• 30 Jan 2019

    Covenant city Benicàssim leads demonstration project on sustainable construction

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    The Covenant city of Benicàssim (Castellón-Spain) commits to urban innovation by setting up an environmental demonstration project that gives a new use to low value ceramics.

    The mayor of Benicàssim (Castellón, Spain) Susana Marqués, recently inaugurated the demonstration project in the framework of the Ceramic Sustainable Urban Drainage System project (LIFE CERSUDS). 

    This demonstration project (partially financed by the municipality) aims to prove the viability of using ceramics as a material for sustainable construction. It consisted in the rehabilitation of a street of Benicàssim, the Calle Torre San Vicente. A permeable pavement made up of ceramic paving blocks of low commercial value was placed on site to facilitate percolation, reduce runoff and improve water quality. 
    Thanks to this system the city of Benicàssim will be able to:
    • Reduce flooding due to torrential rains by increasing the permeable surfaces in cities.
    • Re-use the water stored during the rainy season in periods of drought.
    • Reduce volumes of runoff and peak flows that end up reaching the network of collectors and therefore the treatment plant or the receiving medium.
    • Take advantage of the rainwater collected to irrigate the ornamental vegetation in the street.

    Indirectly, CO2 emissions associated with the manufacture of paving materials will also be reduced, since the material used for this purpose is ceramic material in stock and with low commercial value.

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    LIFE CERSUDS project - financed under the EU LIFE programme - wants to improve the capacity of cities to adapt to climate change and promote the use of green infrastructures in their urban plans. It links Benicàssim Municipality  with the Institute of Ceramic Technology as project coordinator, together with the Ceramic Centre of Bologna (CCB-Italy), CHM Obras e Infraestructuras, S.A., Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), the Centro Tecnológico da Cerâmica e do Vidro (CTCV-Portugal) and the company Trencadís de Sempre, S.L. 

    For more information, please visit: www.lifecersuds.eu