Final Seminar Closer project: Pre-Demolition Audits

Final Seminar Closer project: Pre-Demolition Audits

The final seminar of the CLOSER Project, "Pre-Demolition Audits: Step by Step", took place on November 22, 2021, in a hybrid format

The in-person modality took place at the LNEC Congress Center, with the presentation of the EU COVID Digital Certificate, or a test with a negative result for COVID-19, and the use of a mask during the entire stay in the space.

The event was attended by the representative of the Environment Programme Operator, the Secretary General for the Environment, Alexandra Carvalho, the President of the National Civil Engineering Laboratory (LNEC), Laura Caldeira, the Member of the Board of Directors of IMPIC, Pedro Guedes Pinto, the Member of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA), Ana Cristina Carrola and the presentations of the project results, respective case studies and implementation policies were made by Filipa Salvado (LNEC), Isabel Martins (LNEC), Seyed Rezvani (LNEC) and Mafalda Mota (APA).

The Closer project, financed by the EEA Grants Environement Project under the Small Grants Scheme#2, is part of the Circular Economy Action Plan, which identifies the management of construction and demolition waste as a priority and the need to keep materials in use for longer, improving their quality and increasing confidence in the materials recovered in the end of life of buildings.

The project's objectives were to increase the reuse and recycling of materials from the demolition or rehabilitation of buildings. Separate materials that constitute hazardous substances to prevent contamination of materials to be recovered. Improving the quality of recovered resources by identifying the types and quantity of materials present in demolition or rehabilitation and presenting utilization solutions that lead to the closing of cycles of the recovered materials.

The results of the project consist in the elaboration of the Portuguese Guide on pre-demolition audits of buildings and in benefits in terms of recovery rates and quality of materials from construction and demolition waste and solutions for the use of these materials.