Renovation Wave

After months of speculation about the content of the long anticipated Renovation Wave, the Strategy and several accompanying documents, including information about the European Bauhaus were published last week.  FIEC broadly welcomes what it has been able to analyse so far and particularly welcomes the revision of Energy Performance Certificates, Building Renovation Passports and the linking of these with the Digitial Building Logbook into one digital tool and the fact that Horizon Europe will be used to help support digitalisation in the construction sector. The one caveat at this stage is the possible extension of the Emissions Trading System to emissions from buildings. For that, we need to scrutinise any eventual proposals, which will need to be proportionate, feasible and compatible with other relevant regulation.  Further information can be found in our press release, below.



FIEC and EFBWW talk about tackling undeclared work in construction

Today, we invite you to watch the official video of the European Commission presenting FIEC and EFBWW and the role of EU social partners and their coordination across the EU to solve current and future challenges posed by undeclared work in the construction sector.
This video is part of the #EU4FairWork campaign launched by the European Platform tackling undeclared work, together with the European Labour Authority.



Lighten the load!  FIEC official partner in the new Healthy Workplaces campaign

Last week, the EU-OSHA launched its new Healthy Workplaces campaign “Lighten the Load”, dedicated to work-related Muskulo-Skeletal Disorders (MSDs).
FIEC has been recognised as an official partner of this new campaign by the EU-OSHA.
MSDs caused at work are of direct concern for our industry and can lead to a wide range of health problems, which in the end can impact the overall well-being of construction workers. This is why Health and Safety at the workplace remains a top priority for FIEC, with the aim of further developing a good culture of prevention amongst companies and to ensure that rules and legislation remain manageable for businesses of all sizes, in particular SMEs.




Level(s) is the first ever European Commission framework for improving the sustainability of buildings, living by the values of flexibility, resource efficiency, and circularity.
Level(s) is a voluntary reporting framework, which can be used by all stakeholders in the building and construction value chain. Level(s) also allows its users to set their own targets and progress at the desired pace.
The test phase was concluded in early 2020 and the framework is being officially launched on 15 October 2020.
Moreover, Level(s) is the EU Green Deal’s preferred approach to long-term sustainability in the built environment. It has also been included in the new Circular Economy Action Plan as a tool to “integrate life cycle assessment in public procurement and the EU sustainable finance framework and exploring the appropriateness of setting of carbon reduction targets and the potential of carbon storage”.

Read the article  “Level(s) – a sustainable buildings framework for all”