HISER standardization workshop in Brussels - conclusions


HISER standardization workshop entitled: "Standardization and Certification of innovative Construction products involving recycled materials from C&DW” took place on Friday 16th November in Brussels in the context of the EU Raw Materials Week at Le Plaza Hotel.

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The 2 hrs-workshop built on the key findings and outcomes from project HISER about Certification and Standardization issues related to new products involving secondary C&DW-recovered raw materials, with a deeper focus on Concrete, WPC, Cement, Gypsum and Bricks.  

The workshop offered to the EU organisations, the manufacturers and any other Stakeholders (including researchers and other Horizon consortiums and partners) the opportunity to discuss the state of the art and existing gaps for unmet needs in Standardization and Certification for innovative products, concurring to boost the market uptake of new solutions and products.​

After a short presentation of HISER project by the coordinator Mr. David Garcia Estevez (Tecnalia), Ms. Elena Balossino from RINA Services (Italian Third party Certification body) explained why Standardisation and Certification can play a significant role in the market uptake of innovative products, highlighting actual barriers and existing tools (most of them coming from EU Commission, such as the ETV or the ETA process) which can be already used but also improved for a better inclusion of innovative construction products.

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Ms. Raquel Martinez from UNE (Spanish Standardization Body) identified the CWA (CEN Workshop Agreement) as a possible flexible, rapid process to address the standardization of innovative construction materials, consisting in a consensual document developed in a Workshop open to any company or organization inside / outside Europe, which can form the basis for future European or international standard.

Mr. Francesco Arnesano from RINA Services focused on the main possibilities for the products developed within HISER project (Concrete, WPC, Cement, Gypsum and Bricks) to get a recognised certification or marking under existing standards, also highlighting existing barriers for each product and suggesting possible strategies for future initiatives.

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Finally, Mr. James from UEPG (EUROPEAN AGGREGATES ASSOCIATION) critically analized statistics and numbers on the use of recycled aggregates in construction, underlining how this market can be affected by a change in technical standards and also by a change of mind in the construction industry, starting from optimal construction design to monitoring&statistics of recycled aggregates and their origin, to education of the customers and end-users.

The final round table was a very good opportunity to get any feedback and proposals from the participants representing both industry, research and institutions, all agreeing that standardisation activities should increasingly contemplate the shift to circular economy including more and more innovative recycled products and setting environmental criteria for both traditional and innovative products.