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One of the basic principles of a circular economy is ‘value retention’. By maintaining the value of a building or construction product, we can extend its lifespan and increase the chance of it going back into circulation (e.g. for reuse or remanufacturing). Good maintenance plays a crucial role in this. To keep buildings and construction products in good condition, you can take a number of measures during the design, construction and use phases.


Meaning and importance

During the design phase you can apply a few logical principles to make replacement and maintenance easier: choose robust materials, detail that avoids damage or contamination, standardisation and modularity, good accessibility of crucial parts, and so on. GRO has developed two checklists with some key points that you can use to take the maintenance and cleaning of buildings into account right from the design phase. In order to make well-considered design choices, it is important to involve those who will take care of the building management and maintenance as early as possible in the project.

During construction, it is crucial to properly document information about the work (e.g. in a post-intervention file). This will mean that, in the future, the right technical information will be available to correctly carry out maintenance and replacements where needed. It is best to make this available digitally, perhaps in combination with or extended by a BIM environment and/or building passport.

During the use phase, good maintenance planning is important to be able to inspect the condition of the building components at regular intervals and to monitor maintenance, repairs or replacements. You can also use digital technologies for preventive and predictive maintenance.

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How was this included in the Circular Built tool? 

In recent years, the BBRI has built up expertise in building maintenance. Based on this knowledge, we have listed the key options in this tool. We also refer to some practical tools such as the BBRI Maintenance Guide and the GRO checklists.

Here, too, we identified must-haves and extras for waste management, during both construction and maintenance.


How can you measure this?

You can measure this in a qualitative way using GRO’s maintenance-friendly and cleaning-conscious design checklists.

Real-life examples

De binnenkant van het voorbeeldproject - Living Lab van KULeuven
Living Lab Emergis de ingang

Which tools can help us here?