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CIRCuIT - Circular Construction In Regenerative Cities

European Commission; Laufzeit: 2019 - 2023
Projektleitung: Kuchta, Kerstin
Stellvertende Projektleitung: Doostdar Kejdehi, Mahsa
Mitarbeitende: Doostdar Kejdehi, Mahsa; zum Brock, Janus; Morales Rapallo, Ariana

According to the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, ‘the construction and demolition of buildings account for around one-third of global material consumption and waste’. We are extracting and dumping resources at an unsustainable rate, and with global construction output projected to grow 85 % by 2030, there is an urgent need for the construction sector to transition from a linear into a circular economy. Though various techniques have been trialled and piloted, myriad barriers such as legislation, lack of knowledge and scepticism prevent new approaches from being widely adopted.

CIRCuIT, which stands for Circular Construction in Regenerative Cities is a project funded by the EU Commission Horizon 2020, which brings together four European cities, Hamburg, Helsinki, Copenhagen, and London to undertake a fully circular and regenerative transition. This amazing project aims to move away from conventional construction practices into a more circular, eco-friendly, and regenerative construction approach. The project involves demolition practices, construction material recovering, building elements reuse, structural adaptability for future needs, and much more. With the collaboration of 36 demonstrators and the participation of multiple city partners, the CIRCuIT project will provide the tools of today to transition to a regenerative and circular tomorrow while sustainably reducing the extraction and use of virgin material and promoting a better and more eco-friendly building behavior.

CIRCuIT aims to bridge the gap between theory, practice and policy by delivering a series of demonstrations, case studies, events and other dissemination activities that showcase how circular construction approaches can be scaled and replicated across Europe to enable cities to build more sustainably and transition to a circular economy on a wider scale.

The overall objective of CIRCuIT is to implement circular economy in the value chain of the built environment and to enable cities to initiate circular transitions.
Throughout Copenhagen, Hamburg, Helsinki Region and Greater London innovative solutions will be implemented through 36 pilot projects. The solutions will include:

  • Urban mining and reverse cycles (Dismantling buildings to re-use and recycling of materials)
  • Extending building life through transformation and refurbishment
  • Designing for disassembly and flexible construction
  • Developing urban planning instruments to support cities in implementing circular construction solutions
  • Implementing Circularity Hub which will include a data platform to evaluate the progress of circular economy and regenerative capacity
  • Setting up a knowledge sharing structure in the form of the CIRCuIT Academy, to promote upscaling of solutions

Expected impacts

  •  Increase the regenerative capacity within the four cities
  • Reduce yearly consumption of virgin materials by 20% in new built environments
  • Show cost savings of 15 %

Erasmus+ Projekt; Laufzeit: 2019 - 2024
Projektleitung: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kerstin Kuchta
Stellvertende Projektleitung: M.Sc. Magdalena Kitzberger

Supporting capacity building in higher education in the field of Sustainable solid WAste management and Policies as well as technical and vocational training of waste practitioners in Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia.

Asia has registered a steep growth in population and consumption of goods in the last decades. Similar to other parts of the world, the capability of its socio-economic systems to address the disposal of increasing waste amounts still needs to improve. Dedicated professionals for solid waste management are therefore a most valuable resource in these countries.
Building capacities at different educational levels by developing specialised courses and training programs with sustainable governance is one important step to cultivate the professionals of tomorrow. SWAP will introduce new academic and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) products to teachers and trainers, addressing the most pressing topics of waste management.

  • Health and environmental risks
  • Waste treatment unit processes
  • Landfilling: control of emissions on soil, water and air
  • Circular Economy

Additionally, trainees are getting the chance of a concrete and practical experience in the Training Hubs established by the SWAP project. They are going to be sustainably governed by the local institutions, universities, training providers and companies in cooperation. All educational outcomes are going to be made accessible in the Hamburg Open Online University.

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