The By-BM (By-Products for Building Materials) Project is an Individual Research Fellowship program under the umbrella of H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
Reason of the research PROGRAM
The construction industry is critical to innovation and employment in the EU economy, providing 20 million direct jobs and about 10 % of the EU’s GDP. The EU’s Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) has set an ambitious target of at least 70% of construction and demolition waste (CDW) to be reused, recycled or undergo materials recovery by 2020. Coupled with the challenges of depletion of raw materials and demand for low carbon material resources, new eco-innovative Building Materials (BM) are urgently required.
Aim of the project
Development of responsibly designed innovative, low CO2 and inherently safe geopolymer concrete from industrial wastes with as low as possible health risk.
Geopolymers are alternative low CO2 binders can be produced through the reuse of industrial wastes. The synthetic BM is currently hampered by public health concerns. By-BM project will develop environmentally-safe geopolymer BMs comply with necessary safety standards.
Geopolymers are alternative low-carbon binders and can be produced through the reuse of industrial wastes.
Although economically viable, market uptake and widespread application of these new types of synthetic materials is currently hampered by public health concerns related to immobilization of potentially toxic compounds and in particular radiation exposure from natural isotope content.
The EU’s Council Directive (2013/59/Euratom) or commonly called EU BSS (European Union Basic Safety Standard) has laid down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionizing radiation including BMs. The By-BM project will develop innovative, environmentally-safe geopolymer building materials – which integrate waste materials, yet comply with necessary safety standards.
Progressing the state-of-the-art across several scientific disciplines, the main objectives of the By-BM project in co-operation between the host, the secondment (NuTeC UHasselt, Belgium) and partner institutes (JRC-IRMM, Belgium), scientific programs (COST Action TU1301, NORM4Building) are the following to provide innovative solutions in reuse and methodology of by-products for geopolymers.