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Consultant required to produce a report for The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG)

The closing date for submissions is 9.00am, 29 January 2018.

Consultant required to produce a report for The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG)

Bringing Europe’s Buildings into the future: a business conversation paper

Request for a consultant or team of consultants to help produce a short discussion-provoking report that highlights the current state of play and most promising developments in terms of modernising Europe’s buildings and making them efficient, sustainable and resilient.


Modernising Europe’s building stock is essential to deliver climate action, as well as better health and economic outcomes for Europe’s people. This report will seek to provide a snapshot of the scale and variety of the challenge – in the context of changes that have taken place over the last ten years – and the inspiring examples of business innovation that are showing what is possible.

The report aims to inform politicians and policymakers providing them with information and confidence to accelerate action in this area. It should also inform a broad range of businesses on the latest trends, and the scale of opportunities available to them.  

The report will be published in the name of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and represent insights from a business group supporting ambition on climate change and the transition to a sustainable economy.

Target audience: a broad range of politicians, policymakers and businesses.

Timing: First draft to be completed by 5th March and final report text to be signed off by the end of March to enable publication in late April. A briefing meeting is provisionally scheduled for Monday 29th January.

Scope and description

This scope is under development and can be refined in discussion with the successful contractor.

A brief, high-level strategic paper, accessible to non-technical audiences, which compiles five to seven sections – in each section an inspiring example of what is possible in this area drawn from CLG members will be profiled, alongside summaries of the ambition, progress and key constraints to change facing the building sector for the EU member state that the example is located in.

The pool of EU Member States we would be likely to consider:

  • UK
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Hungary

The final list will be shorter (probably five) but this constitutes a longlist we would start with.

The report should be framed by an analysis of how a number of factors have changed over the last ten years, setting trends that this sector needs to be aware of and respond to. These factors would include:

  • Emissions
  • Costs of renewable energy and energy storage (LCOE)
  • Costs and availability of other low-carbon innovations and technologies, including smart technologies and innovative building materials and techniques
  • Demographic changes, including migration, population, household sizes
  • Home ownership changes
  • Construction industry trends (age of workers, level of education)

These trends could be mapped across the EU as a whole and in the 5 EU member states chosen.  Research can be carried out by the consultant or we could commission it separately. Much of this information can be represented in a box or table that sets out the context for discussion in the rest of the report.

An introduction should set the context for the EU as a whole and a conclusions section should draw out major implications, including policy recommendations.  The text throughout should be amplified with other business examples, quotes and perspectives sourced from CLG members and other companies in our network. Business insights and perspectives will be an essential part of this text and the successful consultant will be expected to work with the CLG secretariat to interview companies to secure material.

To assist in getting this business input we will organise a workshop in Brussels – provisionally this is scheduled for either the 13th or 20th of February.

The report should aim to be no longer than 15 pages of text.

The report should consider this subject holistically including covering:

  • Specific examples of energy and costs savings generated by action in this area
  • Health and wellbeing benefits that can arise from better housing
  • Drivers around housing demand
  • Innovative building materials, including looking at embodied emissions and circular economy principles, covering the potential for innovative action on materials to unlock carbon savings from a life cycle assessment approach and for improving resource efficiency.
  • Behaviour of people using buildings, including introduction and use smart technologies that allow more efficient energy use.
  • Renovation and retrofitting.
  • Prospects and needs for new build.
  • Challenges around financing.
  • The potential for local jobs in the construction sector to be created by this agenda.
  • Policy options and implications, including looking at the needs for regulation

Countries featured should be chosen to develop a variety of stories from across Europe.

We would expect to have an initial briefing meeting to further discuss the approach and refine messages.

Expressions of interest

If you are interested in applying, please submit the following information to by close 9.00am on 29 January 2018.

  • CV
  • Quotation
  • Description of the approach you would take to produce the report
  • Examples of relevant work experience
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