The consortium of the Green Concrete Project consists of 9 SMEs and 3 RTDs from 3 different EU member states and the association of the Austrian construction material recycling sector. The main objective of the Green Concrete Project is to obtain extensive knowledge of gravel turf consisting of recycled construction materials or natural gravel from quarries as a new permeable and planted method for surface consolidation of parking and low traffic areas. Gravel turf is a biosphere allows natural water circulation infiltration and evaporation and preserves natural soil functions as buffering of harmful substances. It improves the microclimate and thus the quality of life in urban areas.
By absorbing precipitation gravel turf relieves the burden on the sew age system prevents flood damages and fosters the renewal of groundwater in urban areas. Therefore gravel turf contributes to main objectives of the EU Extensive investigations going beyond the state of the art will be carried out to prove the suitability of gravel turf as a cost saving and ecological alternative to the common practice of sealing surfaces by means of asphalt or concrete. For the first time ever recycled construction materials will be tested for their suitability for the usage as grave l turf all relevant and also often interacting properties of gravel turf will be ascertained in the Green Concrete Project e. g. material combination layer, construction, load bearing capacity, structural stability evenness, infiltration rate water, permeability water absorption, capacity seeping, water properties, applicability and suitability of plants and microclimatic effects.
The outcome of the Green Concrete Project is the product gravel turf a scientifically save sound and mature technology for surface consolidation of parking and low traffic areas. The product gravel turf opens a new market to the participating SMEs and thus strengthens their competitiveness.
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