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Reusing precast concrete for a circular economy

Objective

Concrete is the most significant construction material and C&D waste stream globally and in the EU. ReCreate aims at closing the loop for concrete at the highest level of utilization by demonstrating the deconstruction and reuse of precast structural components, which retains the secondary material at its highest value. Compared to virgin production, aggregate recycling and backfilling, reusing can reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint by 93-98%. The main objective is to pilot deconstruction and reuse towards maturity as a socio-technical system. The project develops the transition towards circular construction by investigating the systemic changes needed in the whole ecosystems of construction and demolition. Drawing from partnerships that cover the entire value chain, ReCreate will demonstrate deconstruction of intact precast components from condemned buildings and reuse thereof in new buildings in four real-life innovative pilots. The pilots examine the challenge of circularity against the feature of the industry being relatively local, taking into account differences in precasting technologies, building types, construction industry structures and regulatory environments in the different countries. To develop technology and integrate the value chain so that the businesses can become viable, the project advances smart pre-deconstruction audit and deconstruction methods; rapid low-cost quality assurance and standardization; logistics, traceability, and BIM and digital market place integration; and novel design practices and reassembly techniques. In addition ReCreate analyses the potential volume of the supply and demand for secondary concrete components in the EU; reviews how concrete reuse can help the EU to reach its ambitious energy and climate targets for 2030; investigates how secondary components can become socially acceptable for relevant stakeholders and citizens; and elaborates on the changes needed to the regulatory environment to support reuse.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCCI-2020-EASME-twostage
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Coordinator

TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Address
Kalevantie 4
33100 Tampere
Finland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 435 055,25

Participants (15)

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 1 504 750
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 2 274 370
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BRANDENBURGISCHE TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT COTTBUS-SENFTENBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 743 568,75
Address
Platz Der Deutschen Einheit 1
03046 Cottbus
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LIIKE OY ARKKITEHTISTUDIO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 180 053,13
Address
Malminkatu 28
00100 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HELSINGBORGSHEM AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 521 325
Address
Box 3055
25003 Helsingborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONSOLIS OY AB
Finland
EU contribution
€ 879 506,25
Address
Hiidenmaentie 20
03100 Nummela
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IMD RAADGEVENDE INGENIEURS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 174 839
Address
Piekstraat 77
3071 EL Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOSOIL OST GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 409 311,88
Address
Laugkfeld 29
01968 Senftenberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DREETZ JOCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 191 651,25
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TAMPEREEN KAUPUNKI
Finland
EU contribution
€ 89 375
Address
Aleksis Kiven Katu 14-16
33101 Tampere
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
HRVATSKI SAVJET ZA ZELENU GRADNJU
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 303 430
Address
Ulica Grada Vukovara 274/1
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Other
RAMBOLL FINLAND OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 256 447,63
Address
Itsehallintokuja 3
02600 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UMACON OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 414 903,13
Address
Jasperintie 7
46800 Kouvola Myllykosky
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
P. JAHNE INGENIEURBURO GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 321 221,25
Address
Bahnhofstrasse 76
03046 Cottbus
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SKANSKA TALONRAKENNUS OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 794 237,50
Address
Nauvontie 18
00280 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)