NORM4BUILDING - NORM for Building materials


The depletion of energy resourses and raw materials has a huge impact on the building market. In the development of new synthetic building materials the reuse of various (waste) residue streams becomes a necessity. This COST initiative stimulates the collaboration of scientists, industries and regulators to gather knowledge, experiences and technologies, to stimulate research on the reuse of residues containing enhanced concentrations of natural radionuclides (NORM) in tailor-made building materials in the construction sector while considering the impact on both external gamma exposure of building occupants and indoor air quality. By improving radiological impact assessment models for the reuse of NORM residues in building materials we hope to further stimulate justified uses of NORM residues in different types of newly developed building materials. Based on these models, we aim at investigating realistic legislative scenarios so that the authorities concerned can allow reuse pathways for NORM that can be accepted from a radioprotection point of view in concordance with the Lead Marked Initiative (LMI) and sustainable construction

Project details

Action member: Fabio Mantovani

 Funding source: COST 

Start date 19/09/2013 - end date 18/09/2017


  • UHasselt, Belgium - Chair
  • BEV - Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen, Austria
  • University Vienna, Austria
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Croatia
  • Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Croatia
  • Frederick University, Cyprus
  • Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Center for Nuclear Technologies, Denmark
  • University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Universite Paris-Est Creteil Val de Marne, France
  • IAF - Radioöokologie GmbH, Germany
  • National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • University of Pannonia, Radiochemistry and Radioecology Institute, Hungary
  • Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy
  • National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Italy
  • Riga Technical University, Latvia
  • Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Nuclear Research & consultancy Group, Netherlands
  • Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Faculty of technology and Metallurgy, North Macedonia
  • Goce Delčev University of Štip, North Macedonia
  • INAIL, Italy
  • University of Ferrara, Italy
  • EURSSEM Environmental, Netherlands
  • Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection,  Poland
  • Glowny Instytut Gornictwa, Poland
  • University of Minho, Department of Civil Engineering, Portugal
  • University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Metallurgical Research Institute -ICEM SA, Romania
  • National R&D Institute for Nonferrous and Rare Metals, Romania
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, Serbia
  • Slovenian National Buildingand Civil Engineering Institute, Slovenia
  • CIEMAT, Spain
  • Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Sciences (IETcc-CSIC). Spain
  • Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Sweden
  • Tubitak Marmara Research Centerr Materials Institute, Turkey
  • Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Belgium
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • IETcc-CSIC, Spain
  • Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
  • Institute of Applied Nuclear Physics, Tirana University, Albania
  • Scientific Research Institute for Binders and Materials (SRIBM), Ukraine
  • Scientific and Technical Centre Amplituda, Russia
  • University of Texas at Austin, USA