Dynamic and flexibly designed buildings, in which materials retain their value for new applications. This is the aim of the EU-funded 'Buildings As Material Banks' project. (www.bamb2020.eu) The Reversible Experience Modules(REMs) are an example of such a flexible and circular building.
The objective of the REMs exhibition is to let the visitor experience how circular construction works, with what materials and products it is already possible, and how material passports support circularity; from the design phase of products and buildings to the recycling phase.
Visitors can get to work themselves with modular, detachable and Cradle to Cradle designed products and systems. Each product has a Material Passport that is accesible to visitors by scanning the products with their own mobile phone! The passports give access to all information that supports the circular use of materials and buildings.
In the Project BAMB – Buildings As Material Banks (www.bamb2020.eu) 15 partners from 7 European countries are working together with one mission – enabling a systemic shift in the building sector by creating circular solutions.
Today, building materials end up as waste when no longer needed, with leads to poor materials selection, sick building syndrome, resource scarcity and increased environmental costs. To create a sustainable future, the building sector needs to move towards a circular economy.
Whether an industry goes circular or not depends on perceived value of the materials within it – worthless materials often go to waste, while valuable materials are often being recycled. A better understanding and retention of value therefore equals less waste.
BAMB is creating ways to identify, understand, communicate and increase the value of building materials. By doing so BAMB enables a systemic shift where dynamically and flexibly designed buildings can be incorporated into a circular economy. Through improved design and circular value chains, materials in buildings retain their value which leads to a sector producing less waste and using less virgin resources. Buildings will function as material banks of the future – slowing down the usage of resources to a rate that meets the capacity of the planet.
The BAMB project is developing and integrating tools that enable this shift: Materials Passports and Reversible Building Design – supported by new business models, policy propositions and management and decision-making models. During the course of the project these new approaches will be demonstrated and refined with input from 6 pilots. One of them are the Reversible Experience Modules. (www.epea.nl/rems)
The BAMB project started in September 2015 and runs for 3 and a half years as an innovation action within the EU funded Horizon 2020 program.