I materiali destinati alla discarica risorsa per l'edilizia verde

The European project SUS-CON "sustainable, innovative and energy-efficient concrete, based on the integration of all-waste materials", coordinated by Consorzio CETMA of Brindisi, goes to its natural conclusion.

SUS-CON is a project, co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program in one of the specific calls for the EEB (Energy Efficient Buildings), which aims to develop innovative technologies for enhance and complement the secondary raw materials in the production of the concrete lightened cycle, with the aim of creating a product made from 100% recycled materials and characterized by high thermal insulation values ??and thus able to contribute to energy efficiency of buildings.

Four years research and development, 16 Partner (between research centers, universities and companies), 10 countries (Italy, Greece, Holland, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, Germany, Taiwan, Romania and Great Britain), one goal: to transform material waste (such as mixed plastics from the selection of municipal solid waste, end of life tires, polyurethane foams recovered from old refrigerators and plastic from electrical and electronic equipment) intended to be disposed of in innovative building products with high added value (in performance and process technologies developed).

Only in 2012 (year of the beginning of the project), the concept of an innovative and sustainable concrete consists exclusively of materials prior to the second, without the use of natural resources and as binders or as aggregates, it looked like a goal complex to be pursued. But the consortium of partners took up the challenge and after four years he has translated a difficult goal in a concrete result. It 'important to remember that the construction industry is among the most energy-intensive (the production of concrete then it is especially so) and has a strong environmental impact on the consumption of raw materials. The development of innovative technologies developed in SusCon for the integration of secondary raw materials in the concrete production process has allowed us to give an answer to this problem by developing components for building high-performance (in terms of energy efficiency) as the blocks and thermal break panels with low environmental impact.

Concrete ready for use, blocks and thermal break panels were manufactured by industrial partners and put in place to build, at each of the three demonstrator sites of the project (in Spain, Turkey and Romania) of the mock -up made to monitor in situ the performance of prefabricated components in terms of thermal and acoustic insulation.

the latest events of the project included the general meeting at the headquarters of CETMA on 2 December and follow the course of the final workshop at Palazzo Granafei Nervegna Brindisi, entitled "Towards greener and more energy efficient buildings: novel construction materials and processes" , 3 December 2015.

the workshop was organized by CETMA in collaboration with the greek partner NTUA and has hosted, in addition to the results of the SUS-CON project, also measures of important stakeholders in the innovation system belonging to the construction industry. Special guests of the event, created with the support of the European cluster AMANAC "Advanced Materials & NAnothecnology Cluster" ( ), the ISOBIO European projects, ECOBinder and Leema (who, along with SusCon, are part of the Area theme "Low Emboedied Energy") and EFFEDIL project, as national case study.

a lot of progress has been made and the project results are already tangible, but the path is not It ends here. The next step will cover the transfer of results from research to that of industrial production. This is a very compelling issue, so much so that the European Commission is implementing all the possible strategies to facilitate this step and increase the impact of research projects on the European economic system. One of these strategies concerns the selection of the most promising projects, which dedicate space and support to facilitate the dissemination of results.

SUS-CON has been selected by the European Commission as one of the most successful cases among the projects funded under the 7th Framework Programme, having been distinguished for their achievements in the field of energy efficiency in buildings .

Video interview with the project coordinator, ing. Alessandro Largo:

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