ASTM International and NEN organize seminar on sustainable and circular building

14-09-2018 A workshop jointly sponsored by standards organizations ASTM International and NEN will focus on presentations promoting innovative ways to use and reuse materials as well as increasing energy efficiency in the construction industry. This workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 16 in conjunction with the ASTM International Board of Directors Meeting in Amsterdam and will be hosted by NEN at their facilities in Delft, The Netherlands.

The workshop will provide an information exchange on current research, related standardization initiatives and new concepts regarding circular construction and the reuse of materials. With a continued focus on durability, resilience, conservation and preserving materials, the construction industry focuses on an array of positive ways to deliver better buildings. Some of these innovations include the re-use of existing building products (such as recycled fresh concrete and recyclable copper) as well as efficiency improvements (such as for roofing and fenestration). Economic growth challenges society to consider not just the prosperity of expansion, but using intelligent design and execution through recovered, recycled and environmentally friendly construction products.

Presenters from the ASTM International board include: Cesar Constantino, Separation Technologies (Titan America); Oliver S. Delery, Jr., Forterra Pipe & Precast; Jack Germaine, Tufts University; Bill Griese, Tile Council of North America and Chris Mathis, Mathis Consulting.
Dutch speakers are: Simon Wijte, professor at Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) and Jaap van der Heide of RWS (responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands). This includes the main road network, the main waterway network and watersystems and Pim Peters of IMD Raadgevende Ingenieurs.

Both NEN and ASTM are standards organizations known for their high quality and broad adoption of its construction and sustainability standards developed by thousands of members from the U.S., Europe and other regions.

Role of standards

As circular construction gains momentum, standards from ASTM International, NEN and other leading organizations play a crucial role in achieving the goals of industry, government, consumers and other stakeholders. Standards are part of the foundation for the future of this growing industry.


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