Kick-off meeting and action plan development
FCRBE - Facilitating the circulation of reclaimed building elements in Northwestern Europe
@Today in NW-Europe, only 1% of building elements are reused following their first application. Although a large number of elements are technically reusable, they end up being recycled by crushing or melting, or disposed. The result is a high environmental impact and a net loss of economic value.
This project aims to increase by +50%, the amount of reclaimed building elements being circulated on its territory by 2032.
Focusing on the northern half of France, Belgium and the UK, the project also covers, with a lesser intensity, the Netherlands, Ireland, the rest of France and Luxembourg. This area houses thousands of SMEs specialised in the reclamation and supply of reusable building elements. Despite their obvious potential for the circular economy, these operators face significant challenges: visibility, access to important projects and integration in contemporary building practices. Today, the flow of recirculated goods stagnate and may even decrease due to a lack of structured efforts.
To respond appropriately to these challenges, the project sets up an international partnership involving specialised organisations, trade associations, research centres, an architecture school and public administrations. It is rooted in earlier initiatives that were successfully initiated, on a local level.
The project will deliver:
- 1 online directory that richly documents more than 1500 specialised reuse operators,
- 1 pre-demolition audit method for reusable elements,
- a set of 4 innovative specification methods for reclaimed products,
- and more!
These tools will be tested and promoted through 36 pilot operations taking place in large (de)construction projects, whereby more than 360 tons of elements will be reused. Effective communication efforts towards the stakeholders of the construction industry (including public authorities) will facilitate a smooth integration of these outputs into field practices and policies.
Old Rectory Studio Ashford Road
34-42 Rue du Lombard
Belgian Building Research Institute
42-44 Rue du Lombard
Scientific and technical Center for Building
4 avenue Jean Jaures
Champs sur Marne
86C/3000 Avenue du Port
University of Brighton
Mithras House Lewes Road
60 Boulevard de la Villette
58 rue Prévinaire
58 rue Prévinaire
|Salvo Ltd||Thornton Kayfirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
|Construction Confederation||Lara Pérez Duenasemail@example.com||Belgium|
|Belgian Building Research Institute||Ambroise Romnéefirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
|Scientific and technical Center for Building||Sylvain Laurenceauemail@example.com||France|
|Brussels Environment||Corinne Bernairfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
|University of Brighton||Duncan Baker-Brown||D.Bakeremail@example.com||United Kingdom|
Kick-off meeting and action plan development
The whole FCRBE team gathered in Brussels on the afternoon of the 24th of April to take stock of the project’s progress. Partners sat together to share their views, discuss project activities and next steps. No doubt the FCRBE activities are off to a flying start! Read More
Before every call, Interreg North-West Europe hosts a Project Ideas Lab to help potential applicants develop their project ideas. This spring, the event took place on 2 April in Brussels, Belgium, and FCRBE Project was invited to attend as a success story to share with potential applicants. Read More
FCRBE representatives met CHARM during its kick-off meeting. Read More
The FCRBE kick-off meeting has taken place in Brussels on 1st February! The whole team has been able to meet and decide about tasks distribution and action plan. Fostering reuse of construction elements in Europe is a very challenging yet exciting objective and all partners are thrilled to get started with the project activities! Read More
Le projet FCRBE facilite le réemploi dans la construction Read More
The FCRBE team joined the other 15 approved projects of Call 6 of Interreg North-West Europe for a workshop in Lille on 23 and 24 January. Read More
On 1st of february will take place the kick-off of FCRBE project in Brussels! We will keep you updated. Read More
Rotor is a research group, design studio and consultancy. It aims at making the reuse of components an accessible option for building professionals. Rotor created and manages Opalis.be, a local online directory of reuse operators. In 2015, the work of Rotor was awarded the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture under the patronage of UNESCO. Rotor recently launched the spin-off RotorDC, an innovative reclamation activity focussing on interior finishings from post-war buildings.
For more than 25 years, Salvo has been a key organisation for the development of the reuse sector, primarily in the UK. Salvo carries out several activities including: networking information and advising on the trade of reclaimed construction elements (e.g. via SalvoWEB and architectural salvage fairs); providing consultancy to the construction sector and public authorities on reuse practices; conducting pre-demolition audits; assisting with materials procurement; surveying the sector.
The Construction Confederation is the main business organisation, social partner and representative body of the construction industry in Belgium. More than 15000 contractors have joined the Construction Confederation, from craftsmen to global players, carrying out all forms of building and civil engineering activities. The Confederation informs, supports, represents and promotes Belgian contractors at the local, national and international levels.
It has three regional entities for the three Belgian regions:
The statutory members of the BBRI include more than 90,000 Belgian construction companies, mostly SMEs. The BBRI’s primary business involves performing scientific and technical research for the benefit of its members; supplying technical information, assistance and advice to its members; contributing to the general innovation and development in the construction sector by performing research upon the request of the industry and the authorities.
CSTB is the French national organisation providing research and innovation, consultancy, testing, training and certification services in the construction industry. The mission of the CSTB is to ensure the quality and safety of buildings, and to support innovation. The CSTB focuses on four key activities: research and consulting, assessment, certification and dissemination of knowledge. Its field of expertise covers construction products, buildings, and their integration into cities.
BE is the public administration responsible for environment and energy in the Brussels Region. BE’s main mission is to survey the quality of air, water, soil, waste, noise and nature. BE is also responsible for defining strategic management plans for improving quality in above-mentioned fields and for launching awareness campaigns for citizens. Since 2008, BE has financed and coordinated the key projects that helped make Brussels a leader in the field of construction material reuse.
The University of Brighton (UoB) is a community of 21,000 students and 2,800 staff based on five campuses in the coastal cities/towns of Brighton. The UoB possesses a diverse and vibrant research community of over 400 research staff and 300 research students. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked us 27 out of 128 universities for our world-leading research impact.
Bellastock is an experimental architecture organisation whose work focuses on the valorization of places and their material resources. Bellastock has experience with the reuse of building elements through demonstrative projects and national and European research programs. This has allowed them to provide technical assistance in more than 50 architectural projects.