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OVERVIEW - BUILD UP Partners: An Exclusive Relationship

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At the time of writing this Overview article 54 BUILD UP Partners commit to sharing their experience on how to cut energy consumption in buildings on the interactive BUILD UP web portal. A wide range of areas of interests are covered by these organisations giving visibility to specialised expertise.

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What is a BUILD UP Partner?

BUILD UP Partners are well-established umbrella and network organisations committed to energy efficiency in buildings across Europe. These organisations represent the public interest and the interests of industrial sectors and are able to offer a range of multiplier actions through their communication channels.

BUILD UP Partners contribute successfully to improve the energy performance of buildings through their network of contacts and their own specialised competencies. Through a range of promotional actions they significantly increase the visibility of the BUILD UP initiative and its web portal.

BUILD UP Partners are key allies of the European Commission in the pursuit of a common interest: the wider implementation of energy saving measures to improve the energy efficiency of buildings throughout Europe.

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BUILD UP Partners (up to July 2013):



The Architects' Council of Europe (ACE) is the European organisation representing the architectural profession. Its growing membership consists of the national regulatory and professional organisations from European Union (EU) Member States, Accession States, Switzerland and Norway. Through them, it represents the interests of about 480 000 architects and seeks to influence all areas of EU policy and legislation that have an impact on architectural practice and on the overall quality and sustainability of the built environment.


The Association of European Building Surveyors and Construction Experts (AEEBC) represents 350 000 Building Surveyors and Construction Experts, who are professionally qualified in the technological and management processes that are used to design, construct, renew and repair buildings, in accordance with the national legislation of individual countries. Their expertise includes building pathology; asset protection; design and specification of new buildings; construction and project management; building maintenance, repair and renewal; legal work and expert witness.


ARCHI-EUROPE is a network of over 182 000 registered European architects covering over 30 European Member States. The multilingual ARCHI-EUROPE website represents a unique platform where architects can meet each other, display their work, discover an agenda of international events related to architecture, and take part in international competitions organised by ARCHI-EUROPE, etc. Since 2005, Archi-Europe has been managing a website dedicated to European students in architecture that includes 1 200 schools and 50 000 students.


The Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) is dedicated to improving the energy performance of buildings across Europe, thereby helping to reduce CO2 emissions from energy use in buildings. Our mission is to support the development of ambitious, yet pragmatic building-related policies and programs at EU and Member State level and to drive their timely and efficient implementation by teaming up with relevant stakeholders from the policy and research community, the building industry and consumer bodies. BPIE is a not for profit organization that was created in 2010.


CECODHAS Housing Europe - The Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing - is a network of national and regional social housing federations gathering 4 500 public, voluntary housing organisations and 28 000 housing cooperatives. Together the 45 members in 19 EU Members States manage 25 million dwellings. CECODHAS Housing Europe members work together for a Europe that provides access to decent and affordable housing that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable so that communities can reach their full potential.


CEETB, European Technical Contractors Committee for the Construction Industry, represents about 420 000 specialist contractors and 2 400 000 employees in all EU Member States and beyond. Member companies install electrical building equipment, heating, ventilation, plumbing, air-conditioning and other energy systems. CEETB contractors have an in-depth knowledge of the energy performance of all buildings in Europe. With their high-quality skills, they work on improving energy efficiency in buildings. CEETB aims to make very low energy homes the norm in the whole Europe.


CEPI (Conseil européen des Professions immobilières) is a European professional organisation representing 42 national associations of estate agents and property managers in 27 countries. It represents the interests of around 250 000 property professionals. CEPI involves itself in all issues concerning property and works both to clarify, structure and influence the development of the property market in Europe, and to strengthen the work and activities of property professionals with the needs of the consumer in mind.


Climate Alliance is the European network of around 1 600 local authorities - in 20 European countries - committed to the protection of the world’s climate. Member cities and municipalities commit to the ambitious target of reducing their CO2 emissions by 10 % every 5 years. Among other services, Climate Alliance develops methods and tools for the setting-up, implementing and monitoring local climate action plans. It organises campaigns that allow local authorities to directly involve their citizens in concrete actions for a sustainable energy future.


COGEN Europe is the European Trade Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration. COGEN Europe’s Membership includes around 100 power companies, power authorities, national cogeneration associations, suppliers, and other organisations involved in cogeneration in 30 countries. Its principal goal is to work towards the wider use of cogeneration in Europe for a sustainable energy future.

Based on the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal energy, cogeneration is an efficient way to deliver heating, cooling and electricity.


Construction Products Europe membership includes a large number of national and European sectorial associations that represent construction materials and building products. The association monitors European legislation, administrative and financial measures affecting the construction materials and building products industry. It ensures, whenever possible, that the industry's interests are taken into account. This dialogue and consensus with the European Institutions and societal stakeholders facilitates sustainable competitive growth of the European construction products industry.


Construction21 is a collaborative and multi-specialist network for green building practitioners. This resource centre, supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme covers all EU Member States. The central information platform is a database of the most innovative European green building projects, news and thematic communities about sustainable issues (in English).


The key objective of E2B Association (E2BA) is to promote the creation of an active industry for the production, supply/distribution of advanced systems, solutions and added value services that satisfy the needs of energy efficiency for the built environment. E2BA works to create business opportunities and jobs that deliver energy efficiency in buildings and districts, which reduce energy and resources consumption and lower CO2 emissions of existing and new buildings.


The European Aluminium Association (EAA) represents the aluminium industry in Europe, including primary aluminium producers, downstream manufacturers, producers of recycled aluminium and national aluminium associations. Through environmental and technical expertise, economic and statistical analysis, scientific research, education and sharing of best practices, public affairs and communication activities, it aims to promote aluminium's contribution to sustainable development. The Building Group of the EAA also represents leading suppliers of aluminium framing systems for windows, doors and curtain walls and flat aluminium building products.


EAE is the European Association for External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems. It is a confederation of 13 national ETICS associations representing 129 companies with an annual ETICS market of 130 million m². The purpose of EAE is to promote the use of tried-and-tested external thermal insulation composite systems in new and existing buildings throughout Europe. Its tasks include communicating the advantages of ETICS, and promoting a system approach as well as high standards of process quality.


The European Builders Confederation - E.B.C. - is a European professional organisation representing national associations of Craftsmen and SMEs working in the construction sector. Through its national members, E.B.C. represents 600 000 micro, small and medium sized enterprises from the construction sector. The European construction sector is composed of about 99 % Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), who produce 80 % of the construction industries output. These small enterprises of less than 50 employees ensure 60 % of construction production and employ 70 % of the sectors working population.


The European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, eceee is a non-profit, membership-based European NGO. The goal of eceee is to stimulate energy efficiency through information exchange and co-operation. To facilitate this, eceee provides an information service through its website and e-mail newsletter, organises workshops and conferences, and takes an active part in the European Policy making process.


The European Concrete Platform (ECP) is the voice of the concrete industry in Europe. Its membership is comprised of European associations representing the concrete industry (precast and ready-mix) and its main constituents: cement, aggregates and admixtures. The ECP aims to promote concrete as a building material that provides solutions for sustainable development and sustainable construction. Through its construction qualities such as energy efficiency, durability, fire resistance, thermal performance, comfort and adaptability, concrete offers a unique contribution to the societal, economic and environmental pillars of sustainable construction.


The European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations (EFCA) has member associations in 26 countries, and is the sole European federation representing engineering and the related services industry, which employs 1 million staff the majority of which are highly skilled. Engineering consultancies provide €100 billion engineering consulting services per year for investments of €1 300 billion in buildings, infrastructure and industrial complexes.


The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) is an international association working for the promotion of geothermal energy, representing the interests of European geothermal actors and supporting R&D in the field of geothermal energy use in Europe. EGEC helps its members to develop their geothermal business and to improve their financial framework.


EHI, the Association of the European Heating Industry, represents and promotes the common interests of 35 company members in the European thermal comfort sector, who produce advanced technologies for heating in buildings, including: boilers, burners, heat pumps, micro CHP, solar thermal, geothermal, biomass and radiators. Members include 13 national industry associations from the EU Member States, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The industry invests massively in research and development in order to create technically advanced, safe and energy efficient heating systems.


The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) represents the majority of the European heat pump industry. Its members include heat pump and component manufacturers, research institutes, universities, testing labs and energy agencies. Its goal is to promote awareness and proper deployment of heat pump technology in the European market place for residential, commercial and industrial applications. All activities are aimed at overcoming market barriers and improving the dissemination of information in order to speed up market development of heat pumps for heating, cooling and hot water production.


ELO – European Landowners’ Organization – aims to promote a sustainable and prosperous countryside through private owner activities and family businesses. Engaging various stakeholders, ELO develops policy recommendations and action programmes. ELO organises interdisciplinary meetings gathering together key actors from the rural sector and policy makers at local, regional, national and European level. Its ability to do all of this ensures ELO’s unique position in the agricultural, environmental and rural activities’ sector.


Energy-Cities is a non-profit organisation of European municipalities that was founded in 1990. It is committed to sustainable energy and is active in sharing their experience and know-how with their members. The association represents about 1 000 members from 26 Member States of which nearly 200 are individual members. Since 2003, Energy-Cities has been managing the European Display® Campaign (, promoting the implementation of the EPBD with emphasis on local communication activities in existing public buildings. Energy-Cities leads the Covenant of Mayors Office together with other European city networks and a communication agency.


EPE, European Partners for the Environment, is a multi-stakeholder forum bringing together public authorities, large and small companies, trade unions, research institutes, environmental organisations, consumer and ethical NGOs, and civil society groups. EPE builds on the ground for consensus around sustainability and serves as a catalyst, in Europe and around the world, to achieve a better balance between the environment, society and the economy. EPE provides practical guidance on how co-operation among partners produces results that improve the environmental performance of products and processes encouraging their uptake by businesses and consumers.


EPPA , the European PVC window Profile and related building products Association represents the interests of PVC window system designers, producers of the rigid PVC window profiles, and designers and producers of PVC building products. Related building products refer to all rigid and cellular PVC profiles used for finishing windows, home protection, roofline applications as well as internal and external decoration. EPPA is a sector group of EuPC (European Plastics Converters).


The European Solar Shading Organization (ES-SO) is an umbrella body representing the European solar shading and roller shutter industry, mainly through its national trade associations. ES-SO’s members employ more than 400 000 people, mainly in small and medium sized companies that are active on the local market in the European Union. ES-SO’s objectives are to provide a permanent point of contact between its members and European authorities and to demonstrate that solar shading can make a substantial contribution to energy savings in buildings. ES-SO is active in a number of the EU’s Intelligent Energy Europe projects where it demonstrates its technology as part of energy efficient buildings.


The European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) represents over 100 members consisting of manufacturers, service providers and national associations, covering 95 % of today's solar thermal market. ESTIF's mission is to achieve high priority and acceptance for solar thermal as a key element for sustainable heating and cooling in Europe and implement the necessary steps to realise the high potential of solar thermal.


eu.bac, the European Building Automation and Controls Association, represents 95 % of European manufacturers of products for home and building automation. We have three main aims: building automation, controls for residential and non-residential buildings, and energy services.


EUFORES (European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources) is a European parliamentary network with Members from all major political groups in the European Parliament as well as members from national parliaments. EUFORES’ core objective is the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Europe. As an independent, non-profit organisation, EUFORES is a leading promoter of renewable energy and energy efficiency. It organises events and conferences, advises on policy, disseminates information, and promotes legislation in the related fields.


EURIMA is the European Association of Insulation Manufacturers and represents the interests of all major mineral wool producers throughout Europe. EURIMA members manufacture a wide range of mineral wool products for thermal and acoustic insulation and fire protection of domestic and commercial buildings and industrial facilities. EURIMA was established in 1959 to promote improved standards and regulations for the use of insulation materials. More recently, it has developed to reflect the growing environmental concerns of society.


The European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) was formed by Europe’s leading companies involved with the manufacture, distribution and installation of energy saving goods and services for buildings. EuroACE members have a total turnover of €140 billion employing some 328 000 people. The mission of EuroACE is to work together with European institutions to help move towards a more sustainable pattern of energy use in buildings, thereby contributing to the EU's commitments on emission reductions, job creation and energy security.


The European Heating Oil Association (Eurofuel) represents national organisations that promote the use of heating oil for domestic heating in 10 European countries, including over 10,000 companies. Eurofuel is engaged in the promotion of existing and innovative techniques for heating oil and equipment, in the domestic market. In this way, our members are committed to ensuring the competitiveness and efficiency of heating with oil, while reducing its environmental footprint.


Eurogypsum, founded in 1961, is a European federation of gypsum producers and manufacturers. Today the European gypsum industry has an annual turnover of €10 billion and employs 28 000 people directly and 85 000 indirectly. Eurogypsum promotes the interests of the gypsum industry at a European level, and currently includes national associations from 13 EU Member States, Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Gypsum is an environmentally friendly solution for the construction sector.


Euroheat & Power is the international association for district heating and cooling (DHC). Founded in 1954, the organisation has members in over 32 countries, including all existing national district heating associations in the EU. Euroheat & Power promotes the advantages of DHC and related technologies including CHP at European and international level. The organisation also takes part in research, development and demonstration projects concerning district heating and cooling technologies and markets.


EuroWindoor is the umbrella organisation consisting of 4 European associations for the fenestration and door sector. It was founded in 1999 and aims to create a functioning market for the European fenestration and door sector. It covers 30 national federations in Europe representing the interests of more than 50 000 companies employing around 1 million workers in Europe. It is the adequate representation of the fenestration and door sector in Europe, taking into account the individual responsibility of each member organization. “Fenestration” includes windows and curtain walls as well as, installation, glazing and sun screening, etc.


The European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) represents 36 member companies and national associations across Europe with combining a turnover of over €7 billion and employing more than 45 000 people. EVIA serves as information platform and point of contact between European decision-makers, scientists, and other relevant organisations involved in ventilation industry. The ventilation sector can bring a valuable contribution to energy efficiency targets set by the EU as well as promoting harmonisation of national product approval processes towards common European standards.


EWFA (European Window Film Association) brings together manufacturers and distributors of Window Film in Europe. Established since 2000 in Brussels, EWFA is in close contact with decision-makers and other stakeholders in Brussels to raise awareness of the capabilities of Window Film and its contribution to the energy efficiency debate in buildings. Window Film is highly engineered polyester for the upgrade and modernisation of existing windows. It significantly increases the energy performance of buildings through solar heat absorption and reduced heat loss.


The European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) represents the interests of construction enterprises, regardless of size, across Europe. Established in 1905, FIEC has grown to include 33 national member federations spanning most of the EU, EFTA and including Turkey. The Federation promotes the development of sustainable construction; advocates public-private-partnerships and the renovation of Europe’s building stock. Such measures will boost energy efficiency, reduce the need for imported energy and create skilled construction jobs.


GEFI – Groupement Européen des Fédérations intervenant dans l’Immobilier – EU Real Estate Private Owners, is a non-profit organisation representing national organisations from the EU27, that promotes private property, real estate property, sustainable housing and urban development. GEFI is notably looking for long term solutions to housing availability, relation between landlords and tenants, energy savings in buildings, taxation and financial issues.


GLASS FOR EUROPE is the trade association for European manufacturers of flat glass. Flat glass is used in a variety of end-products such as windows and façades for houses and buildings. Glass products are essential to energy-efficient buildings, houses and transport. Windows containing high-performance glass, such as low-e insulating glass and solar-control glass help reduce energy consumption. A better use of building glass alone could help reduce Europe’s CO2­ emissions by 100 million tonnes annually.


The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme is one of the first programmes of the International Energy Agency. Together with solar industry associations, IEA SHC is working to increase the awareness of national and international government bodies and policy makers and to encourage industry to use new solar thermal products and services. With the Joint Declaration for a European Directive to Promote Renewable Heating and Cooling, IEA SHC calls for 25 % of the EU heating and cooling to be supplied by renewables in 2020.


INIVE is an organisation that brings together the best available knowledge from its member organisations in the area of energy efficiency, indoor climate and ventilation. INIVE has multiple aims, including the collection and efficient dissemination of relevant information, providing guidance and identifying major trends, developing intelligent systems to provide useful knowledge in the area of energy efficiency, indoor climate and ventilation, as well as stimulating the implementation of building regulations. INIVE members include BBRI, CETIAT, CIMNE, CSTB, eERG-PoliMI, ENTPE, Fraunhofer IBP, SINTEF, NKUA, TMT US, and TNO.


The Institute for Building Efficiency is an initiative of Johnson Controls providing information and analysis of technologies, policies, and practices for efficient, high performance buildings and smart energy systems around the world. The Institute leverages the company’s 125 years of global experience providing energy efficient solutions for buildings to support and complement the efforts of non-profit organizations and industry associations. The Institute focuses on practical solutions that are innovative, cost-effective and scalable.


ISOPA represents the manufacturers in Europe of aromatic diisocyanates and polyols, the main raw materials for polyurethanes. ISOPA seeks to inform all stakeholders how polyurethanes play a vital role in promoting energy efficiency through their use as the optimal insulation material as well as in other key applications.


LightingEurope is an industry association representing 31 leading European lighting manufacturers and national lighting associations. LightingEurope members employ over 100 000 people in Europe and represent an annual turnover estimated to exceed €20 billion.


PAN and PRO EUROPE is the European association of the insulated profiles and sandwich panel manufacturers. Its members are all private companies from Europe. The association was created in2011to contribute to the European debate and demonstrate to EU decision makers and other stakeholders the positive impact of insulated profiles and sandwich panels for renovation and new building. They contribute to bring solutions to EU concerns related to energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings.


PlasticsEurope is the official voice of European plastics polymer manufacturers. It has developed close partnerships with sister associations that represent the European plastics manufacturing chain. PlasticsEurope has more than 100 member companies, producing over 90 % of polymers across the EU28 Member States plus Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. PlasticsEurope promotes the positive contribution of plastics by communicating how plastics contribute to sustainable development, innovation and quality of life and by initiating in-depth studies and sharing experiences.


PU Europe is the European association representing the polyurethane insulation industry. Its products help to save energy in a wide variety of applications in buildings, district heating, cooling, refrigeration and industrial systems. PU Europe members have a total turnover of €4 billion and provide 18 000 jobs.


REHVA is the Federation of European Heating, Ventilating and Air-conditioning Associations. It represents 100 000 experts in building services engineering in 28 European countries. REHVA is the European leading professional organisation in dedicated to the improvement of health, comfort and energy efficiency in all buildings and communities. It encourages the development and application of both energy conservation and renewable energy sources. In these areas, REHVA has a significant impact on national and international strategic planning and research initiatives as well as the associated educational and training programmes. REHVA´s multilingual HVAC dictionary is available at REHVA Journal is available at


RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is the largest organisation for professionals in property, land, construction and related environmental issues worldwide. With 91 000 qualified members, it is the leading source of property related knowledge, providing independent and impartial advice to governments and organisations.


Tiles and Bricks Europe (TBE) is an international non-for-profit association which promotes the interests of the clay brick and roof tile industry in Europe in industrial, environmental, energy, standardisation and sustainability policies. It provides a forum for its members to exchange information on technical development, sustainable production and emerging issues. TBE is a member of Cerame-Unie, the European ceramic industry association. Its membership includes national associations and companies from 23 EU Member States including Switzerland and Norway.


TightVent Europe aims to improve information exchange and further progress building and ductwork airtightness issues. TightVent and its partners bring together the experienced experts to overcome major challenges towards nearly zero-energy buildings. Through publications, research, conferences and workshops, it bridges the gap between research, pioneering initiatives, and wide-scale application. It shares positions with other industries and stakeholders thereby bringing a clear message to policy-makers and building professionals. It also acts as a meeting point for airtightness professionals to learn about initiatives, training, regulations, research, etc.


The Union of European Historic Houses Associations (UEHHA) is an umbrella organisation for national historic housing associations, promoting the interests of Europe’s privately-owned historic houses, parks and gardens. The UEHHA is dedicated to the conservation of Europe's great artistic and architectural heritage - its private historic houses, their contents, gardens, parklands and estates which represent about 35 % of Europe’s listed heritage. Historic houses, numbering about 50 000 properties across Europe, form an essential part of European cultural heritage.


The International Union of Property Owners (Union Internationale de la Propriété Immobilière, UIPI-ASBL), is the only international organisation representing the interests of real estate property owners. It was established in 1923. Members of UIPI are national non-profit associations of small and medium sized property, buildings and house owners, and the private rented sector (both commercial and residential) representing 25 European countries. UIPI addresses problems around housing and rentals, taxation, energy saving in buildings, property restitution and the defence of Property Rights as internationally recognised Human Rights.