Construction & Demolition Wastes
Construction & Demolition Wastes (CDW) comprises the largest waste stream in EU, placing an enormous strain on the environment. However, this type of waste has a great potential for recycling and material recovery, so far has an under developed technology. In Cyprus the management of CDW appears to be underperforming, despite the fact that a comprehensive legislative framework concerning the management of CDW is in place since 2011.
63% of total household energy is attributed to building requirements for heating, cooling and ventilation due to unsatisfactory thermal insulation. The construction activities in Europe and Cyprus are accelerated as well as the rehabilitation activities for energy saving, as a general need to facilitate the accommodation.
Only in the recent years the safety of infrastructures has gained increasing attention, particularly the issue of fire. This transformation in the mentality is attributed to a series of large fires that have taken place in the last years, which led to human casualties, major structural damages and serious consequences for the regional economies. It has been reported that the fire incidents in Europe have been increased by the tragic percentage of more than 300% between the years 2010 – 2015.
Underperforming CDW management in Cyprus
The general lack of skills and knowledge to organise effective systems of CDW management
The cost of recovery activities is higher than the prices of the recycled end-product
Loss of valuable materials
Lack of recycling technologies to be applied to the construction waste in order to increase the salvage value of the building
High rate of energy consumption (250-300 Mtoe) is attributed to building requirements for heating, cooling and ventilation due to their unsatisfactory thermal insulation
The safety of infrastructures has gained increasing attention, particularly the issue of fire, due to a series of large fires that have taken place in the last years.