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Mission & Messages

METALS FOR BUILDINGS is an alliance of eleven European metal associations active in the building sectors. It represents the interests of the metal industry to European institutions and promotes the sustainability and recyclability credentials of metals.

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  • • Metals provide society with a material that is 100% recyclable without loss of properties;
    • Metals are widely applied in the Building and construction sector;
    • Metals are a first choice material for structure, reinforcements, cladding, roofing, window frames, plumbing, heating equipment and many other applications;
    • Metals can be found in old, historic buildings as well as new, modern architecture;
    • More than 95% of the metal products used in buildings are specifically collected and recycled at the end of life.

  • Communicating and promoting the recyclability credentials of metals in buildings to European institutions;
    Demonstrating the success story of the end of life recycling of metals in buildings;
    Ensuring that European regulations and legislation for buildings and building products recognises the unique recyclability credentials of metals in a fair and appropriate manner;
    Ensuring that the life cycle assessment methodologies and standards used in the building sector, especially for legislative purposes, uses the end of life approach when assessing the recycling performance of metal products.

  • • The lightness, strength, durability, flexibility and recyclability of metals makes them key sustainable products for the building and construction sector;
    • The high rates of recycling metals is of major benefit to the environment and the economy;
    • Recyclability is a key aspect in any environmental assessment of construction products, therefore the end of life recycling benefits of metal products should be appropriately considered in Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) or any Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on metal building products;
    • Harmonisation of data, methods and indicators in building sustainability assessment schemes and EPD programs is of fundamental importance to achieving a sustainable construction sector;
    • Demolition and renovation practices should be optimized for, respectively, fostering the use of Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW) as ‘secondary resources’ and stimulating the renovation market of existing buildings.


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