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Project consortium

The project consortium consists of two research institutes (VTT and SCI), two universities (RWTH in Aachen and UPT in Timisoara), two companies (Ruukki Construction and Paul Kamrath Ingenieurrückbau) and one European association (ECCS). The seven partners from five EU countries have sufficient expertise and facilities to cover the necessary operational needs of the proposed project and networks to disseminate the results. They also represent the essential stakeholders in the process of steel reuse such as material and products manufacturing and design (Ruukki Construction), deconstruction and possible distribution of recovered elements (Paul Kamrath Ingenieurrückbau) and facility owners (RWTH).


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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., (VTT, Finland) is a state owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company established by law and operating under the ownership steering of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. VTT’s activities are focused on three areas: Knowledge intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and environment. VTT has a staff of 2192, net turnover in 2015 was 157.9 M€ and other operational incomes were 92.6 M€. Over the years, VTT has gained vast experience from participation in numerous European R&D Framework Programme projects and within various thematic programmes, including the RFCS program (e.g. projects SB-STEEL, BATIMAS, STEEL-EARTH, SCIENCE, HSS-SERF, PRECASTEEL, STEELRETRO, etc.). In the subject area of PROGRESS, VTT has co-ordinated or been involved in several national and international activities and projects. Several groups across VTT will be participating in PROGRESS specialized in structural engineering, material recovery, sustainability, BIM, business models and other issues. VTT has sufficient operational capacity in terms of experience, skills and research facilities to carry out the coordination of the project and to cope with the possible risks arising during the project execution. The co-ordinator of PROGRESS Senior Research Scientist and project manager Petr Hradil, PhD, has more than 10 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering research. At VTT (2009–present), his expertise is extended to the area of sustainability, resource efficiency, and particularly the design challenges to improve life-cycle performance of buildings.



Steel Construction Institute (SCI, UK) - SCI employs 28 staff with expertise in all aspects of building design and construction. Its mission is to develop and promote the effective use of steel in construction. Through its network of 500 members, SCI has close links with manufacturers, consulting engineers, architects and clients. SCI keeps engineers updated with the latest developments in steel design and equips them to design competently, efficiently and safely through a range of dissemination and education activities. SCI has coordinated many research ECSC/RFCS projects including DISCCO, which studied shear connection systems in composite construction, TABASCO which provided data on thermal bridging, and BATIMASS which investigated the use of steel technologies to enhance the thermal capacity of buildings. The personnel involved will be Michael Sansom Associate Director in the field of Sustainability, who managed the BATIMASS project, and Mark Lawson, specialist in composite construction, who was managing the DISCCO project. SCI has proven to have the relevant experience to coordinate REDUCE project accepted for funding in 2015.


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Ruukki Construction Oy (Ruukki, Finland) is an international division of SSAB providing customers with local service. It employs around 3,500 people and is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. Ruukki manufactures building components that include steel frames for buildings, load-bearing roofing products, rainscreen panels and sandwich panels used in walls. In addition to products, the company also serves customers in design and installation. For consumers and roofing professionals, Ruukki Construction manufactures roofing products under the Plannja and Ruukki brands. Ruukki is focusing strongly on energy-efficient and sustainable construction solutions that meet customer needs and which combine own design and standardized cost-efficient production.


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RWTH Aachen University (RWTH, Germany) - The Institute of Steel Construction of RWTH Aachen (RWTH-STB) comprises a staff of about 70. The Institute covers a wide range of topics including structural aspects, energy saving, comfort conditions etc. both theoretically and experimentally and has at present 6 active working groups for structures, materials, dynamics, wind engineering, building physics and life cycle engineering. A very important research item of RWTH-STB in recent years is the investigation of the building physics performance of steel constructions and buildings with numerical and experimental methods, where RWTH-STB as leading institute in Germany in this field is involved as co-ordinator or partner in several national and European research and dissemination projects. Therefore, testing facilities e.g. a hotbox-climate-chamber, IR-camera, an airtightness test rig and the modular research building in steel equipped to test mechanical and physical properties of new lightweight steel components will be used. In addition, various equipment for in-situ measurements of physical building properties are available. Furthermore, RWTH-STB with its expert team on sustainable construction is a founding member of the German Green Building Council (DGNB) and Member of the Round Table Sustainable Building of the German Government (Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development, BMVBS).


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Universitatea Politehnica Timişoara (UPT, Romania) participates into the project through the Department of Steel Structures and Structural Mechanics (CMMC), with the Research Center of Mechanics of Materials and Structural Reliability (CEMSIG) chaired by Prof. Dan Dubina, former president of ECCS, member EB and TMB, and in TC7, TC8, TC10 and TC13. The CEMSIG research team has achieved significant reputation through participating in important EU projects, such as: FP4 Copernicus RECOS, FP6 PROHITECH, FP7 SERIES: "DUAREM"; ERA-NET INSPIRE, RFCS projects i.e. STEELRETRO, SB STEEL, LVS3 and SBRI+, DIFISEK and HSS-SERF, EQUALJOINTS and STEELEARTH projects. The Research Institute of Renewable Energies (ICER), of UPT, chaired by Prof. Viorel Ungureanu, member of CMMC/CEMSIG and member of TC7 and TC14 of ECCS, will be also involved in the project for specific tasks asking competences in sustainable development.



European Convention for Constructional Steelwork (ECCS, Belgium) is a federation of national associations representing the steel fabrication industry in their respective countries. The aim of ECCS is to promote the use of steelwork in the construction sector by the development of standards and promotional information. It also helps to influence decision makers through the management of working committees, publications, conferences, and by active representation on European and International Committees dealing with standardization, research, development and education. The ECCS brings together the steel producers, the fabricators and contractors organizations, and the academic world through an international network of construction representatives, steel producers, and technical centres. ECCS also includes non-European associations as International Members, professional European organizations as associate members, and representatives of upstream or downstream products or activities as Supporting Members. Its General Secretariat is located in Brussels.



Paul Kamrath Ingenieurrückbau GmbH (PKIR, Germany) is a medium-sized family business located in Dortmund with around 50 employees and active in North Rhine-Westphalia. For six decades, PKIR-GmbH offers professional engineering services in the field of demolition technique. As specialists for complete solutions, PKIR carries out demolition and earthworks, stripping down of buildings and remediation of the environmental damage for buildings ranging from single-family homes to high-rise office. Buildings are stripped, cleared from pollutants and demolished. In some cases, careful demolition and dismantling is used to prepare areas for rehabilitation and upgrading. With a large pool and equipment, depot with own workshops and trained personnel, PKIR is up to all requirements of modern demolition. With prestigious customers like Hochtief, VW, Thyssen Krupp, Deutsche Bahn AG, BTS GmbH, Storck GmbH, PKIR constantly striving to improve operations by acquiring/developing new know-how in order to offer more sustainable solutions and services.