EDECON will help businesses in the construction industry supply chain integrate environmental factors into the design of their products and services and help them reduce their environmental impact, identify potential cost savings, prepare for stringent legislation and meet their own customers' environmental requirements.

EDECON is free and provides a company-wide "Health & Wealth" check,guidance on resource efficiency, compliance with environmental legislation and improving environmental credentials. The EDECON advisers can also work on a bespoke solution where the company has identified a specific issue it would like to address.

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EDECON aims at improving the integration of eco-design in the construction and building materials sector from the design and development phase through to the implementation phase.

EDECON targets SMEs producing and manufacturing components used in construction and building material as well as in entire building projects from the architectural phase and through to construction.

Six European countries are participating in this project: Denmark (lead partner), UK, Spain, Germany, Estonia and Slovenia. Each country engages 3 partners in the project. 

Through the lifetime of this project 1000 SMEs will be reached through awareness raising activities such as Eco-Design Conferences, trade fairs, webinars and awareness-raising workshops, which aim at intriguing SMEs into launching Eco-design initiatives in their businesses. 

The project aims at providing training and Eco-Design services such as eco-design audits and in-house training for 826 SMEs of which 58 SMEs will go on to integrate the recommended Eco-Design actions either through their daily activities or through product development projects. 

The eco-design trainings and audits will be carried out in close cooperation with local environmental experts and The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) located in the United Kingdom. It is expected that 15% of the SMEs reached through the awareness raising activities will go on to receive in house training and that 7 % of the SMEs receiving in-house training will chose to implement the eco-design recommendations received.

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An eco-design audit at the individual company will result in an audit report that will recommend actions for implementing eco-design. A survey of the SME's will be conducted to determine the motivation for and perception of eco-design. Through the visits, the SME will gain a deeper insight into the impact their product has on the environment as well as an overview of the potential savings both in terms of energy and costs that can be achieved by implementing eco-design in their already existing product line or by developing new more eco-friendly products.

The new or modified eco-design products or projects will result in:

  • A more neutral carbon footprint
  • A more resource efficient production
  • Potential to lead to further development of new products

A company with more focus on eco-design will also benefit from a new target audience by being able to fulfill requirements for instance CO2 neutral building projects. It can also result in higher market shares by promoting itself as more innovative and eco-friendly. 

If you'd like to find out more about EDECON, please talk to Wendy Carmichael on 01305 265524