In order to promote the circular economy in the construction and real estate industries, raw material procurement has to be reinvented. One solution is urban mining – the use of existing and disused buildings as sources of raw materials, in which the material is recycled or reused. Madaster – a digital cadastre in which all the necessary information about buildings, construction products and materials is stored in an online cloud platform, enables these materials to be used sensibly and sustainably. The building materials manufacturer Holcim Germany is now a new member of Madaster and part of a network that now includes 21 companies along the entire value chain of the construction industry.
“The use of alternative raw materials and the closing of product cycles are among the greatest challenges in the construction industry. We owe it to future generations to use the resources that are available to us responsibly and sensibly. To do this, we have to break new ground. For example, by extending the lifespan of our products or by recycling them, thereby giving them a second and third life. With Madaster we are taking a big step closer to the vision of a circular economy”, says Thorsten Hahn, CEO of Holcim Germany.
At Madaster, every listed building receives a so-called material pass, on which the material value and the current residual value of raw materials are shown. This new transparency about material values and properties creates a reliable data source for architects, project developers and property developers in order to be able to plan the reuse of construction elements and materials in future projects in the long term.
“A targeted material recording in the planning phase and the seamless transfer of information about the quality and origin of the materials and their current location over the entire life cycle is essential for circular construction and building management. With Holcim, we have a strong partner who can influence and shape this challenge directly during material production and in the construction phase,” says Dr. Patrick Bergmann, Managing Director of Madaster Germany. Thorsten Hahn adds: “We have to say goodbye to our throw-away mentality not only in everyday life, but also within the construction industry and develop innovative, sustainable solutions in order to be able to use products as long and sustainably as possible.”
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