|WASCON 2015 – Resource Efficiency in Construction|
|Hosted by the University of Cantabria (Spain)|
|The 9th International Conference on the Environmental and Technical Implications of Construction with Alternative Materials “WASCON 2015 – Resource Efficiency in Construction” will be held 10 – 12 June 2015, in Santander, Cantabria (Spain) and will be organised by the GER Research Group, Green Engineering & Resources at the University of Cantabria.|
|WASCON is the reference international conference on the use of alternative materials in construction. It has been held every three years since 1991 and provides a forum for exchange of ideas and current research nationally and internationally on the use of waste, industrial by-products and other recycled materials in construction. An important scientific base for the implementation of alternative materials is given by the numerous contributions to the WASCON conferences.The resource efficiency in construction is a common goal of the international community due to it being the sector that has the highest consumption of materials, simultaneously, is by far the biggest waste generating sector. Therefore, the main objectives of construction industry for sustainable future are to avoid resource depletion of energy, water and raw materials and to prevent environmental degradation caused by facilities and infrastructure throughout their life cycle.In this regard, initiatives such as, “New products from Industrial by-products” and “Closing the loop for construction materials”, are being carried out to promote the transition towards ecological economy. While several policy frameworks which deal with resource efficiency, construction products and construction and demolition (C&D) waste, have been presented and/or are under discussion at international level. In near future, most of the political and regulatory measures would have to be taken al national/local level. This is why thorough analysis of these measures should be key priorities to be tackled in conjunction with public and private actors.
The conference will provide an opportunity for scientific and industrial communities to meet and discuss their research and innovations on proposed topics.
WASCON 2015 Organizing Committee – University of Cantabria