The project includes special arrangements to ensure the responsible selection of construction materials to build streets and infrastructures.
It will prioritise local materials and recycling to give waste a second life, according to the principles of the circular economy.
Madrid Nuevo Norte’s sustainability measures encompass a variety of areas, including social and economic aspects to the strictly environmental. At 5.6 kilometres long covering an area over 2 million square metres, it is Europe’s largest urban regeneration project. A project of such magnitude necessarily mobilises a large number of resources. Hence, all materials which may be used in Madrid Nuevo Norte are being scrutinised. Likewise, individual plans are being made to minimise consumption, optimise production and management and reduce the carbon footprint. To that end, energy and water management are essential, but responsible use of building materials for infrastructures, streets and buildings is equally important for urban development.
Local supplies and sustainable extraction
Madrid Nuevo Norte proposes a comprehensive approach to the life cycle of the materials used to implement the project. It will also incorporate the principles of the circular economy to ensure a low carbon footprint and minimum consumption of resources. To this effect, a study will be carried out that will take into account technical and economic aspects when selecting the preferred sustainable materials.
This includes selecting preferably locally-sourced materials, i.e. locally-extracted and manufactured. Materials from Madrid and nearby areas, within a 160-kilometre radius from the project, will be prioritised. Where this is not possible, domestic materials shall be used.
Another critical factor is the processes used to extract the material. Where timber is used for construction, Madrid Nuevo Norte will prioritise the use of certified wood, i.e. it should have a forest certification from an independent body that guarantees that the forests from which the wood has been harvested comply stringent criteria and standards.