In a new way of thinking, New Horizon aims to transform demolition into a process of mining resources, thereby retaining the value of building elements and raw materials.

The Dutch company New Horizon works to promote a circular approach to the reuse of resources tied up in existing buildings. Facilitating the urban mining of valuable resources, the company creates value from waste streams released during demolition. It wants to transform the use of the terms “demolish” and “waste” to “dismantling” and “raw materials.” New Horizon carries the entire risk for its clients during the demolition process, making it more attractive for developers to reuse materials. Actively promoting and creating demand for raw materials still present in buildings, the company also guarantees a destination for these materials.

This solution was featured in the Construction in Progress market of the 2018 Global Opportunity Report, and was selected based on the criteria of that report. 

How the Global Goals are addressed

Responsible consumption and production

One ton of construction and demolition waste is produced per capita in Europe each year, and transitioning to a circular approach will reduce the need for new raw materials.

Climate action

The production of new building materials is very energy intensive and associated with large CO₂ emissions, so reusing old material will reduce the sector’s high emissions.

Life below water

Extensive sand extraction physically alters rivers and coastal areas. A circular approach to construction can slow the increasing demand for sand.



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