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circular construction economy
focus on circular construction
For years, the Flemish Construction Confederation has been promoting the end-to-end recycling of building materials and earthworks in Flanders - northern region of Belgium - so it can ensure the use of safe, recycled raw materials in the construction industry. Its tagline - Construction, Energy and the Environment - is reflected in initiatives such as high-quality earthworks, the selective tracing of demolition and construction waste as a raw material for new applications, and the Green Construction project, which encourages the importance, knowledge and application of natural materials and construction techniques. Construction and demolition waste and earthworks make up a significant proportion of waste. In Flanders, the sector reuses 95% of its construction and demolition waste and excavated soil is meticulously traced and reused. Circular construction is gradually becoming the benchmark.
Construction as a precursor in waste reuse in Flanders, northern region of Belgium
- 64% of all waste comes from the construction sector
- more than 90% of construction waste is already being reused
Construction industry focuses on circular ambitions
- higher quality recycled materials
- more high-quality applications
- including difficult types of waste - such as electrical waste from demolition - recovery
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The Green Deal Circular Construction is an initiative of Circular Flanders, OVAM and VCB. We started in February 2019 and more than 330 organizations have now joined this 4-year Green Deal. The Green Deal is growing thanks to the input and exchange in the learning network. We do this through live meetings, webinars and an online learning and...
Reuse of building elements; FRCRBE publishes practical guides for identification, inventory and integration
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Grondbank, a non-profit association, has
been working since 2002 to support all stakeholders involved earthworks. In
addition to its traditional tasks, such as issuing soil management reports,
Grondbank delivers solutions to your practical earthworks problems.
Tracimat will certify the selective demolition process and use an elaborate traceability system to check what is happening with waste generated during demolition works. Strongly enforced chain integration is prominent, environmental risks during demolition works are limited, the dissemination of hazardous waste into the environment is prevented, and purified waste flows enabling higher quality recycling are released.
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As part of the Green Construction project, a knowledge centre will be built to encourage the application of ecological and natural materials and operations in the construction sector. Better knowledge of products and techniques should boost confidence and thus encourage their use.
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Over the past decade, Flanders has emerged as an earthworks specialist. That expertise has been growing substantially, ensuring our reputation as a pioneer in Europe. Soltracing was founded in France to apply this expertise within the context of a large-scale project in a region stretching from the Île-de-France region to part of Normandy.
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