European Construction Technology Platform
Type of Structure: network / framework activity
Regional Scope: continental in the area: Europe
Parent Organisations: EU
Child Organisations:
Duration : 2004 to present
Contact Address: no office contact defined

General information and objectives

A new technology platform for the construction sector has been established, and is drawing up a vision for 2030, by which time the partners foresee the availability of intelligent houses, lowering the costs of underground construction to the level of above ground construction and ending the emission of CO2 from buildings.

The TP is expected to draft a strategic research agenda and action plans for the Member States and the European Union as a whole to follow.

The work of the TP is divided into a number of focus areas:
  • cities and buildings
  • underground construction
  • quality of life; networks (rail, road, water, infrastructure)
  • materials and cultural heritage.

    Under the 'cities and buildings' heading, the TP will work towards closing the gap between citizens' needs and what the sector can offer. This will involve a fresh look at concepts of buildings and construction processes as well as approaches to urban planning. In order to meet these aims, progress needs to be made in areas such as biomaterials, integrated sensors and preventions systems, the integration of fuel cell systems into buildings where cars are parked, and flexible modules for buildings.

    In order to facilitate underground construction, the working paper lays out step by step progress towards being able to construct underground with no workers inside the tunnel. The path towards this objective involves the development of linings with auto-correction tools, equipment capable of making automatic modifications from data collected during construction, laser technology, and, ultimately a universal boring machine able to work without stopping in any geological conditions.

    The vision for materials is currently divided into three sub-headings: cementitious materials, which should become a sink for CO2 and become resistant to fracture; ceramic materials, which will be developed with new applications in mind and using new production processes; and composite materials, which will ultimately include nano and smart composites.

    All of the individual goals set out in the working document are part of the broader aspiration to increase the competitiveness of Europe's construction centre while at the same time ensuring sustainability. In order to raise awareness of sustainable construction within Europe, 'tolerance, responsibility and creativeness' are needed, states the ECTP paper.

    Source: Giorgio Travaglini Euresearch

    For further details, link to the ECTP Home Page

    Last update: 3/11/08
    Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)

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