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Market uptake of an automated technology for reusing old bricks (REBRICK)

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Sector: Buildings and Construction
Status: Closed
Coordinator: Mr. Claus Nielsen
Old Clean Bricks ApS - Gamle Mursten, Denmark
E-mail: claus@gamlemursten.dk
Tel: +45 62211416
Partners: SCAN-VIBRO A/S (SV), Denmark
BauArte GmbH (DNAT), Germany
D'Appolonia S.p.A. (DAPP), Italy
Website: http://www.gamlemursten.dk
Benefits: The ability to automatically clean bricks towards reuse will have a major environmental impact through reduced CO2 emissions and reduction of waste.
Keywords: Automated technology, bricks cleaning, reuse
Duration: 15/06/2011 - 14/12/2013
Budget: EUR 1 465 868 (EU contribution: 49%)
Contract number: ECO/10/277267

Summary

Nowadays, building demolition waste, including cement, mortar and bricks, is either land filled or crushed and recycled as aggregate material for low grade applications such as sub-base and road construction – despite the fact that bricks can easily last for several centuries. The REBRICK project aims to create the first market uptake of a technology, which enables a paradigm change within demolition waste handling and recycling in Europe. The technology, which was designed and patented by the Danish company Gamle Mursten, consists of a mechanical system that automatically cleans concrete and cement from old bricks. Bricks can hence be reused for construction activities with a cradle to cradle approach, rather than being devalued and used within mixed aggregates.

Results
  • Besides enabling a significant reduction of demolition waste volumes, as the production of new bricks is very energy and resource intensive, the ability to recycle bricks will have a major environmental impact through reduced CO2 emissions. Each reused brick will save 0.5 kg of CO2 emissions compared to building with new bricks.

Types of solution
  • Technology, process and product
 
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