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Rice for architecture by Ricehouse

Risehouse

Ricehouse natural mortars are obtained by expertly mixing aerial lime with rice husks, a agricultural by-product derived from husking raw rice.

C2C ExpoLAB: Venlo city hall

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C2C ExpoLAB is a consultancy firm which specialises in the practical application of Cradle to Cradle (C2C) principles in the built environment. It enables its clients to exploit the circular economy concept. One of its projects was Venlo city hall which illustrates its approach and principles.

Biorizon: the profitable way to bio-aromatics

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Netherlands

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Biorizon has been co-creating technologies for the production of bio-aromatics at the Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom since 2013. Together with industrial partners, Biorizon creates and develops innovative chemical processes for the production of renewable aromatics from residual biomass. Their aim is to enable commercial production of bio-aromatic building blocks by 2025.

Tradecowall: Upcycling mixed mineral construction and demolition waste

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Belgium

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The cooperative company Tradecowall manages construction and demolition waste in the Belgian Walloon region and comprises a network of companies working with inert waste recycling centres in the region.

Feplo: waterproof eco-boards from pressed recycled drinks cartons for use as building material

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Other (Serbia)

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The Serbian company Feplo manufactures waterproof eco-boards from recycled beverage cartons.

SeRaMCo: recycling CDW into concrete precast products

SeRaMCo

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Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands

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The Interreg North-West Europe project SeRaMCo (Secondary Raw Material for Concrete Precast Products) focused on researching and promoting the use of secondary raw materials from construction and demolition waste (CDW).

Buurman: the local hardware store and workshop that teaches you about the value of secondary materials

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Buurman is a hardware store and workshop that only uses secondary materials, such as wood from demolition sites and insulation materials, plywood and cables from construction sites in Rotterdam or from exhibitions and festivals.

Brens uses scrap iron, crushed concrete and pulverised rubber to build tomorrow's railways

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Czech Republic

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Czech company Brens, which produces rail tracks, tram and railway lines, has turned to production processes using recycled materials.

RE-sign: today's cities, tomorrow's mines

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RE-sign has marketed an app matching up supply and demand for reclaimed construction materials.

eCO2blocks: making construction materials from industrial waste, water not fit for drinking and CO2

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Portugal

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eCO2blocks creates an alternative – or a complementary material – to cement by producing building blocks made from industrial waste and water which is not fit for drinking.

The City of Helsinki: supporting the reuse of excavated soil in construction projects

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Finland

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The City of Helsinki has coordinated a project on the reuse of excavated soil in construction projects across the city. This project consists of improving coordination of how and where excavated soil is used.

RUCONBAR project reduces road noise

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RUCONBAR, developed in a project which ran from 2011 to 2014, is a highly absorptive, environmentally-friendly concrete noise barrier. It is an innovative mixture of recycled waste tyres and concrete which forms a porous, lightweight, sound absorbing panel.

REC.ON creates high quality furniture from automobile parts

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Poland, Spain

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REC.ON creates its production by recovering auto parts. Using a unique upcycling process, they transform used, unwanted parts of automobiles into new, high-quality, functional pieces of design, adding style and an industrial aesthetic to any interior. Moreover, they have a unique process of acquiring their materials.

Alchemia-nova: treating waste water using green walls

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Alchemia-nova, the Institute for innovative phytochemistry and closed loop processes, has colloborated with vertECO, GRETA and LooPi to develop three types of green walls, which treat wastewater to service water standards and create plant biomass and fertiliser.

LanaTerm: wool can keep buildings warm as well as sheep

LanaTerm

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Romania

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There are not many eco-friendly products on the Romanian construction market, so there was definitely a niche in the thermal insulation market. LanaTerm uses sheep's wool to create thermal insulation for buildings.

Titan Greece: making circular cement a reality

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Titan Greece - a cement and building material producer - plays an active role in the implementation of a circular economy model at various stages of the production process.

Circular architecture: RAU makes brand new buildings from recycled building materials

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Netherlands

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RAU has been working in the architectural sector focusing on the design of sustainable buildings. Their projects include buildings for public/private sectors, with an integrated design methodology.

Life Is.ECO or how to recycle bitumen-polymer membranes and glass-fiber-based insulating material

Life Is.ECO

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Italy

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The Life Is.ECO project was aimed to create and implement an integrated system for the treatment of production waste and obsolescences of bitumen-polymer membranes and insulating mineral based on glass fiber, for their recycling and reintroduction in their respective production processes.

HISER project (H2020): Holistic innovative solutions for efficient recycling and recovery of valuable raw materials

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EU

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HISER's main objective is to develop and demonstrate holistic, technological and cost-effective solutions to increase recovery rates from increasingly complex construction and demolition waste (C&DW), with due regard for circular economy principles on the value chain in the construction sector (from buildings' end of life to new buildings).

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