Ieva Sibilla Strupule (Norway)
The global construction industry has for many years been recognised as a major threat to environmental sustainability. The industry is expected to account for 2.2 billion tons of waste by 2025, double that of 2018. 75% of building materials from demolitions will go to landfills, although much of the non-hazardous waste could satisfy the needs of a property developer who needs to comply with 70% recycling targets for the EU’s Waste Directive.
The solution is Material Mapper - an award-winning (The Global Hack 2020, Oslo Innovation week 2020, SIFTED Sustain100 2021), breakthrough artificial intelligence and machine learning-powered search and forecasting tool that will enable the re-use of secondary building materials, improving the efficiency of the value chain for the demolition and construction sector, and helping companies comply with new EU and the local government introduced construction waste regulations. The tool also calculates CO2 emmissions that would be prevented due to reusable materials thus, allowing the industry and government to track their carbon footprint.