Housing and demolition companies have for years been showing increased environmental awareness in energy-efficient refurbishment or selective deconstruction measures. This does not only include modernisation of roofs, facades or heating systems to save energy or a clean separation of obsolete building materials. Resource efficiency and sustainability in demolition projects are becoming increasingly important. The recycling of building materials in the sense of the Closed Substance Cycle Recycling Act benefits the environment and increases ecological credibility.
This is particularly evident in the area of PVC construction materials such as windows, roller shutters, floor coverings, plastic pipes and roofing membranes. As part of their product responsibility, manufacturers have already established nationwide material recycling and recycling systems in the 1990s. In recent years, they have already been used in numerous remediation and dismantling projects in line with the motto “Best Practice for the Environment”.
In the period from June 2016 to November 2017, the “Best Practice for the Environment” campaign identifies exemplary projects in the three federal states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia in which PVC building materials are recycled as part of a construction project. Current construction site appointments with the local and trade media take place on selected projects throughout the entire duration of the project. After completion of the “Best Practice” campaign, exemplary reference objects are documented.
Best Practice for the Environment “is a pilot project and is limited to the federal states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. Initiators are the Rewindo Fenster-Recycling-Service GmbH and the AGPU, both Bonn, and the Arbeitsgemeinschaft PVC-Bodenbelag Recycling (AgPR), Marl.
The project has already been able to attract a number of prominent supporters in the form of associations, institutions, companies, media and individuals who are gratefully involved in the identification of suitable reference projects.
Interested companies in the housing, demolition and window construction sectors who would like to see their building projects published as part of “best practice” documentation can of course also register their reference projects – provided that PVC building materials such as windows, roller shutters, floor coverings, plastic pipes and roofing membranes are upgraded there as part of an energy-efficient refurbishment or selective dismantling – directly with the initiators of the project below.