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What role do secondary materials play in new constructions and in buildings renovation?

Start/End date: 
20 Oct 2022

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Construction materials and products represent about 50% of all raw materials extracted from the earth's crust. Construction and demolition activities represent 50% of all waste generated.

The latest environmental and circular economy policies and techniques improving waste treatment mean that the construction industry should now be using secondary materials as an alternative to primary ones.

During the 2021 Circular Talk on "Construction and infrastructure value chains and market", stakeholders presented a framework for value chain collaboration in a circular/industrial symbiosis perspective. They also explored the market positioning of secondary construction and infrastructure materials. There is a whole series of issues regarding the use and application of these secondary materials in the construction sector.

Among the main barriers, stakeholders identified:

  • Waste quality control
  • Inadequate quality
  • Discontinuity of supply
  • Market acceptance
  • Lack of experience and guidance for ensuring the quality of reusable products.

The ECESP Leadership Group on Construction and Infrastructure invites you to attend this #EUCircularTalks on 20 October from 10:00 to noon CEST. Join the expert panel to find out just how effective the construction system is in using secondary materials from the supply chain and the advantages of that in terms of CO2 emissions and embodied energy using secondary materials.

Registration is now open