In pursuing its mission and objectives, the Architects’ Council of Europe is involved in a number of networks. These groupings permit ACE to remain fully informed of relevant developments in other sectors, learning from that information how best to frame its own policies for the architectural profession.
This section presents the networks in which the ACE is involved and the nature of its involvement.
This worldwide Alliance, to be launched at COP21 in Paris, aims at gathering countries, cities and public and private organizations of the building sector value chain, in order to scale up the implementation of ambitious actions towards the "below 2°C" pathway in buildings and construction sector.
More info: UNFCCC website
The Coalition for Energy Savings was created to make energy efficiency and savings the first consideration of energy policies in Europe, as the driving force of a more prosperous, sustainable and competitive Europe. Based on its Members' expertise, the Coalition provides political and technical input to policy makers in order to allow a better understanding of energy efficiency and energy savings issues and to stimulate regulatory action at EU level.
The European Construction Forum (ECF) is a platform for cooperation, on issues of common interest between independent organisations representing key players in the construction sector. The principal aim of the ECF is the establishment and recognition of a single comprehensive policy approach for the European construction sector through raising the awareness of EU decision makers. To this end, the participating organisations strive to reach consensual views on issues of common interest, to lead to an increase of the construction sector’s involvement in the preparation of all EU actions that have a bearing on the sector and to a more coherent and coordinated approach by the European institutions towards the sector.
The European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation (ECCREDI) brings together the European organisations that represent the principal actors involved in the construction sector: contractors, engineering consultants, architects and designers, product and material producers as well as research bodies. ECCREDI aims to contribute to the competitiveness, quality, safety and environmental performance of the construction sector and to the overall sustainability of the built environment, by increasing the extent and effectiveness of research and innovation in construction.
The ACE was a founding member of the ECCREDI and remains active in its work, lending its experience and knowledge to its work and organisation.
The European Forum for Architectural Policies (EFAP) represents the Member State administrations responsible for the built environment, the architectural profession and the cultural institutions focusing on architecture. Its objective is to raise awareness about the beneficial impacts that architectural policies can have on the lives of citizens. The EFAP played an important role in the preparation of the Council Resolution on architectural quality in urban and rural environments, adopted in 2001.
ACE is active in the management of the EFAP. It has taken part in all of its events since its inception, including those organised in partnership with the European Council Presidencies.
The European Services Forum (ESF) is a network of representatives from the European services sector committed to actively promoting the liberalisation of international trade in services. ESF’s main field of activity is the Global Agreement on Trade and tariffs (GATS) negotiations within the World Trade Organisations (WTO).
ACE is an active participant in the ESF and the architectural sector has been an acknowledged leader in the field of mutual recognition negotiations, being one of the first professions to regularly enter into negotiations with potential trade partners that have opened negotiations with the EU.
The European Services Platform (ESP) provides an interface with the internal market dimension of trade in services and offers a place where the European Services Industry can exchange and further raise its profile. The ESP complements the work of the European Services Forum by turning attention to issues brought to European companies by the opening of the internal market. This informal platform is co-sponsored by Business Europe and the ESF.
Club Profile is an informal grouping of the Secretaries General of European representative organisations for the liberal professions. Club Profile allows the exchange of views and experiences on EU legislation and policies that affect the liberal professions, notably the legislation on the recognition of professional qualifications.
The European Housing Forum is a place for exchange and debate on housing issues. Its members are international and European organisations representing consumers, providers, and professionals and researchers working in the area of housing. The EHF promotes the importance of the housing sector in Europe and raises awareness amongst EU policy makers about the impact of a growing number of EU decisions on domestic housing policies.
The European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) works to raise the sector to a higher level of performance and competitiveness. This will be achieved by analysing the major challenges that the sector faces in terms of society, sustainability and technological development. Research and innovation strategies will be developed to meet these challenges, mobilising the wide range of skills, expertise and talent available to us within the construction industry.
Website : www.ectp.org
The FAIB is a non-political and non-profit association whose objective is to promote and defend the interests and activities of its Members, to assist its members in the organisation of their activities, and to keep its members informed of developments in legal and administrative spheres which affect them.
Website : http://faib.org