This work was carried out at the Universitat Politècnica de València in the framework of CONDEREFF project (Ref. PGI05560-CONDEREFF). The authors deeply thank the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia and all people and the organizations involved in this project for their support and, especially, to the European Commission for their funding provision.
Editors: Javier Cárcel Carrasco (Project Manager); Elisa Peñalvo López (Universitat Politècnica de València).
CONDEREFF project is framed in the field of the European projects and its objectives are focused on the European problematics. The aim of this project is to promote the sustained growth through a better management of the construction and demolition waste based on the recycling, reuse and the improvement or creation of policies that make it possible.
The project will involve different organizations from Italy, Greece, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, France and finally, as coordinator of the project, Spain with the Polytechnic University of Valencia. It is focused on the exchange of experiences and practices in order to learn about the existing procedures in the waste management field, and then be able to adopt the best techniques and procedures which will be contained in seven action plans for the improvement of regional policy instruments. In addition, one of the main lessons learned from this type of project is the strong collaboration with the different participating regions, from which strong links and synergies emerge. In this aspect, in order to promote the exchange of experiences and the management of the project, there is stated the organization of two annual interregional meetings in which all the partners should participate.
Aligning with these interregional meetings, the Polytechnic University of Valencia organized the first international workshop on pre-demolition audits, demolition activities supervision and documentation. The event took place on 2nd and 3rd of April 2019 at the Polytechnical University of Valencia facilities and it was attended by public authorities like the Councilor of Environment of Valencia and the Autonomous Secretary of housing, public works and coordination of the territory; the legal representative of an important non-profit association of selection and recycling of residues of the Construction and the Industry companies; several construction and recycling private companies; some experts from the colleges of architects or engineers, freelancers and students of the sector, among others. The topics covered during the meeting were aligned with the identification of the main requirements established by the waste management regulation for new constructions and buildings demolition, the state of art of pre-demolition audits in several countries of Europe, the current problems as well as good practices and potential solutions. In short, to establish general mechanisms to solve technical and environmental issues as well as legal and documentary requirements.