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New circular business models within the construction sector - reuse of building materials on an industrial scale

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Coordinator IVL SVENSKA MILJÖINSTITUTET AB - IVL Svenska MIijöinstitutet Stockholm
Funding from Vinnova SEK 5 604 000
Project duration May 2017 - September 2019
Status Completed
Venture Challenge-driven innovation - Phase 2 Collaboration

Purpose and goal

The focus of the project has been to develop solutions that make it possible to reuse building products on an industrial scale. The aim is to create more resource-efficient management of construction products by extending the life span of high-quality products through re-use, with solutions that support re-use within and between organizations. During this project phase, the development has been limited to interior building products that are often used in office premises, but the solutions are general and can be applied to a wide range of construction products.

Expected results and effects

Project results: 1) Establishment of The Center for Circular Construction, an arena for knowledge dissemination, collaboration and more accessible market related to re-use 2) New working methods, forms of collaboration and support tools that facilitate efficient reuse, for example through early inventory that makes reusable products digitally searchable 3) Evaluated case studies, where building projects with used products has led to both reduced amounts of waste, costs and climate impact - to comparable results in terms of design and function as if only new products had been used.

Planned approach and implementation

A reason for successes in the development has been that the project constellation included engaged project partners with expertise from large parts of the value chain in construction projects. Together with the project partners has concepts and working methods been developed. Solutions have been tested and verified in the project´s case studies with rebuilding and dismantling in actual construction projects. Digital support tools that support new ways of working have been developed and tested by project partners, but also by a larger group of test users associated with the project.

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Last updated 8 January 2019

Reference number 2017-01251

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