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Complementarity with other research programmes

This COST Action stimulates the responsible reuse of NORM residues in building materials by combining research on alternative, new tailor-made building materials specifically developed to allow the incorporation of NORM residues.

The Action will be complementary to:

-EUREKA! 5415 NEWCOMAT (“New generation of constructive materials based on industrial waste in the concept of sustainable development.”; 2010-2014), a project without radiological focus;

-FP 7 SUSCON (“SUStainable, innovative and energy-efficient CONcrete, based on the integration

of all-waste materials”; 2012-2015), a project without focus on radiological aspects;

-FP 7 LEEMA (Low Embodied Energy Advanced (Novel) Insulation Materials and Insulating

Masonry Components for Energy Efficient Buildings; 2012-2015) , a project without radiological

focus;

-FP 7 EASEE (Envelope Approach to improve Sustainability and Energy efficiency in Existing multi-storey multi-owner residential buildings; 2012-2015) , a project without radiological focus; -Joint Research Project IND57 MetroNORM (“Metrology for processing materials with high natural radioactivity”; 2013 – 2016) EMRP – European Metrology Research Programme). The MetroNORM project primarily focuses on the standardization of the radiological measurement protocol for NORM residues. Standardization issues regarding measurement procedures for NORM in building materials, that are part of the scientific program of this Action, will be dealt with in

close collaboration to the MetroNORM project.

The Action has links to:

-STAR (Strategy for Allied Radioecology; 2011-2015), an EC-funded (FP7) Network of Excellence that assesses the impacts of radioactive substances on man and the environment and focuses on a long-term vision on radioecology research within Europe. Star does not deal with occupational exposure;

-International Radon Project (IRP) of WHO (launched in 2005) which collects and analyses information on radon risk, radon policies, radon mitigation and prevention as well as radon risk communication.

To our best knowledge, there is no other programme in the EU, or a comparable joint interdisciplinary action to cover the approach described in this Action.