If we want to achieve a circular economy in the construction sector, then buildings need to be designed according to circular design guidelines. In concrete terms, this means that construction materials and products, building components and even entire buildings must always be able to retain their maximum value, or that we must be able to continually bring them back into circulation.
Our learnings from the past offer us important insights for the future. For example, when constructing new buildings, we need to pay the necessary attention to:
- the building-level design (change-oriented design), with a focus on value retention by incorporating sufficient flexibility and adaptability
- the component-level design (design for reuse and recycling), with a focus on separability, portability and accessibility, taking into account the different lifespans so that we can remove components from a building with minimal damage.