How EU programs for funding R&D take account of innovations in the buildings sector
Research is financed under the EU’s framework programs and, since 2009, via a few public-private partnerships (PPPs) involving industry and its value chain. The partnership Energy Efficient Buildings, managed by ECTP, contains a program specific to the building industry. This PPP is organized through roadmaps that all stakeholders have helped design – a guarantee of the relevance both of its research priorities and of its offers of contracts for funding annual programs. These very competitive offers provide major opportunities for developing new technology and validating the results through pilot programs anywhere in Europe. This activity is necessary to maintain the EU’s competitive edge and to orient this industry toward the goal of excellence. NOBATEK/INEF, a major partner in this PPP, has coordinated projects on topics related to the EU’s priorities.