Together with the partners of Interreg NWE funded project FCBRE, we have a co-creation session, in which we present and discuss issues around the development of Material Exchange Platforms (MEP).
One of the objectives of CHARM is the development of MEPs, platforms on a portfolio level (portfolio of housing associations) and the project level. Paris Habitat, the WP leader on MEPs, is developing their own MEP.
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. The FCBRE (which stands for: Facilitating the circulation of reclaimed building elements in Northwestern Europe) 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 FCBRE 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.