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New Horizon 2020 project on Concrete Sustainability

A new Horizon 2020 project has been awarded to Mingming Hu and Jeroen Guinée of the Department of Industrial Ecology of Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML).

This is the third Concrete Sustainability project of the department, following the success of the FP7 project C2CA and Horizon 2020 project HISER.

Entitled as ‘Cost-Effective Recycling of C&DW in High Added Value Energy Efficient Prefabricated Concrete Components for Massive Retrofitting of our Built Environment (VEEP)’, the main objective of the project is to develop and demonstrate a series of technological solutions for large-scale reuse and recycling of construction materials for the massive retrofitting of our built environment. Within the project, solutions will be developed to cost-effectively recycle waste from construction and demolition sites. The recycled material will then be used as raw material to produce prefabricated concrete and thermal isolation material that can be used to refurbish buildings, aiming at improving their energy performance.

The industrial ecology tools - life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) will be used in the project to steer the search for cost-effective and environmentally sound concrete innovations and to quantify the potential economic and environmental improvements of the solutions.

Fifteen European partners from academia and industry are involved in the consortium.

The VEEP project will start on the 1st of October 2016.

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