The built environment, together with civil and hydraulic engineering, is responsible for about 50% of raw material consumption in the Netherlands. In addition, the built environment uses about 40% of the total amount of energy and 30% of all the water. Besides new construction projects, much work needs to be done on existing buildings over the coming years, for instance to help create a zero-energy built environment. This enormous challenge offers the construction sector many opportunities to get started with circular principles.
- Explain to the market why your organisation wants a circular building. Determine on which aspect your focus should be, based on your needs and the scope of your tender: for example, reuse of existing material or future disassembly.
- Whenever possible, focus on the ability to disassemble the various elements of a building, both for new buildings and renovations.
- Get inspired by visiting one of the circular buildings. Most project managers will be happy to tell you their story and show you around!
The Dutch Rijn en IJssel Water Authority has built an installation for the production of Kaumera in Zutphen. Kaumera is a new biological raw material produced from sludge granules. The new building must support the circular aspect of the process: transforming waste into raw material.
The CB’23 platform is working on widely supported market agreements regarding the standardisation of circular construction principles. The results have been summarised in three sets of guidelines that can be downloaded from platformcb23.nl (Dutch).
These guidelines provide a definition of disassembly for construction and civil and hydraulic engineering, and shows how disassembly can be achieved.
The aim of this publication is to provide tools to generate a big healthy footprint for buildings. The focus is planning, financing and goal setting for development and renovation. Limited guidance is also provided for the construction, operations and decommissioning phases.
This report offers a potential set of indicators that enable you to provide insight in the circularity of a building. The indicators are based on BREEAM.
This Transition agenda details what needs to be done in the construction sector to move towards a circular construction economy by 2050.
This website offers various initiatives and the latest news regarding circular construction.