Digital Deconstruction - Advanced Digital Solutions Supporting Reuse and High-Quality Recycling of Building Materials

Project Summary

Digital Deconstruction (DDC) is an innovated Interreg North West Europe project in which smart services are developed to make circular construction possible. And the environment green.

The project aims to develop an innovative digital decision support system, integrating various digital tools (3D scanning, Building Information Modelling, a digital materials & buildings database, blockchain technology) that helps to define the most sustainable and economical deconstruction and reuse strategy for building. By linking the digital system to innovative Building Information Model techniques, a cycle is created between design, construction and demolition. Scarce resources are reused in this way and will drastically reduce the huge CO2 emissions of the construction industry.

Researchers within the project are working on this open-source software system so engineers can reuse materials released from the dismantling of renovation and demolition projects in the construction industry and create a more sustainable future.

The project focuses on regions having set sustainable materials management, ecotechnologies, ICT and digitization in industry as one of their RIS3 priorities in The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France, paving the way for roll-out to United Kingdom and Denmark. 


Project Development

 The project develops the following main outputs:

  1. An integrated DDC system at TRL7, to be made accessible to companies in IT, engineering, construction & real estate sector as an open-source software package for further development and integration to market-ready products and services. 
  2. A transnational network of Regional Innovation Hubs (RIH) that support the optimization, validation and roll-out of DDC solutions. 
  3. 10 pilots, where the digital tools are tested in operational environment; an interactive DDC Navigator supporting the use and further adaptation of DDC tools. 


Construction and demolition waste (CDW) accounts for about 1/3 of all waste produced in the EU. About 50% of this amount is currently recycled in most EU countries, however the majority of CDW is destined for backfilling and other low value applications (downcycling). In North West European countries reuse and high-quality recycling (upcycling) of CDW remains below 3%. ​​Poor digitalization of the construction sector is one of the key factors hindering better exploitation of circular opportunities. ​​


Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Provincie Limburg P.O. Box 5700
NL-6202 MA
Name Contact Name Email Country
Campus Heerlen Management & Development BV (Brightlands Smart Services Campus) Ida Weber Netherlands
NOBATEK/INEF4 Benjamin Laclau France
Block Materials Simon Duindam Netherlands
Laboratory for Green Transformable Buildings Elma Durmisevic Netherlands
GreenFlex Sébastien Delpont France
Cyprès International Jean-Yves Marié Luxembourg
BAM Construct UK Ltd Jesse Putzel United Kingdom
Kempens’ Landscape Tine van den Broeck Belgium
Vilogia Agnieszka Bogucka France
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology Annie Guerriero Luxembourg
Wetenschappelijk en Technisch Centrum voor het Bouwbedrijf (BBRI) Jeroen Vrijders Belgium
Schroeder et Associés s.a. Marc Feider Luxembourg
AREP Philippe Druesne France
Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Paul Valton France


Crossing Boundaries

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The conference ‘CROSSING BOUNDARIES, Towards a circular, sustainable and vital built environment’ aims to create a platform on which knowledge on the subject can be exchanged on a scientific level, to study the environmental and economic implications and to share experiences on the latest developments in the field of circular building. Harald van Hooren, Leadpartner of DDC was present: Read More

Looking for SME's

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Digital Deconstruction is looking for SME’s who are interested in improving the development of digital tools to support and improve demolition, recycling and reuse process. The aim is to align the development of this tool(s) as much as possible in practice, so we would like to know your opinion! We also want to check whether you are interested in closely monitoring this project in the coming years. To get a good idea of today's knowledge, experiences and needs, we would like to ask you to spend 5-10 minutes of your time on our survey. Read More


Crossing Boundaries

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The conference ‘CROSSING BOUNDARIES, Towards a circular, sustainable and vital built environment’ aims to create a platform on which knowledge on the subject can be exchanged on a scientific level, to study the environmental and economic implications and to share experiences on the latest developments in the field of circular building. Harald van Hooren, Leadpartner of DDC was present:
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The results of the project can be tested and demonstrated on 5 pilot sites in the 4 cooperative countries, organized by one of the project partners, who is also the first contact for the pilot owner.

Each pilot owner must be able to set up the pilot on the basis of a manual en be able to make use of the present technological tools that are available at that time. These pilot owners are also supported in the process of demolition of buildings when using these instruments.

The manual for each pilot will be updated along the process of the pilot, the use of tools and the way of working. The pilot results can be used in the Regional Innovation Hubs.


The project results and further Digital Deconstruction publications will be placed here for general use. Also press releases and articles within thematical magazines, linked to project milestones and events will be published here.


Press publications

Information on the 4 best practices in circularity in France. Digital Deconstruction is one of the innovative and sustainable projects mentioned by the Central Government of The Netherlands, by the Dutch embassy in France.

Blog Innovatie en Infrastructuur Rijksoverheid Nederland, Franse ambassade
Blog Innovation and Infrastructure Government The Netherlands, embassy France

DDC publications


The Regional Innovation Hubs (RIHs) are platforms which will be set up through the course of the DDC project. The purpose of the RIH is to act as a link between the DDC project with actors within or close to the deconstruction sector, interested in digitalization.

The RIHs will act as a platform where feedback on the developments in technology and pilot cases can be exchanged with external stakeholders. Co-creation of DDC modules in order to adapt them to the needs and use cases of the sector will be a key activity to make sure that DDC tools are useful to the sector and may be implemented. More in general, the RIHs will be hubs to stimulate the uptake of digital tools in this sector in general, and thus a slightly broader approach than presenting only the DDC-Integrated platform & modules is taken.

An educational process will take place within the RIHs (through demonstrations, explanations, hands-on testing), to bridge the knowledge and usage gap of DDC tools, as has been identified. Indeed, multiple actors in the deconstruction sector are not aware of the potentialities of DDC tools, neither are they currently using them in their day-to-day activities. Educational activities set in the RIH will empower actors to use DDC tools and enable their implementation in the sector. The RIHs have the objective to promote DDC tools as a standard, impacting the deconstruction market.

The RIHs have the objective to create and coordinate a network of deconstruction actors interested in digitalization. Actors will be empowered to start new projects and “innovation networks” will be created for future developments of DDC tools.


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