Circle House lab develops future standards for circular construction
Circle House Lab brings together the construction industry’s circular frontrunners across disciplines, in order to develop and design the future circular building standards for Danish and European construction under the auspices of the Danish Standard.
The purpose of Circle House Lab is to accelerate the transition needed to realize the potential of circular economy in Danish construction. Experience shows that the conversion from linear to circular economy is a number of challenges that need to be worked together to solve – across the construction industry.
Circle House Lab is about establishing a forum among spearhead companies and research and development organizations to develop a common understanding and solution to the most important challenges and to develop the future building standards. The name Circle House Lab indicates that its a laboratory form, where members commit to experimenting with solutions to the many challenges together – to put them into play in own businesses, education and research projects.
The knowledge gained in Circle House Lab is the basis for, in collaboration with Danish Standard, to develop European standards, which construction actors can use to explain their circular processes and products. The project is supported by Realdania and MUDP and runs from spring 2019 to summer 2021.
Development of solutions and standards
Circle House Lab Elements
FROM A LINEAR TO A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
In Denmark, the construction sector accounts for 1/3 of the total materials waste volume and globally for around 1/3 of carbon dioxide emissions. One of the reasons for this is that the economic model that prevails in the building industry today is linear. In real terms, this means that raw materials for construction are mined and excavated, building components are manufactured and subsequently used in buildings, and ultimately they end up as construction waste.
One possible solution to this immense challenge is to switch from a linear economy to a circular economy. The transition to circularity in the built environment means, for example, that products must be manufactured so that their constituent materials can be separated out. This is not only a technical challenge, but also calls for recirculation capabilities in the building industry value chain that do not as yet exist. In only a few instances do manufacturers take back their products for resale.
The Circle House project wants to get closer to the answers to these challenges. So, the project analyzes value chains, business models, business cases and framework conditions. All results and recognitions are shared through a broad discussion of circular construction throughout the industry. Realdania has supported this part of the work.
Who is behind the Circle House Lab
Circle House Lab builds on the circle of companies behind the Circle House project.
Circle House started up in 2017 and develops with Lejerbo as the builder the world’s first general residential building constructed according to circular principles. The goal of Circle House is a scalable circular lighthouse building that is offered and built on market conditions and is expected to be completed in 2021.
Circle House Lab operates GXN and Responsible Assets, in collaboration with Danish Standard. Circle House Lab is anchored physically and digitally at BLOXHUB, where knowledge from projects and events can be accessed. The project is supported by: Realdania and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency’s Development and Demonstration Pool (MUDP).
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