The Repository of Materials, created by the architect Cláudia Cardoso, appears as a response to the waste produced, through a platform for the safeguarding and valorization of materials and components that are left over from the construction
Text of Lusa • 02/01/2018 – 15:26
A project that reuses materials from construction and demolition works, some from the 19th and 20th centuries, was developed in Porto and is incubated in the Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto (UPTEC). “In today’s society, we see a culture of waste, and the construction sector is largely responsible for the production of waste,” said architect Cláudia Cardoso, project coordinator of Repositório de Materiais.
Accoriding to agência Lusa, this project emerges as a response to the waste produced through a platform for the safeguarding and recovery of materials and components that are left over from construction or from demolition and rehabilitation works that have potential for reuse. This platform, he continued, seeks to gather and centralize relations between the various entities that own these materials and those who seek them
In addition, it intends to promote the dynamization and creation of new sites dedicated to the deposit of materials, through an online mapping of warehouses, thus creating a network of repositories, which may include municipalities and construction and demolition companies.
Structural and finishing (stone materials and skylights), and hardware and accessories (railing, balusters, locks, door hinges, door handles, door handles, door handles, door handles, handles and taps).
Equipment such as stone countertops and toilets, exterior cladding and waterproofing (tiles, slate, tile and glass), as well as interior lining (floor and mosaics) and decorative elements, are other examples. According to the coordinator, the advantages of using these materials, some of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, then associated with economic and capital gains and the fact that they are materials that are stabilized, proven by past use, thus reducing future maintenance actions.
“It is also a way to contribute to the environment, avoiding waste in the construction and the formation of landfills,” and to reduce “energy expenditure in the transformation and production of new materials, allowing a saving of natural resources and energy in processing and recycling of materials, “he said.
The partner warehouses of this project, which is aimed at architects, decorators, interior designers, construction and demolition companies and municipalities, are located in the northern part of the country and in Lisbon, however, the team intends to extend this service to the entire national territory . According to Cláudia Cardoso, this platform, pioneering and with a professional character, intends to cover a wide variety of categories of materials, systematizing the main characteristics of each cataloged article.