Join us for an inspiring day: Drive 0 Final Symposium and EU Clustering Workshop

We are glad to invite you to our Drive 0 Final Symposium and Clustering Workshop titled: ‘Fostering experiences from EU innovation projects to accelerate a sustainable built environment’ in collaboration with PLURALSTEP-UPINFINITEBuildUPspeed and GigaRegioFactory projects.

The event takes place at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels on Wednesday 15 November 2023.

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This full-day, in-person event is organized to convene a diverse audience, including esteemed EU representatives, participants from EU H2020 and LIFE projects, and various stakeholder groups rooted in Brussels, such as those in construction, manufacturing, social housing, architecture, and property owners associations.

The primary focus is to engage in discussions about the profound impact of innovative construction and renovation approaches on both policy and the market, drawing insights from experiences from the ground.

Throughout the event, we will delve into emerging trends and pivotal topics within the realm of sustainable built environment, covering areas such as prefabrication, circularity, off-site construction, modularisation, digitalisation, and industrialisation.

Our program will feature compelling high-level keynote speakers, captivating project poster exhibitions, dynamic policy dialogues, and inspiring success stories from commercial enterprises active in various member states.


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Registration & Coffee

9.00 – 9.30

1. Welcome & Keynotes

9.30 – 10.15

Welcome, Agenda of the day

  • Michiel Ritzen, VITO/ZUYD – Senior expert in circularity & event moderator
  • Welcome by Andres Jaadla, member of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR): ‘Smart, sustainable & affordable housing as a tool for local authorities to face multiple challenges’
  • Keynote by Ronald Rovers: ‘A global imperative: Harmonizing consumption & finite resources?’
  • Introduction to the funding opportunities by CINEA, European Commission – Ana Sin Bagues, CINEA – Giga Regio Factory Project Officer
  • Introduction to the Projects posters exhibition – Ana Tisov, Huygen – Drive 0 coordinator


 Coffee break & Poster exhibition ‘Projects in the spotlight

Coffee while viewing and discussing 6 projects presented in the poster exhibition

  • Drive 0 – Accelerating deep renovation processes through the design of a consumer-centred circular renovation strategies and solutions
  • STEP-UP – Making decarbonization of buildings a reliable, attractive investment
  • INFINITE – Industrialized durable building envelope retrofitting by all-in-one interconnected technology solutions
  • PLURAL – Plug-and-use renovation with adaptable lightweight systems
  • BuildUPspeed – Promoting & implementing industrialized renovation solutions
  • Giga Regio Factory – Market uptake and factory development for more affordable Net Zero-Energy renovations through industrialized solution packages

10.15 – 10.45

2. Experiences from the projects to revolutionize construction

10.45 – 12.00

Presentation by John van Oorschot, ZUYD: ‘A closer look at technological advancements in sustainable construction’

Panel discussion:

  • Ana Tisov – Huygen as Drive 0 representative
  • Melinda Orova – ABUD as STEP-UP representative
  • Jure Vetršek – IRI UL as INFINITE representative
  • Maria Founti – NTUA as PLURAL representative
  • Maria Sara di Maggio – ABT as BuildUPspeed representative
  • Sebastien Delpont – EnergieSprong France as Giga Regio Factory representative


Coffee break

12.00 – 12.15

3. From practice to policy to ignite transformation

12.15 – 13.30

Presentation by Sebastien Delpont, EnergieSprong France: ‘Addressing barriers to sustainable construction: Industry insights’

Presentation by Philippe Moseley, European Commission, DG GROW: ‘EU policies supporting the twin transition of construction’

Panel discussion:


Lunch break                          

13.30 – 14.30

4. Illuminating opportunities to unleash the solutions market potential

14.30 – 15.45

  • Pitches ‘Success stories in implementing sustainable approaches & innovative solutions within commercial operations’ from:
  • Bart Voortman – WEBO (Family-owned carpentry factory from the Netherlands)
  • Jesús Miguel Alonso Pérez – Construcciones ACR (Spanish construction company)
  •  Zuzana Prochazkova – PichArchitects (International architectural studio from Spain)
  • Daniel Orth – BauKarussell (Social urban mining service provider from Austria)
  • Kalle Kuusk – Enterprise Estonia & KredEx joint agency (Estonian business & innovation agency)

Panel discussion between supply and demand side


5. Final conclusions 

15.45 – 16.00

 Key takeaways & conclusions of the day

  • Michiel Ritzen, VITO/ZUYD – Senior expert in circularity & event moderator
  • Mireille van Bremen, The Visual Mediator – Graphic recording of the day


Networking Reception

16.00 – 17.00