research areas:
Building & living
Eco­log­i­cal as­pects
Raw & construction materials
project status: completed

“Bau-Cycle – Sustainable building material cycles by means of material analysis and pollutant separation” aimed to close essential gaps in the circulation of construction products, in particular the material groups used wood, windows, and insulation materials.

The three leading ACR institutes in each sector (HFA, OFI, IBO) formed a holistic, material-specific building material analysis center with a cooperative laboratory. We were developing a range of services that allow comprehensive chemical and physical material characterization of building materials, thus providing companies in the construction and waste industries, in particular SMEs, with a mobile and stationary laboratory unit. This enabled an expanded, analysis-based and quality-assured detection of contaminants and pollutants on construction sites, as well as subsequent special analysis in the stationary laboratory if necessary. In addition, we developed new, innovative methods for separating problematic substances, so that recovered building materials become high-quality secondary raw materials and can be profitably reused by companies.

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