Reuse in the construction sector as innovative business model
|IVL SVENSKA MILJÖINSTITUTET AB - IVL Göteborg
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 500 000
|May 2015 - January 2016
|Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation
Purpose and goal
The main aim of the project was to create new values in existing resources, and together with actors involved in construction, demolition and renovation processes increase the reuse of interior building materials that meet demands on economy, quality and esthetics as well as environmental benefits. Project partners IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Vasakronan, Kompanjonen and Folksam have together with a broad reference group developed a concept for large-scale reuse of six product types in the process of refurbishment and demolition of retail, office and service.
Results and expected effects
A concept for large-scale reuse in the process of demolition and renovation of indoor areas for retail, office and service has been developed. The concept is based on the reuse of six product categories such as glass and acoustic panels, doors, fittings, lighting, grids and plumbings. Through stakeholder involvement, early reuse inventory and standardized procedures in the demolition process, secure flows of the priority product types can be guaranteed. The project results are part of the efforts to achieve national and European targets for waste.
Approach and implementation
Incentives for reuse has been evaluated together with the actors in the value chain, as well as six priority products suitable for reuse on an industrial scale. Instructions for reuse of the priority product types have been developed. Through stakeholder involvement, with tools like reuse inventory and procedures for the delivery of products for demolition, can the value of existing resources increase for the property owner. Also, the reuse supplier will gain marketing opportunities at an earlier stage.