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Metals are circular

Metals in Buildings strongly contribute to the Circular Economy

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Metal recycling in EPD

Properly considering metal recycling in Environmental Product Declaration is essential

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Recycling targets

Metals ask European Commission to develop a ‘re-use and recycling’ target for Construction and Demolition Waste.

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2020-05-05 | c-PCR for steel & aluminium structures is on track

The METALS FOR BUILDINGS alliance contributes to the development of complementary PCR to EN 15804 for steel and aluminium structures which has been recently activated under CENTC135 "Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures". This PCR, based on the amended EN15804+A2, will be also usable for other metal building products which are not covered by any c-PCR document. This new c-PCR should be published as EN standard in 2021.

2019-12-23 | METALS FOR BUILDINGS workshop on 13 Feb 2020

At the occasion of the next General Assembly taking place on 13 Feb at the EUROFER premises,  METALS FOR BUILDINGS  is organising a workshop which will give the floor to three external speakers who will present their views and activities related to building sustainability:  

Thomas SCHINKO, Architect at « Vasconi Architectes » will present “Life Cycle Architecture – design of steel-intensive bio-climatic and sustainable buildings“

Fabrizio VARRIALE, Global Research Assistant, RICS, will speak about “Key metrics and instruments for a Sustainable B&C sector in Europe”

Alberto Parenti, Senior Expert at European Commission, will highlight the views of DG GROW regarding “Sustainable construction in the context of the Green Deal”

Please contact info@metalsforbuildings.eu for more info on this event.

2019-11-04 | New amended standard EN15804 published

The amended standard EN15804 was officially released on 30 Oct. This standard provides core product category rules (PCR) for Type III environmental declarations for any construction product and construction service. It describes which stages of the product's life cycle are considered in the EPD. It is now mandatory to cover the end of life stage and to report the additional benefits and burdens resulting from EoL reuse or recycling. This good evolution will help to get higher market acceptance of the environmental credentials of metal building products at end of life and to position them as sustainable solutions for building applications.

2019-10-31 | Metal experts @ CEN workshop on Materials-value chain for circular economy

Two metal experts contributed to the CEN WS which took place in Brussels on 29 Oct: Bernard Gilmont, Director Engineered Products, European Aluminium, joined the morning panel discussion on CROSS-SECTORIAL NEEDS FOR MATERIALS IN CIRCULAR VALUE-CHAINS while Nick Avery, Life-Cycle Assessment Manager, Eurofer, contributed to the afternoon panel debate on CROSS-SECTORIAL SOLUTIONS & STANDARDIZATION PRIORITIES. It has been the occasion to stress the contribution of metals to the circular economy and the importance to connect life cycle assessment and circularity in order to secure a sound strategy considering in particular the environmental benefits associated with recycling. More info at the following link

2019-09-24 | METALS FOR BUILDINGS contribution @ SBE19

METALS FOR BUILDINGS contributed to the Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2019 taking place on 11 - 14 September 2019 in Graz (Autria). Presented at a special session focusing on "Resource efficient buildings - EPD for construction products: End-of-Life information", the paper (see abstract & full paper) explains how recycling at production stage and end of life stage are addressed in EN15804 for metal products.


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Key Facts next prev

  • 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.

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