ICEBERG ahead!

Within the framework of the ICEBERG research project, 35 public and private organisations from ten countries of the European Union have joined forces to advance the topic of circular economy in the construction industry across Europe. The project is funded under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation funding programme and will run for four years.

ICEBERG is an acronym for "innovative Circular Economy-based solutions that efficiently recover valuable resources from building materials and take into account the 'end-of-life' aspect at the construction stage".

The aim is to further develop the circular economy in the construction sector, among other things with the help of "reverse logistics" tools and production technologies that use valuable recycled materials (with low levels of contamination below eight per cent). The project also aims to improve the reliability and acceptance of recycled materials from construction and mixed construction waste. This will be validated through six case studies at different sites, covering the recyclability of concrete, ceramics, wood, gypsum, insulating foams and super-insulating materials.

As part of Designing the Future, EPEA brings the latest research findings to the network. At the same time, needs of the stakeholders are collected within the network in the form of workshops and feedback loops in order to directly align the research in ICEBERG with them.

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