BB challenges students 'MSc Energy for smart cities' with an 'Innovation challenge'

In recent years, the building sector has taken various measures that contribute to a sustainable environment. For example, by insulating the building envelope and introducing renewable energy, the ecological footprint of the building is considerably reduced during its lifetime.

Circular thinking goes one step further and notes that a lot of energy still creeps into the materials that make up the building.

Many cities have an enormous stock of older buildings, the circular economy regards them as a library of millions of building components and materials.

BB therefore formulated the following challenge for the Master's students of MSc Energy for smart cities:
 
How do you create a business model for the circular economy taking into account the built heritage of a European city? 

How can we recover materials? 
How can we map the material stock and reuse materials when a building is demolished? 
How can we keep the transport of materials on the scale of the city? 


New buildings

With new construction projects we need to think more about the different materials being used, designing demountable building components and the use of bio-based materials.

The ultimate goal is to design buildings whose materials will be reused in yet another building in a few decades time or can be replaced at the end of their lifespan.

Deadline challenge : July 2019

See also BB goes circular.