The production of materials needed to satisfy the demand for new architectures generates a great impact on our environment. Meanwhile, every year resources are lost during building demolitions. Almost thirty percent of the waste generated in the European Union comes from the construction industry.
The term urban mining is born from the perspective of environmental concerns and aims for more efficient use of the construction materials available in the shape of building stock. The purpose is to reduce the use of virgin sources, generating savings through improving secondary resource use and lowering the negative environmental impacts.
The sifting of buildings to obtain material is something that has recurrently happened in history but the tools used to perform these tasks haven’t evolved. At MATTERSITE we are developing a new workflow to sort and locate material from pre-demolition sites to create a more reliable report of the resources available.