The tool Circular Built

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Circular Built: closing the loop on your construction project

Are you committed to the principles of circular construction and want to apply them to your own construction projects? Then you probably have a lot of questions: how to get started? Which partners and type of collaboration to choose? Which aspects of circular construction to apply? How to communicate clearly about these? How to align decisions with predefined ambitions? And how to evaluate the delivery of your project?

This website helps you get started with applying your circular ambitions to construction projects, and provides answers to each of the questions above. With the help of the information on this website and the accompanying tool, you’ll have a circular construction project in no time.

A circular construction project: what does it mean?

Every construction project is different and has its own specific context and preconditions. There is also still no clear definition of ‘circular construction’. So the translation of the theoretical principles of circular construction into concrete actions or requirements is different for each project, and their practical implementation is a real challenge.
That is why this website aims to guide you through the practical implementation by providing targeted information and tools. This will help all construction partners involved put maximum focus on the project’s concrete circular ambitions

Practical guide

Here you will find information and tools around circular construction. The guide is organised into 3 practical questions that come up in every construction project: putting my project on the market and choosing partners: how do I get started? Which aspects of circulair construction do I include in my project and how do I follow up on them? How can I evaluatie my project after devlivery? For each question, the guide gives you the information you need to get started in practice. Also, the link to the ‘Circular Built’ tool is provided, as well as other practical tools where applicable. 

The tool Circular Built

The "Circular Built" tool is a guidance tool that allows you to define, monitor and evaluate circular ambitions in construction projects. It also allows construction partners to communicate transparently about this. 

  • Determine what expectations and ambitions you have for your project in terms of circularity
  • Use this as a guide throughout the entire construction process for consultations, decisions and both internal and external communication
  • Evaluate the project afterwards and draw lessons from whether or not the predefined ambitions have been achieved

Real-life examples

Here, we will collect and share projects, in which circular ambitions were realised, for inspiration. For now, two projects have been included, namely the living labs of the CBCI project. The intention is to gradually add to this.

This website was developed as part of the Circular biobased Construction Industry (CBCI) project. The European-funded project investigates how we can use raw materials in construction more efficiently, thereby reducing CO2 emissions. Not only in the construction phase, but throughout the entire life cycle of a building. For the transition to a circular economy, an integrated approach to circular and bio-based building has been developed, which forms the basis for the construction sector.

The overall project has a duration of almost 4 years, until 30 September 2022. And a size of almost €7 million. CBCI is a project of Interreg 2 Seas 2014-2020. This is a European territorial cooperation programme. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is one of the funders.

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