CHARM Kick-off Meeting

The Interreg project, CHARM, had its kick-off meeting last week in Eindhoven, hosted by the Dutch housing association, Woonbedrijf. 

The first day of the kick-off meeting was for project partners. The housing association partners include Paris Habitat, Accord Housing Association, Zonnige Kempen, and Woonbedrijf. The four housing associations discussed the different types of circular building strategies that will be tested in each of their demonstration exemplars. The group discussed each of their schemes in detail, such as Accord’s plan to produce 12 virtually plastic-free dwelling, Paris Habitat’s goal to show that upcycling is possible and cost-effective through renovations and transformations, Zonnige Kempen’s work on producing a material exchange platform and convincing people of the value of second-hand elements, and Woonbedrijf’s initiative of developing 3 different types of circular houses. The group then visited the work site where Woonbedrijf will begin their exemplar. 

The second day was the Inspiration Meeting and was open to all whom were interested. Project partners came together with associate partners and other interested social housing associations to strategies about how to implement circular principles in social dwellings. They asked questions like: How do we define circular housing? What value does circularity offer tenants? Are social housing associations willing to pay for circular buildings? How are other social housing associations implementing different strategies? 

They also head from the BAMB project: Buildings as Material Banks. This Horizon2020 project has developed a materials passport platform prototype. They have a traveling exhibition that has a collection of 70 different materials that are optimized for circular reuse. 


The CHARM Inspiration Meeting concluded with a site visit to the circular deconstruction company, A. van Liempd Sloopbedrijven BV. They have the first and true web-shop of reclaimed materials in the Netherlands. All items are origin traceable, as they strive for transparency. They explained how sustainable, circular demolition is more cost effective than traditional demolition and the benefits of re-use versus recycling. The group learned about the different materials most often re-used, the material inventory, and the work they do with social housing company, Woonbedrijf. 

The CHARM kick-off meeting was an absolute success! CHARM is still accepting associate partners. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Nietiedt at 

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