In September 2022, the EFL Topic Group Construction had a two-day meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The theme of the meeting was: 'Circularity in the Construction Sector'. The findings, insights and conclusions of this event are published in a brochure.
Circularity in the construction sector
A total of 30 persons joined the meeting (in person or online), representing the following organisations: TU Delft, Habitare Plus, Gewobag, Vilogia, L&Q Group, Zonnige Kempen, Inter-Vilvoordse, Eigen Haard, Chill Services, Drees & Sommer, and Paris Habitat.
On the first day, eminent prof. dr. Vincent Gruis of TU Delft, expert in circularity in the built environment, was our keynote speaker. TU Delft is also the lead partner of Interreg NWE funded project CHARM. Also, members of the Topic Group showed the national state of play and highlighted some circular pilot projects in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom and France. We visited three projects (Patch 22, Top-Up, and Circl), where the participants got guided tours and detailed information on the construction of the buildings and the circular measures, which has been taken.
On the second day, prominent architect Thomas Rau was our keynote speaker. His presentation on treating (raw) materials in the light of performance, using a circular mindset, and with the knowledge of limited availability was spot on. His presentation on treating (raw) materials in the light of performance, using a circular mindset, and with the knowledge of limited availability was spot on. We then spoke about how to make our organisations (more) aware of the need of becoming sustainable and circular.
The European Federation for Living (EFL) is a European network of housing associations, companies and experts working to create more affordable, sustainable housing. We have over 70 members and associates from 19 European countries, with a joint portfolio of more than 1.300,000 dwellings and business units across Europe. EFL is partner of CHARM.