The International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials Systems and Structures (RILEM) has signed an international partnership agreement with EDA to collaborate and co-operate together to use of construction and demolition waste as a resource.
The purpose of the agreement is improving technical understanding and practical applications related to the use of construction and demolition waste as a resource for the production of construction materials by making technical expertise of RILEM and EDA available through publications, meetings, conferences, Internet links, and any other activity as mutually agreed.
This way, active engagement between RILEM and industry partners associated with EDA is encouraged, to facilitate the successful exchange of information between research and practice.
One of the most helpful ways to achieve the common goal of this agreement is by participating in the common working groups.
Especially important is that of Working Group on Circular Economy. The goal of this working group is to produce a double deliverable: a short guide about how to make happen the circular economy in the construction sector, and a dedicated website with much more information about the topic, case stories and practical information.
The International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM, from the name in French) was founded in June 1947, with the aim to promote scientific cooperation in the area of construction materials and structures.
Today, the new meaning of the acronym RILEM (Réunion Internationale des Laboratoires et Experts des Matériaux, systèmes de construction et ouvrages) emphasises its dominant focus on people as well as its worldwide activities, covering 70 countries.
The mission of the association is to advance scientific knowledge related to construction materials, systems and structures and to encourage transfer and application of this knowledge world-wide.