With the focus on the metropolitan areas of Ghent, Rotterdam and Northern France, by-products such as metallic slags and incineration ashes are used as alternative starting materials for the production of concrete. Replacing primary raw materials with by-products could save an estimated 84 million tonnes of mineral building materials per year.
- Development of concretes with 100% by-products (aggregate) as well as with clinker-efficient cements
- Networking of by-product providers and construction industry by means of a web-based platform for forecasting availability and considering the logistical chains underlying the construction demand;
- Testing of the concretes developed in the project (URBCON concretes) on the basis of three original scale pilot projects (including a pedestrian bridge);
- Preparation of a Strategic Technology Transfer Plan: proposals for policy frameworks, life cycle assessments, pre-normative work, economic feasibility studies
The URBCON project is funded by the Interreg North-West Europe Programme under the EU Cohesion Policy and financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).