45 – Experiences from the projects to revolutionize construction

“A closer look at technological advancements in sustainable construction”, John von Oorschot, ZUYD

Panel discussion: 

  • Ana Tisov – Huygen as Drive 0 representative
  • Melinda OrovaABUD as StepUP representative
  • Jure VetršekIRI UL as INFINITE representative
  • Maria FountiNTUA as PLURAL representative
  • Maria Sara di MaggioABT as BuildUPspeed representative
  • Sebastien DelpontEnergieSprong France as Giga Regio Factory representative

12.00 – Coffee break

12.15 – From practice to policy to ignite transformation

“Addressing barriers to sustainable construction: Industry insights”. Sebastien Delpont, EnergieSprong France. 

“EU policies supporting the twin transition of construction”. Philippe Moseley, European Commission, DG GROW.

Panel discussion:

13.30 – Lunch 

14.30 – Illuminating opportunities to unleash the solutions market potential

Pitches ‘Success stories in implementing sustainable approaches & innovative solutions within commercial operations’ from:

  • Bart VoortmanWEBO (Family-owned carpentry factory from the Netherlands)
  • Jesús Miguel Alonso Pérez – Construcciones ACR (Spanish construction company)
  • Zuzana ProchazkovaPichArchitects (International architectural studio from Spain)
  • Daniel OrthBauKarussell (Social urban mining service provider from Austria)
  • Kalle KuuskEnterprise Estonia & KredEx joint agency (Estonian business & innovation agency)

Panel discussion between supply and demand side

15.45 – Final conclusions

Key takeaways & conclusions of the day. Michiel Ritzen, Senior expert in circularity & event moderator. VITO/ZUYD 

16.00 – Networking reception

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 847053.

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