Union Européenne des Producteurs de Granulats
Europäischer Gesteinsverband - European Aggregates Association



Uses

An essential part of your everyday life - You use 1Kg of aggregates per hour

Aggregates are the core building material in all our homes, offices, social buildings and infrastructures: without aggregates these would literally fall apart.

Homes

The construction of a typical new home uses up to 400 tonnes of aggregates (both endproduct and concrete) - from the foundations through to the roof tiles.

Social Buildings

Aggregates are used to build schools, hospitals, museums and other social or public buildings. The construction of a school uses up to 3,000 tonnes of aggregates.

Infrastructure

15% of produced aggregates are used for large infrastructures including bridges, harbours, offshore pipeline stabilisation, and many other.


Coastal & flood protection

Used to build coastal protection, dykes, water ways, as well as for flood protection, aggregates are essential to adapt to climate change

Roads & Runways

Aggregates feature at all levels of the road construction up to the surface, which includes aggregates resistant to polishing, ensuring skid-resistance. The construction of 1 km of motorway uses up to 30,000 tonnes of aggregates.

Railways

Aggregates are essential as track ballast for Europe's rail network. The construction of 1 meter of railway for a High Speed train (TGV) uses up to 9 tonnes of aggregates.


Sports facilities & Stadiums

For a sports stadium, up to 300,000 tonnes of aggregates are needed.

Landscape design

Aggregates are also used for private decorative purposes, such as to build stone walls, pathways, and for landscape design.

Commercial Buildings

Offices, factories and other commercial buildings represent 20% of aggregates uses. They do not provide just strength but, through special finishes, architectural beauty.


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