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Integrated Decontamination and Rehabilitation of Buildings, Structures and Materials in Urban Renewal - A European Project for a Sustainable City Concept



Title: Integrated Decontamination and Rehabilitation of Buildings, Structures and Materials in Urban Renewal - A European Project for a Sustainable City Concept
Author(s): Lauritzen
Paper category : conference
Book title: International RILEM Conference on the Use of Recycled Materials in Building and Structures
Editor(s): E. Vázquez, Ch. F. Hendriks and G.M.T. Janssen
Print-ISBN: 2-912143-52-7
e-ISBN: 2912143756
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2004
Pages: 265 - 274
Total Pages: 10
Nb references: 3
Language: English


Abstract: A project called "Integrated Decontamination and Rehabilitation of Buildings, Structures
and Materials in Urban Renewal" (IRMA) is being conducted within the European
Commission’s Fifth Framework Programme "Energy, Environment and Sustainable
Development". This international initiative involves seventeen partners from nine European
countries, representing important stakeholders with interests in urban development.
The primary objective of the project is the development and implementation of a general
"City Concept" comprising a toolbox of improved technologies and processes together with
decision-making and management tools for sustainable urban renewal, focusing on
contaminated buildings, in order to protect the environment from hazardous compounds and
save reusable buildings and materials.
The paper presents the main focal points of the project, including risk management, health
and safety of construction and demolition workers, reduction of waste and preservation of
buildings and resources. The holistic purpose of the project is to respond to some of the most
important challenges of urban development, such as rehabilitation of old buildings,
minimisation of waste and recycling of materials.
Within this general context, focus will be placed on environmental aspects of demolition
and reuse of the waste materials produced thereof. Firstly, cleaner techniques for selective
demolition are developed, concentrating on the environmental aspects of the process in order
to ensure optimal working conditions. Secondly, decontamination procedures of demolition
waste are investigated so as to ensure an environmentally optimal reuse of those materials and
prevent negative impacts during the re-use of the materials


Online publication: 2004-09-29
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00
doi: 10.1617/2912143756.030