Recycled Building Products – The Way Forward Gilli Hobbs Centre for Resource Management
Centre for Resource Management • Demonstrate and promote best practice in construction and demolition waste/ resource management • Research and demonstrate use of reclaimed and recycled materials in construction • Manage BREWEB - BRE’s environmental body • Design and manage the SMARTWaste system
Developing new construction products IDEA FEASIBILITY MARKET CERTIFICATION PILOTS / TESTING TESTING LONG TERM DEMONSTRATION PRODUCTION
WRAP Testing and Certification Project • 2 year project – finished March 2004 • Main objective – certify 20 recycled building products – 50% grant available • Materials covered – plastics, glass, timber, paper • Activities expanded – performance assessment through testing • Secondary objectives • Provide technical advice • Boost market through publicity, seminars etc.
Applications received from: Anglian Windows Davandian Ltd Delleve Plastics Plascrete UK Ltd Heritage Structural Ventilation Ltd Timbaplus M Baker Recycling - PURform Spartan Tiles Recycled Bottle Glass Centre Thermal Economics Freeform – Green Bottle Unit Ty Mawr Lime Lankhorst Recycling Octaveward Ltd Visqueen Building Products Recology Ltd M Baker Recycling – PURcrete Plascrete UK Ltd Plastic Reclamation Ltd Sarnafil Security Composites Ltd Strandex Transmix UK Ltd Timbaplus IDA Technologies
Testing and Certification Project - results • 4 products tested/ certified • Ty Mawr, Visqueen, Transmix, Plascrete • 100+ companies given advice • 200+ companies contacted • 2 seminars held • Around 20 presentations • 3 press releases • 15+ articles produced
Barriers to successful applications • Post consumer recyclate from EU • Plastic, timber, glass and paper • R&D testing excluded • Supply not set up (cert requirement) • Factory not set up (cert requirement) • Lengthy application process • Confidentiality / IPR • Cost v. benefit • Value for money • Low tonnage return (some standards too inflexible) • High testing/certification costs
Lessons learnt • Dual stream system – application for funding + technical advice (equal weighting) • Scope to help with supply/ factory set up • Short and simple application process • Funding criteria very transparent • Value for money indicator i.e. funding likely over x tonnes/ £ grant • Broaden scope – waste diverted from landfill, prototype testing • Longer timescale – 3 to 5 years, handholding through process
Positive feedback • Companies found technical and marketing advice useful irrespective of grant funding • Awareness of recycled building products was raised generally • April 2003 Seminar provided good networking and technical advice • Better understanding of barriers for manufacturers and market development
The Way Forward - Supply • Greater use of recyclate in construction product manufacture through: • Supply chain improvements • Market demand increased • Performance and technical improvements • Clear environmental, performance and economic benefits • Exploitation of R&D • Replacement of primary feedstock
The Way Forward - Demand • Stimulate demand for recycled building products through: • Independent assessment i.e. Certification and performance testing • Awareness of recycled product availability and performance • Clarity and ease of supply and specification • Clear environmental, performance and economic benefits
Building a Network – Who? Providers of: SUPPORT ADVICE CERTIFICATION SPECIFIERS CLIENTS REPROCESSORS CONSTRUCTION PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS
Recycled Building Product Network • Why? • Provide focal point for supply and demand • Provide focal point for news, R&D, support, guidance, information and discussion • Networking of key stakeholders • Identify barriers and opportunities
Recycled Building Product Network • How? • Advisory group • One stop web site • Email newsletters • Targeted regional and national events • Partnership building and consultation
Recycled Building Product Network • www.recycledbuildingproducts.co.uk • Link to existing web sites • NGS, Eco construction, WRAP AggRegain, BREMAP • Under construction – current suggested format: • Generic Home Page • Generic News and Events Page • Reprocessor zone • Manufacturer zone • Specifier zone • Support zone
Recycled Building Product Network • We want you to create it • Help shape it • Join the Advisory group • Have ownership of it • Join it - Fill in the form • Use it ????? Any Questions ??????