CHARM - Circular Housing Asset Renovation & Management

Project Summary

The building sector is responsible for more than 60% of resource use in Europe with more than 30 - 50% of material use taking place in the housing construction sector. The sector also generates about one third of all waste in the EU. It is because of these staggering statistics that increasing resource efficiency in the housing sector is of great importance for a sustainable society.

Main objective of project CHARM: optimise (re)use of material and natural resources

The main project objective of CHARM is to optimise (re)use of material and natural resources. Other objective is to demonstrate innovative approaches for housing renovation and asset management that prevent downcycling. The project also wants to secure adoption of these approaches within the housing organisation partners, as well as to accelerate the adoption of such approaches throughout the social housing industry.

Asset management approach

Currently, the trend is to improve recycling of building materials from demolition waste. This often leads to downcycling, reducing the use value of materials. For example, concrete from buildings being converted to form the foundations of roads. A circular economy promotes optimal reuse of building materials at at least an equivalent value, such as bricks reused as bricks. CHARM develops and implements an asset management approach that prevents downcycling of materials in renovation and construction of social rented dwellings by creating:

  • circular building strategies tested in demonstration exemplars
  • guidelines for a circular procurement strategy for social housing organisations
  • material exchange platforms to enable circular flows of materials and building components in the social rented sector

Project partners

The project output will be jointly generated by social housing organisations from 4 countries in the InterregNWE region (Belgium, France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom), in co-creation with supply chain partners and knowledge institutes. The social housing organisations and partners are: Zonnige Kempen, Paris Habitat, Stichting Woonbedrijf SWS.Hhvl and Accord Housing Association. Other partners of the project are: European Federation for Living (EFL), Kamp C and the University of Birmingham. Lead partner of project CHARM is TU Delft


The CHARM building strategies will lead to 36% of materials being prevented from downcycling, compared to the current maximum of 10%. This is equivalent to 40.000 tonnes of annual material recovery by the project partners alone. Dissemination and uptake of the results in the social rented sector in the NWE region will be achieved through the involvement of European, as well as national, innovation exchange platforms.

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Delft University of Technology Vincent Gruis 1 Mekelweg
Name Contact Name Email Country
Accord Housing Association Limited Carl Taylor United Kingdom
Paris Habitat Isabelle Quet-Hamon France
Housing corporation Woonbedrijf Teun van Kuijk Netherlands
Zonnige Kempen Luc Stijnen Belgium
European Federation for Living Joost Nieuwenhuijzen Netherlands
Kamp C Jonathan Verdonck Belgium
University of Birmingham Halima Sacranie United Kingdom


Report on two-day meeting in Paris

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Paris Habitat was a great host on the 26th and 27th of June 2019 in Paris, France. On the first day of the meeting, all partners of Interreg project CHARM presented and discussed the project as a whole, the communication and the demonstration exemplars of the social housing organisation. The first day was followed by an Inspiration Day. Read More


The project output will be jointly generated by social housing organisations from 4 countries in the Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) region. Interreg NWE is a European Territorial Cooperation programme with the ambition to make the North-West Europe area a key economic player and an attractive place to work and live, with high levels of innovation, sustainability and cohesion.

Partners of project CHARM

Lead partner of project CHARM is Delft University of Technology. The social housing organisations involved in Interreg NWE project CHARM are: Zonnige Kempen from Belgium, Paris Habitat from France, Stichting Woonbedrijf SWS.Hhvl from the Netherlands and Accord Housing Assocation from the United Kingdom. The project is actively supported by: European Federation for Living (EFL), Kamp C and the University of Birmingham. Co-partners are l'union sociale pour l'habitat and Sustainable Housing Action Partnership (SHAP). Project CHARM is funded by Interreg NWE and financially supported by Provincie Noord-Holland

TU Delft


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Paris Habitat


Zonnige Kempen

European Federation for Living

Kamp C

University of Birmingham

CHARM addresses the challenge to create a resource efficient society, focussing on social housing. The housing organisation partners of CHARM have begun to experiment with more circular approaches towards construction and renovation. Here, you will find more information on these experiments, which we call 'demonstration exemplars'.

Accord demonstration exemplar

Paris Habitat demonstration exemplar

Woonbedrijf demonstration exemplar

Zonnige Kempen demonstration exemplar

Making the social housing sector more circular also means that we have to share the information we have and that we are collecting. 

Here you will find more information on events and festivals related to the themes and goals of project CHARM.

ENHR conference Housing for the next European social model

From the 27th - 30th of August 2019 the ENHR is organising a conference in Athens (Greece). In this congress we explore how housing can be part of a new solidarity model for Europe and how housing policies can lead the way in this direction. We look for answers not only in the way central governments and mainstream institutions have responded but also in the realm of social innovation in the diverse regions of Europe, where path dependency and other contextual factors have given or could give rise to unique solutions to some of the continent’s most pressing housing provision challenges.

Cities to Be

The event 'Cities to Be' is an event for professionals in sustainable construction on the 12th and 13th of September 2019 in Angers (France). There is an urgency to transform our world by eradicating poverty and inequality and ensuring its ecological transition by 2030. Construction and the sustainable city are both a big part of the problem but also the keys to success. This makes Cities to Be the conference that provides concrete solutions and the partners to achieve this.

The Social Dimension of Social Housing

This Summer School is being held from the 16th - 20th of September 2019 in Vienna (Austria). the ResearchLab started in 2018 with a series of annual International Summer Schools on relevant aspects of social housing. In 2019, the Summer School will have a thematic focus on the social dimension of social housing.

National Housing Summit

The National Housing Summit is on the 25th and 26th of September 2019 in London (UK). It's an annual housing conference with top speakers from the worlds of politics, economics, media and innovation. The National Housing Summit is built for senior housing professionals tasked with improving their organisation’s operations and plan for the future.

Climate Alliance International Conference

On the 26th and 27th of September 2019 the Climate Alliance International Conference will be held in Rostock (Germany). This gathering of Climate Alliance members and other interested parties is the highlight of the Climate Alliance year and sees well over 200 representatives of local authorities from across Europe gather to delve into hot topics in the field of climate action and climate justice while sharing experiences on local level projects and initiatives.

European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy

The aim of the European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy event is to promote a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy. This event will be held on on the 30th of September and the 1st of October 2019 in Helsinki (Finland) in connection with Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

European Week of Regions and Cities

The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. This year the venue is Brussels (Belgium) and the event is from the 7th - 10th of October 2019.

The 2019 C40 Mayors Summit

From the 9th - 12th of October 2019 the C40 Mayors Summit will be in Copenhagen (Denmark). The summit will feature innovative events, plenary sessions, breakout sessions, press conferences and cultural activities. Copenhagen is a true pioneer in creating the sustainable, healthy and liveable cities of the future. The C40 Mayors Summit in Copenhagen will be the first to truly bring the citizens of the city into the Summit.

7th Informed Cities Forum

On the 15th and 16th of October 2019 the 7th Informed Cities Forum will be held in Warsaw (Poland). The 2019 edition will zoom in on urban regeneration processes, examining their real and potential impacts on people and places. Building on the experience of the OpenHeritage project and the Actors of Urban Change community, the forum will explore new ideas and tools to empower local communities and safeguard urban commons.

Digital Construction Week London

The Digital Construction Week will be held in Londen (UK) on the 16th and 17th of October 2019. This event is about innovation in the built environment. You can showcase your innovative technologies and solutions to the leading decision makers in the built environment. Or share your expertise with the rest of the built environment.

4th Affordable Housing Forum

The 4th Affordable Housing Forum is on the 17th and 18th of October 2019 and is an international and interdisciplinary symposium organised by the UNESCO Housing Chair of the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Spain) and the ETH Wohnforum Centre for Research on Architecture, Society and the Built Environment, Zurich Switzerland. Venue: Tarragona (Spain).

ESCL Annual Conference 2019

The annual conference of ESCL on the 24th of October 2019 is called: Legal implications of climate change: the case for circularity. The venue is Delft (the Netherlands).

Deconstruction and Modern Building Materials

On the 13th of November 2019, the IDE and University of Wolverhampton present: Modern Building Materials Seminar; How Can We Recycle Them in 20 Years? The purpose of this event is to bring together key stakeholders in the built environment to look at the issue of deconstruction and the reuse of modern materials. Venue: Wolverhampton.

EFL Autumn Conference 2019

The European Federation for Living is one of the largest European networks in the affordable housing sector. The EFL Autumn Conference will be held in Dublin (Ireland) on the 30th and 31st of October 2019.

Smart City Expo World Barcelona

Smart City Expo World Congress exists in order to empower cities and collectivize urban innovation across the globe. Through promoting social innovation, establishing partnerships and identifying business opportunities, the event is dedicated to creating a better future for cities and their citizens worldwide. This edition will be held in Barcelona (Spain) from the 19th until the 21st of November 2019

Interreg NWE Making an Impact!

The Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) programme is pleased to announce its first impact event on the 4th and 5th of December 2019, which will take place in Tourcoing (Lille agglomeration, Hauts-de-France) at 'La Chaufferie'.


WasteBuild is the first and only international built environment event with the dedicated ambition to eliminate global waste. Learn, be inspired and do business at WasteBuild 2019 and make sure your organisation is maximising the opportunities of the new circular built environment. Venue of the event is Amsterdam (the Netherlands) on the 5th and 6th of December 2019.

ChangeNOW International Summit for Change

From the 30th of January - 1st of February 2020 this international summit is being organised in Paris (France).

Dresden Nexus Conference

The third Dresden Nexus Conference will take place from the 3rd – 5th of June 2020 in Dresden (Germany) under the theme “Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society”. This is an international conference series dedicated to advancing research and the implementation of a Nexus Approach to resource management. DNC2020 aims to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable economy by focusing on identifying and discussing the concepts that nexus thinking offers to support the transition towards a circular economy.

Housing 2020

Housing 2020 will be from the 23rd - 25th of June 2020.

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