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Retrofitting: technology Solutions
Business opportunities and
Market barriers for
Craft and SMEs from the
construction sector
EBC - EUROPEAN BUILDERS CONFEDERATION
Construction industry – Share of SMEs
2.3 million Enterprises
12 million Working people
1104 billion Euro Turnover (10% of EU GDP)
EU 25 - Number of enterprises per size
Turnover by size of companies
more than
250
employees;
20%
91%
EU 25
6%
3%
1%
1-9
10 - 19
20 - 49
50
employees employees employees employees
and +
50-250
employees
19%
0-50
employees;
61%
Business opportunities
Market barriers
Business opportunities
-Retrofitting of millions of
existing buildings
For all construction trades:
-Timber construction
-Roofers
-Energy equipment installers
-Insulation specialists, etc
Barriers / challenges
- Pb: lack of technicians,
not of techniques
=> Information campaigns
and training programme
targeting SMEs
are needed
Markets for sustainable construction
means specialists in
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Bioclimatic design (taking advantage of the
environment)
Insulation / ventilation systems (external
insulation, multifoil insulation products)
Natural materials use (wood, stones, bricks, straw,
hemp…)
Renewable energies (wood, solar panels,
geothermal power)
Renewable energies contribution to primary
energy consumption in the world in 1999
Market barriers and challenges
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Cost and financing: from 1 to 10
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Specialists / generalists => need for consortium of
SMEs from different trades + engineers.
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Information and training
Information campaigns and training
targeting SMEs are needed
• Customers’ awareness is very important with
EU-wide campaigns
• But first, let’s make sure that the Industrymeaning more than 2 million SMEs in the EU- is
able to respond to the needs:
training programs targeting the supply side of the
market
Information campaign to drive young people
towards construction trades
Conclusion
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Solutions to face the global warming challenge
are available in the building sector
Technologies and know-how do exist but must
be generalised
High Job creation potential
“A rough calculation based on the value
of the energy saved from an energy-efficiency increase
of 1 % per year for a 10-year period, shows that this
could lead to over 2 000 000 man-years of employment
if these investments are undertaken, for example,
under proper conditions in the buildings retrofitting
Sector.” Save Study in Green Paper” doing more with less”
Thank you for your attention
The Voice of Construction Crafts
and SMEs in Europe
www.eubuilders.org