Resource Center - facilitate the use of salvaged materials for construction projects
This project proposal aims to promote and facilitate the use of salvaged materials for construction projects for the improvement of private housing, or in the service of collective projects and inclusive practices in the city of Berlin.
The statement is quite simple. In today’s model of city development, when a building no longer fulfils its function, it is usually and simply destroyed to make way for a new one. The negative environmental impact that re- sults from this kind of practice seems obvious: extraction of resources that are not always renewable, high CO2 emissions, pollution of ecosystems, huge amount of «waste» generated by the destruction of old buildings*, etc.
However, while an economy and numerous initiatives linked to recycling are now developing in cities, the latter offer a limited response to the problem: energy consumption to re-process the material, limited use of recycled materials, inci- neration and landfill of part of the waste, etc. Practices and initiatives related to maintenance and repair, and to deconstruction and reuse of materials and ele- ments from old buildings are still very little encouraged, supported and valorised. These ones are however the most environmentally friendly, can help to support a local economy and to preserve the built cultural heritage, and can be at the heart of new responsible practices for the benefit of the greatest number of people.
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