Energy efficient solutions for buildings: PlasticsEurope partner of the European Commission’s Build Up initiative

Four years after becoming an official associate of the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Campaign, PlasticsEurope is once more demonstrating the willingness of the plastics industry to support the achievement of the EU’s sustainability agenda. The association joined the European Commission’s « Build Up » initiative to promote energy efficient solutions for buildings.

« Build Up » aims to promote the effective implementation of energy saving measures in buildings. It offers free access to a wide range of information on best practices, technologies and legislation and targets building professionals, local authorities and citizens. "As the association representing the European plastics manufacturers, PlasticsEurope is looking forward to helping the Commission in this task by providing its knowledge on the benefits of plastics materials in the building & construction sector to a wide network of interested stakeholders” said Arjen Sevenster, Building and Construction manager at PlasticsEurope.

Plastics materials are used in a variety of well-established applications to improve the energy performance of buildings such as thermal insulation, insulation window profiles and heating and cooling systems. Over its lifetime plastics building insulation delivers energy savings of 150 times the energy needed for its production. The combination of thermal insulation technique with additional methods such as triple-glazed windows enable fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to be reduced by up to 80% compared to a building that doesn’t use these techniques.

Launched in 2009, BUILD UP is a European Commission initiative born within the framework of the EU commitment to increase energy savings by 20% and to save 780 million tonnes of CO2 by 2020. It is funded under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme (2007-2013) of the European Commission.

For more information see: