Monitoring the evolution of the construction industry in terms of waste generation
Tracking of the targets set in the 2001-2006 PROGROC (Programme for the Management of Construction Waste in Catalonia) assessing the status of the stakeholders, from their environmental awareness to their specific attitudes regarding waste. It sets the criteria to take corrective action (didactic, legislative ...) and to set the groundwork for the 2006 revision of the Programme itself.
Building products database with data on waste and energy footprint
ITeC’s database of construction elements (BEDEC) has been expanded with a quantification of how much waste is generated by each of the elements that are part of the execution process, including the waste coming from the packaging used on the delivery to the site, and the energy consumption involved in their manufacture and application. The database not only includes the volume or mass of the residue, it also specifies the kind of waste in order to plan its management accordingly. The added data is still compatible with the standard file format used by budgeting and construction management software.
Evaluation guide for recycled aggregates from construction waste
Specifications for recycled aggregates coming from construction waste, methods of verification and conformance criteria to check the suitability of these aggregates for the kind of application they are intended for. The 16 most likely applications for this type of material have been studied.
Pilot test to assess the recyclability of construction waste
Analysis of the feasibility of reusing and recycling construction waste on the basis of the implementation of a Waste Management Plan in several projects developed by the Catalonian Regional Government.
Waste Management Plans for building renovation in historic quarters
Guide for drawing up a Waste Management Plan tailored to the specific needs of building renovation works, including management and minimization issues.
Recommendation guide for specifying treatment plants for construction waste
Handbook for a better understanding of Waste Management Plans. It makes it easier for professionals to draw up a Plan for their projects and to design a waste treatment plant according to the real needs of their site and the availability of recycling facilities around it.
Recycling packaging waste for thermal insulation purposes
Construction sites produce a large amount of waste from packaging, which is mostly low density. The study analyses the potential to reuse this waste to insulate the cavity walls of building facades, after a proper crushing and mixing. This is a viable option both in terms of logistics and of performance, since the availability of this type of waste is enough to match the volume of walls to insulate.
Treatment plants for waste from construction and demolition works
Analysis of alternative ways to set up facilities for treating construction and demolition waste in order to make it possible to recycling everything that cannot be directly reused on site. With a recommendation guide covering the different kinds of waste management plant that can be set up in a construction site according to its conditions: space available for waste management, quantity and type of waste, choice of building systems, distance to external waste plants, etc.
Analysis of hazardous substances within construction waste
Identification of the potentially hazardous products that can be found amid construction waste, mainly those of chemical origin such as admixtures, release agents, resins or sealants. For each product there is a definition of the potential sources (which tasks consume the material in question), the degree of impact (in relation to toxicity and to the volume that is generated) and best practices of management and treatment.
Technical actions to promote reuse, minimization and selection of waste from construction and demolition works
Strategies for controlling and reducing the heterogeneous waste generated by the construction sector in the demolition stage and also during the execution stage itself, both in new works and renovation.