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 and which partners to choose?
  • Which aspects of circular construction to apply?
  • How to communicate clearly about these?
  • 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, the practical guide, 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 with its own specific context and preconditions. Also, the term "circular construction" or a "circular building" is unambiguous to this day. This makes translating the theoretical principles of circular building into a practical implementation a very challenging exercise. To help you out, we developed a (1) Practical Guide, (2) the Circular Built tool, and (3) Real-life examples!

1. Practical guide

The Practical Guide offers information on circular construction. The guide is organised into 3 practical questions:

  1. How do I get started?
  2. Which aspects of circular construction do I include in my project
  3. How do I follow up on them? How can I evaluate my project after delivery?

For each question, the guide gives you the information you need to get started. Also, each time, the link to the ‘Circular Built’ tool is provided. 

2. The tool Circular Built

The "Circular Built" tool guides you in defining, monitoring and evaluating circular ambitions in construction projects. It also supports construction partners to communicate transparently about their ambitions. 

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

3. Real-life examples

Projects in which circular ambitions were realised. Check out the two circular construction projects that were built and followed up within the CBCI project. More practical examples will follow later.

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.

For futher questions about the Circular Built tool or suggestions on how we can improve it: aline.vergauwen[@]

For general questions: contact charlotte.cambier[@]