Within the Circular Bio-based Construction Industry research project, 9 knowledge institutions and organisations work together and over 20 observer partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and France are involved. The 10 project partners are:
- Avans University of Applied Sciences (NL), Lead partner
- Embuild Vlaanderen (BE)
- Wetenschappelijk en Technisch Centrum voor het Bouwbedrijf (BE)
- KU Leuven (BE)
- Kamp C - Provinciaal Centrum Duurzaam Bouwen & Wonen (BE)
- HZ University of Applied Sciences (NL)
- Emergis (NL)
- Provincie Zeeland (NL)
- Agrodome BV (NL)
- University of Bath (UK)
Within the project, we work together with stakeholders and experts to develop façade elements that will not only be tested as prototypes in the lab, but also actually applied within the Living labs. Designing, testing and producing the prototypes will take place in labs in Belgium (WTCB), the Netherlands (SPARK Maker Space Lab) and the UK (BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials). These facilities enable the researchers to make use of state-of-the-art production techniques and research facilities. Materials included in the testing include sheep's wool, wood, nabasco, metisse and grass.
Results of the project
- Whitepaper "Five essentials for succesful circularbiobased construction initiatives" has been published in november 2020. The five building blocks identified in this white paper are Affordable, Flexible, Passive, Integral, and Traditional Ownership.
- Whitepaper "Circulaire en biobased ambitions in construction projects; an integral approach to the tendering process": An integrated approach to the procurement process. Experiences of frontrunners and living labs for designing the procurement and tendering process as to realise circular biobased ambitions.
- The video concerning the procurement framework
- Whitepaper "How the legislative framework can stimulate circulair, biobased construction": The circular economy is a key spearhead for achieving climate goals. Currently, a lot is changing in terms of legislative and regulatory issues in several European countries. This white paper outlines the various developments in rules and regulations for a circular construction sector. One of them is a greater role for renewable materials and products in that future economy. This publication concludes with a series of recommendations so that regulations can accelerate the transition to circular construction.
- CBCI Powerpoints on biobased materials: Overview Biobased Materials