Metals for Buildings is an alliance of European or International metal trade associations active in the building sector. It represents the interests of the metal industry towards European institutions and relevant stakeholders as far as the sustainability and recyclability credentials of metals in buildings are concerned.
The alliance was established in 2012 and became an ASBL in March 2013 under Belgian law.
EUROFER is a member of Metals for Buildings.
Metal building products are key contributors to the circular economy thanks to their high end of life recycling rate and the associated environmental benefits. The lightness, strength, durability, flexibility and recyclability of metals makes them important sustainable materials for the building and construction sector. Additionally, the high recycling rates of metal products is of major benefit to the environment and the economy.
Recyclability is a key aspect in any environmental assessment of construction products, therefore the end of life recycling benefits of metal products should be appropriately considered in Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) or any Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of metal building products;
The harmonisation of data, methods and indicators in building sustainability assessment schemes and EPD programs is important to achieve a sustainable construction sector.
Demolition and renovation practices should be further optimised to foster the use of all types of Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW) as ‘secondary resources’, i.e. not only metals, and stimulating the renovation market of existing buildings to develop better energy performing building stock in Europe.