Meaning and importance
When the materials are ready for reuse, they must be able to be applied to the market. In other words, people must be able to procure, supply and render them. Although the procuring of reused materials is still in its infancy, certain clients are already procuring their use via specifications and selection criteria from the project designers. However, unlike new products, reused materials usually do not come with a performance guarantee. This is often seen as a barrier and means that people in the construction industry (architects, contractors and clients) have to take responsibility for it themselves.
Whether a recycled material is suitable for use in a project depends on economic, technical and practical criteria.
- Economic: what is the cost price compared to comparable new materials?
- Technical: is the material free from contamination? Does it have the right mechanical properties? What is the fixing method?
- Practical: is there enough of the material? Is it available at the right time?
To take all these elements into account and to streamline the integration of recycled materials into construction projects, you might want to involve an expert (= material scout).