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The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities

The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities aiming at sustainable construction and supports as well the augmentation of green public procurement.

GreenEvo – Technology Accelerator for green tech “Made in Poland”

GreenEvo - Green Technologies Accelerator is a Polish programme for entrepreneurs, initiated and managed by the Ministry of the Environment. GreenEvo identifies the best Polish environmentally sound technologies and supports their international transfer. The initiative takes the form of a contest whereby participating companies submit innovative green solutions and winners are selected on an annual basis. The programme has successfully supported green-tech exports “Made in Poland”. 

Public availability of an online construction/demolition waste catalogue in Spain

The construction/demolition waste catalogue program is managed by the Spanish Ministry for the Environment in collaboration with CEDEX (Spanish research and experimenting center for public construction). The program aims  to use such waste as a raw material for sustainable construction.

Light-weight construction elements to increase resource efficiency in the construction sector

With the new concept of eco-manufacturing light-weight, insulated concrete panels, SoLEED has introduced a more sustainable construction process and material for the building and construction sector. The product of SoLEED Insulated Concrete Panels (ICP) do not only reduce energy costs, but also produces less waste, creates a better residential environment and has a very long life-cycle.

Market uptake of an automated technology for reusing old bricks

The eco-innovation of the project REBRICK demonstrates a new way for the management and reuse of demolition waste, saving energy and resources. With the new vibration-based technology it is now possible to clean bricks without using chemicals or water, improving energy efficiency and reducing environmental impacts.

ENERGIESPARNETZWERK ESN GmbH (Energy Saving Network)

The Energy Saving Network in Germany was initiated by main industry partners to offer private home owners a one stop shop to receive comprehensive information and support regarding the refurbishment of residential buildings to improve their energy efficiency.[1] It improves the energy efficiency in buildings significantly.[2]

 
The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities interested in sustainable construction. The portal supports the enhancement of green public procurement.

The Baubook system facilitates the exchange of communication and knowledge in relation to the energy and material efficiency of construction materials and processes. Its services encourage municipalities and companies to identify and exploit business opportunities which arise from sustainable construction projects.[1] The Baubook company is a not-for profit public-private partnership in Austria.[2]

Wood Hybrid Building System up to 30 stories

Building and constructing in a sustainable way is becoming more vital given a growing global population and environmental challenges. The company Cree has developed a hybrid timber construction system for reducing resources, time and money when building new public buildings, offices, hotels, restaurants etc. This is achieved by building with wood and a modular construction.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is a market catalyst for clean energy in developing countries and emerging markets. In this role it acts as an investor, information provider and connector for up-scaling clean energy business models.[0]

 

 

Advanced sorting techniques for construction and demolition waste

The combination of near infrared detector, electromagnetic sensor and visible colour camera techniques allows to sort construction and demolition (C&D) waste with a level of purity that enables their recycling into high grade products.

A wood plastic composite with up to 95% recycled materials

Construction waste presents a high potential for recovery but few solutions are available today. Addressing this challenge, a finish company relied on its innovative conical extrusion process to develop a multilayer extrusion profile made of Wood Plastic Composite (WPC). This WPC can contain up to 95% recycled materials including Construction & Demolition waste. 

Energy efficient skyscraper as an element of sustainable urban development

Called the world’s most energy efficient skyscraper at the time of its preparation, the Pearl City Tower has taken the novel approach of producing electricity for its own use from renewable energy sources. Many other characteristics of the building help to lower its energy consumption.

NanoPCM: High performance, low cost, nano-insulation foam with improved LCA

A high performance insulating foam has been developed for building applications by the NanoPCM project. The innovation lies in the encapsulation of Phase Change Materials (PCM) within a polymer matrix with addition of nano materials, the encapsulation being carried out via a zero-waste spray-drying process.

Prefabricated self-supported elements that can be used to insulate and renovate single family houses as well as multi-story buildings and decrease energy use to passive house standard.

Cost-efficient, prefabricated wall-and-roof elements can help meet the demand for more energy efficient buildings. These prefabricated elements are produced indoor and then transported to the construction area. With the in-door technique it is possible to manufactures and delivers tailored solutions to the construction industry. This contributes to benefits such as controlled production such as waste control, simplified construction process, better working climate, and in the end energy efficient houses.

Environmentally friendly enhancement of cellulose based materials such as wood, textiles and paper products.

An alternative method for the enhancement of cellulose based material such as wood, textile and paper, Organoclick reduces energy and toxic chemical usage through the use of bio-based catalysts. The method, which is based on organocatalysis and click chemistry, is already implemented in several commercial products within different application areas.  

SBToolCZ: Innovative assessment tool for sustainable building performance

SBToolCZ is a tool for certifying and evaluating building quality in accordance with sustainable construction principles in the Czech Republic. With architects, engineers, building companies, and indirectly homeowners being the main users, the certification scheme acts as a marketing instrument and an inspiration for innovative building solutions.

European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE)

As part of the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE), leading companies in the sector join forces to work together with various European institutions and policy makers, to help Europe move towards the more efficient use of energy in buildings.[1]

 

 

Recycled asphalt used for the sustainable construction of roads

The Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg wished to progress from using less than 50% reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) to using an ambitious 100% RAP in the resurfacing of its roads. The City encouraged innovation in the market by supporting contractors to develop a new, cost effective solution, complying with the city’s sustainability criteria, before going ahead with a restricted public procurement procedure. 

Sustainable planning of procurement with Finnish RAKLI procurement clinic

RAKLI, the Finnish Association of Building Owners and Construction Clients, has set up a procurement clinic which uses open, interactive workshops to facilitate market dialogue between potential service providers, consultants, contractors and investors to accelerate responsible purchasing.

European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP)

The European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) seeks to raise the sector to a higher level of performance and competitiveness. It aims at providing support to innovation competences in firms in the construction sector. ECTP members approach this goal via activities such as enhancing the cooperation, combining activities, and supporting a more sustainable construction sector.