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. 5 pilots, where the digital tools are tested in operational environment; an interactive DDC Navigator supporting the use and further adaptation of DDC tools. 

Background

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. ​​

Digital Deconstruction newsletter

The newsletter gives you updates on the several items within the project. Such as the testing of all modules, the status on the pilot sites in each participating country, the Regional Innovation Hubs and the events on the subject. Like to be informed in French, Dutch or English language, please fill in the subscription form below. 

Newsletter DDC project

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Provincie Limburg P.O. Box 5700
Maastricht
NL-6202 MA
Netherlands
hhajg.van.hooren@prvlimburg.nl www.limburg.nl
Name Contact Name Email Country
Campus Heerlen Management & Development BV (Brightlands Smart Services Campus) Ida Weber ida.weber@brightlands.com Netherlands
NOBATEK/INEF4 Benjamin Laclau blaclau@nobatek.inef4.com France
Block Materials Simon Duindam simon@blockmaterials.com Netherlands
Laboratory for Green Transformable Buildings Elma Durmisevic e.durmisevic@4darchitects.nl Netherlands
GreenFlex Sébastien Delpont sdelpont@greenflex.com France
Cyprès International Jean-Yves Marié team@bim-y.com Luxembourg
Kempens’ Landscape Tine van den Broeck Tine.vandenbroeck@kempenslandschap.be Belgium
Vilogia Agnieszka Bogucka agnieszka.bogucka@vilogia.fr France
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology Annie Guerriero annie.guerriero@list.lu Luxembourg
Wetenschappelijk en Technisch Centrum voor het Bouwbedrijf (BBRI) Jeroen Vrijders Jeroen.vrijders@bbri.be Belgium
Schroeder et Associés s.a. Marc Feider Marc.feider@schroeder.lu Luxembourg
AREP Olivier James Olivier.james@arep.fr France
Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Paul Valton paul.valton@sncf.fr France

News


3D scanning Hof Ter Laken (Belgium)

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On Thursday 29th of April 2021 the scanning of the castle, horse stables and barns of Hof Ter Laken, situated in Booischot (Heist-op-den-Berg) in Belgium. Project Partner BIM-Y made the scans. The architectural office received the data in June and is currently reviewing and evaluating it. At the end of 2020, project partner Kempens Landschap already had 3D scans of the buildings performed by another company, so it will be very interesting to compare their data to the data from BIM-Y in terms of quality and detail. In this way a useful evaluation can be made. Read More

3D scanning pilot Vilogia (Fr)

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The project aims to develop a digital decision support system, integrating various digital tools. One of these tools is the 3D scanning of the buildings; it was tested on pilot sites in France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Belgium. On June 15th in Norther France, in Lomme, city located in Lille Metropolitan Area, the 3D scanning was performed by project partner BIM-Y on Vilogia’s pilot site. The scan will illustrate the various states of the dwellings, depending on each dwelling particular story. Read More

3D scanning Gare Villeneuve St. Georges (FR)

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Digital Deconstruction 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 a digital decision support system, integrating various digital tools. One of these tools is the 3D scanning of the buildings on pilot sites in France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Belgium. 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: 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


Events



PILOTS


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.

3D scanning Hof Ter Laken (B)

On Thursday 29th of April 2021 the scanning of the castle, horse stables and barns of Hof Ter Laken, situated in Booischot (Heist-op-den-Berg) in Belgium. Project Partner BIM-Y made the scans. The architectural office received the data in June and is currently reviewing and evaluating it. At the end of 2020, project partner Kempens Landschap already had 3D scans of the buildings performed by another company, so it will be very interesting to compare their data to the data from BIM-Y in terms of quality and detail. In this way a useful evaluation can be made.

On Thursday 29th of April 2021 the scanning of the castle, horse stables and barns of Hof Ter Laken, situated in Booischot (Heist-op-den-Berg) in Belgium. Project Partner BIM-Y made the scans. The architectural office received the data in June and is currently reviewing and evaluating it. At the end of 2020, project partner Kempens Landschap already had 3D scans of the buildings performed by another company, so it will be very interesting to compare their data to the data from BIM-Y in terms of quality and detail. In this way a useful evaluation can be made. 

The next step is to see whether the 3D scans can be used for drawing up floor plans, cuts, etc. so that the demolition file can be drawn up more easily. It will also be examined whether it is possible to establish a digital link to certain elements that will be sold online, for example, on the basis of the digital copy that is now available of the buildings. 

Two barns behind the stables/depot will be deconstructed in the winter of 2021-2022. Or at least that's what they are planning for now. If the administrative procedures run out, it will be the spring of 2022. 

The interior of 1 part of the depot will also be deconstructed in that period. The other buildings on the domain will be preserved and will be restored in the coming years, preserving their heritage value. 

 

See the video of the scanning of this beautiful monumental castle and barns. Dutch spoken.

 

3D scanning Vilogia (Fr)

Digital Deconstruction 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 a digital decision support system, integrating various digital tools. One of these tools is the 3D scanning of the buildings; it was tested on pilot sites in France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Belgium.

On June 15th in Norther France, in Lomme, city located in Lille Metropolitan Area, the 3D scanning was performed by project partner BIM-Y on Vilogia’s pilot site. The scan will illustrate the various states of the dwellings, depending on each dwelling particular story. 

Vilogia: “We scanned a residential building where 7 dwellings over 16 are still occupied. The scan was done in the unoccupied dwellings (9 over 16) and the external parts of the building. The outcome of the 3D scanning is quite impressive! We can virtually visit the dwellings and see their current state. The next step is to test the other modules for the digital software platform. 

  
When is/will this building be demolished, or will not be demolished?  
It should be deconstructed in 2022, depending on the administrative procedures that have to take place"  

 

3D scanning Roman Museum Heerlen (NL)

On monday 5th of July 2021 the Roman Museum in Heerlen was mapped with a 3D scanner by project partners GTB Lab (NL) and BIM-Y (LU).

On Monday 5 July 2021, the building of the Thermenmuseum (Roman Museum) Heerlen in the Netherlands was mapped with a 3D scanner. The building, which will be completely demolished, is one of five pilot projects within the Interreg North-West Europe subsidy project Digital Deconstuction (DDC). Under the leadership of the Province of Limburg, 14 European project partners from France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are developing a digital software platform that can define materials in buildings for reuse and enable circular construction.

 

Press release on this 3D scanning 

Counsel members municipality Heerlen, Charles Claessens and Jordy Clemens were present.

3D scanning Gare Villeneuve Saint Georges (FR)

In Villeneuve (FR) project partners Greenflex, Vilogia and AREP started the 3D scanning of the buildings and the area around the buildings. They scanned Gare Villeneuve Saint Georges as this building needs to be deconstruct in 2022.

 

More information: of the 3D scanning of Gare Villeneuve

Publications


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 release on Hof Ter Laken (B)

Project partner Kempens Landschap has one pilot project in Belgium, Hof ter Laken in Heist-op-den-Berg, where various materials out of the old castle, horse stables and barns are scans and tested for recycling. The two barns behind the stables/depot will be deconstructed. The interior of 1 part of the depot will also be deconstructed in that period. The other buildings on the domain will be preserved and will be restored in the coming years, preserving their heritage value. More information on this pilot project, read enclosed press release (in Dutch).

Press release on the pilot project in Belgium: Hof ter Laken. 

This is the moment for circular building

In the Dutch newspaper De Limburger an interview with Elma Durmisevic and Thomas Bergstra was placed on circular building.

Everybody talks about circular building, but it doesn't exist yet. Now is the moment to start with circular building in Parkstad Limburg as the task on construction and deconstruction is now economically interesting, says Elma Durmisevic from Green Transformable Building Lab in Heerlen. 

Read here the article (in Dutch) on this subject.

Newsletter

The newsletter of the Digital Deconstruction project gives you updates on the several items within the project. Such as the testing of all modules, the status on the pilot sites in each participating country, the Regional Innovation Hubs and the events on the subject.

 

 

The newsletter launched on May 31, 2022 you will find here. 

Like to be informed in French, Dutch or English, sign in on the subscription form on the same page. 

Publication on pilot Ettelbrück (LUX) - Ein Bahnhof spendet seine 'organe'

For Luxemburger Wort, a newspaper in Luxembourg, Guillaume Dubois gave an interview on the pilot Ettelbrück. The station will be demolished and materials from this ancient building reused instead of placing in building depots. This article (in German) gives an insight on the recycling economy of building materials.

Read the article here.

Article on DDC Manifesto in Recyclage et Récupération (FR)

The professional magazine Recyclage et Récupération in France edited an article on DDC Manifesto. Read the article below.

Recyclage et Récupération

What if the city was a mine?

What if the city was a mine? Re-employment is on the rise in the construction sector

What if the city was a mine? If, looking at it, you did not see apartment buildings, houses, stores or offices. But bricks, tiles, frames, parquet floors, natural stone, cobblestones, tiles... In short, a source of materials.

Read more about urban mining in the article of RTBF.be, for which one of our partners, Jeroen Vrijders from BBRI Belgium, was interviewed.

Article on Manifesto in Mat Environnement (FR)

Accélérer le réemploi en Europe via les outils digitaux

Digital DeConstruction, consortium de 14 partenaires européens, soutenu en France par GreenFlex, l’AREP, SNCF Gares & Connexions, Nobatek/INEF4 et Vilogia, entend accélérer le réemploi en Europe, notamment au moyen d’outils digitaux.

Digital Deconstruction participe à la structuration d’un écosystème, centré autour de trois principes : « Réduire, Réutiliser, Recycler ». Celui-ci repose sur la volonté d’être bien plus sobre et efficace dans les usages et la consommation de matériaux. Le consortium prévoit ensuite de faire évoluer le mix matériaux de la construction vers des solutions moins carbonées et d’explorer les façons de mieux produire des matériaux d’usage commun : verre, acier, béton,...

Article in French magazine Mat Environnement about the digital platform for reducing waste in the construction and demolition industry.

 

Manifesto on circular economy in building industry

Partner of the Digital Deconstruction project which aims to develop the circular economy in the building industry, GreenFlex wants to be one of the catalysts for ever more resilient approaches in this sector.

Together with the French partners of the program, AREP, Vilogia, NOBATEK/INEF4 and SNCF Gares & Connexions, they have developed the Manifesto for a circular (de)construction, support to share with you their vision of the sector, and their understanding of the levers to be activated to massively use reuse in the building sector.

You can download this Manifesto and learn more about their ambitions and ambitions of the Digital DeConstruction program, Interreg North West Europe (NWE) project, visit the brand new GreenFlex website!

Or click here for the (French) pdf file of the Manifesto.

Article on the application of the take-back system for waste from construction sector (French)

The public authorities announce the postponement to 1 January 2023 "at the latest" of the application of the take-back system for waste from the construction sector.

According to the AGEC law of February 2020, the framework for the recovery of construction sector waste by an eco-organisation was supposed to become a reality on 1 January 2022. This will finally be the case "by 1 January 2023 at the latest", according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Ecological Transition on 17 November 2021.

French article here.

Scientific paper presented on CIB W78 - LDAC 2021

During the CIB W78 - LDAC 2021 conference project partner Elma Dumisevic presented a scientific paper on DDC, entitled"Development of conceptual digital deconstruction platform with integrated Reversible BIM to aid decision making and facilitate a circular economy"

Iceberg article on DDC

Iceberg, the platform of circular economy of building materials published a article on the District Deconstruction project.

Read the article on their website.

DDC State of the Art on digital tools for Urban Mining

Digital products, services and tools supporting the recovery of building materials sourced from deconstruction operations

This report consists in a review of digital products, services and tools already available in the market or in development that support the recovery of building materials sourced from deconstruction operations. Every product, service or tool is briefly explained with the help of information such as used technologies, explanation on how the products can help the recovery of reclaimed product, etc.

This review does not pretend to be exhaustive, but hopes to give an overview of what new digital technologies can bring to the world of repair, reclaim, reuse and recycle.

Focus. Trois initiatives associant numérique et économie circulaire

Campus Transfo Num (FR) published this article about three initiatives to make circular economy possible. The Interreg NWE project Digital Deconstruction is one of them.

Campus Transfo Num in France enables its members to learn, train, discuss, collaborate, find solutions and growth drivers in order to better manage all of their activities at a lower cost.To do this, Campus Transfo Num shares a set of information from the major players in the sector and organizes working groups to jointly define the challenges and methods to come for a building that is healthier, more efficient and respectful of the environment.

 

See the article: Trois initiatives associant numerique et économie circulaire

Blog Innovation and Infrastructure Government The Netherlands

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

NWE making an impact - 44 innovation projects

Our new publication "NWE making an impact - Cooperation in action" provides a summary of all projects, showcases specific results and demonstrates the positive impact of transnational cooperation on the NWE territory. This publication was produced under the scope of the NWE Programme Capitalization Strategy, which aims at maximizing the impact from projects as well as ensuring long term benefits for NWE and Europe as a whole.

Read more in the publication of NWE 

Regional Innovation Hubs

The Regional Innovation Hubs (RIHs) bring together industry frontrunners and other parties interested in digital tools for reuse and high quality recycling. These networks allow participants to explore possibilities to use digital technology for urban mining – through demonstrations, explanations, hands on testing and practical use cases. Members of the Hubs will also discover first-hand the innovative digital tools developed by the Digital Deconstruction project and share experiences with other frontrunners in the sector.

In each of the four countries participating in the Digital Deconstruction project is set up a Regional Innovation Hub (RIH) : Belgium, France, Luxemburg, and the Netherlands.

The Regional Innovation Hubs reach out to general and demolition contractors, architects and consultants, public or private clients interested in circular economy, software developers, and stakeholders in the reclamation and recycling industry. The RIHs have the objective to create and coordinate a network of deconstruction actors interested in digitalization. Within the network, participants are empowered to start new projects and develop their skills and knowledge.

A Transnational Hub is also set up to allow frontrunners to dive deep in the technological developments of the Digital Deconstruction modules, and share on transnational issues, creating a network for future developments of DDC tools.

Would you like to get hands-on experience with innovative digital tools for urban mining and discuss your experience with industry pioneers? Click on Events and join the activities of your Regional Innovation Hub. The next Regional Innovation Hubs will be in November 2021, in France and The Netherlands.

 

Regional Innovation Hub Belgium: 23th of June 2021 

Regional Innovation Hub Luxembourg: 8th of July 2021

Reuse Innovation Hub France, 16th of November 2021

Second Regional Innovation Hub Luxembourg: 30th of November 2021

First Regional Innovation Hub Heerlen: 12th of January 2022 

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