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Automated solutions for sustainable and circular construction and demolition waste management

Project description

Automated solutions for whole-life construction and demolition waste management

The transition towards a zero-waste construction industry in Europe implies the entire life-cycle of construction and demolition waste (CDW) management. The EU-funded RECONMATIC project will design innovative tools, solutions and techniques to connect CDW prevention and management with the European waste reduction goals. The project will be conducted along an integrated decision-making approach – one that considers all aspects of CDW generation. As such, it will develop, test and demonstrate automated, digital and robotic solutions for construction industry stakeholders' collaboration and waste traceability. RECONMATIC will assess existing practices in CDW management, from prevention and minimisation of waste to its effective reuse throughout the life-cycle and identify markets to support the supply chains and circular economies.

Objective

"A suite of innovative tools, solutions and techniques to build bridges through ""bottom-up"" construction and demolition waste (CDW) prevention and handling to reach ""top-down"" European waste reduction goals is proposed. The project's agenda reflects the HORIZON-CL4-2021-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-11 call objectives, with a focus on integrated decision making that would allow considering all aspects of CDW generation and involving all stakeholders within the construction industry. Current practices in CDW management, from prevention and minimization of waste to its reuse, will be evaluated and markets to support the supply chains and circular economies will be identified. Consequently, a digital information management system for stakeholders' collaboration and waste traceability will be developed, tested and demonstrated. It is envisaged that the CDW minimization will be achieved by empowering BIM and integrating waste management relevant data into the information models. Processes of converting different formats of construction information to the digital twins will be automated, as well as the decision-making system for repurposing, deconstruction and demolition. Automation will be employed for AI-assisted CDW classification and robotic segregation off-site. The methodology for CDW logistics in regard to the automatic and more efficient CDW sorting and distribution will be proposed, along with methodologies to provide new added-value uses to CDW. The consortium involves 7 research institutions, 10 small to medium enterprises, 5 large companies and 1 association, representing 5 EU countries, UK and China. The feasibility and efficiency of the developed solutions will be evaluated using 6 demonstrators. This consortium composition will enable us to tackle the whole life-cycle CDW management, propose beyond-state-of-the-art technologies, and contribute to reaching the zero-waste construction industry in Europe in the near future."

Coordinator

CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Net EU contribution
€ 1 392 393,00
Address
JUGOSLAVSKYCH PARTYZANU 1580/3
160 00 Praha
Czechia

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Region
Česko Praha Hlavní město Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 1 392 393,75

Participants (15)

Partners (7)