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Circular and change-oriented construction for designers

A learning network for smart construction

What if, when we demolish a building, instead of immediately thinking of the waste generated, we reused the many raw materials and construction products generated? That would be perfectly feasible if designers took account of this as early as in the concept development. If the right construction materials and concepts are used, recycled materials can be extracted from any future building project.

This innovative approach has a positive impact on our environmental footprint and encourages producers, designers and construction professionals to be innovative. It therefore comes as no surprise that there is increasing interest in circular and change-oriented construction.

When commissioning construction projects, we are seeing more and more clients highlighting it as a priority. Designers see the possibilities of circular construction as a second pillar within sustainable construction, in addition to the energy requirements, which are already well integrated. They are always in search of knowledge and best practices. In that view, researchers and pioneers have made great leaps forward, but to bring about a meaningful cultural shift, the knowledge garnered should be disseminated on a larger scale.

The architects’ organisation NAV and the TRANSFORM Research Team at VUB aim to boost the knowledge of circular and change-oriented construction practices among engineers and architects, and encourage them to share knowledge through a learning network allowing pioneers and followers to meet.

The project also includes several initiatives to raise awareness and inform the broad target group of engineers and architects. This will be done through two information evenings and information channels commonly consulted by the NAV architects, including magazines, one-time thematic printed publications, websites and digital newsletters.

  • An event to mark the launch of the project for the broad target group of engineers and architects
  • Eight meetings of the learning network in two different locations, spread over a two-year period
  • Two to four publications on change-oriented and circular construction
  • Sixty architects and advising engineers who put circularity into practice
  • One pocket, ‘Circulair en Veranderingsgericht Bouwen voor Ontwerpers’ - Circular and change-oriented construction for designers

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