A project that started in 2015, consisting of 15 partners of 7 countries in Europe, are working on creating an economic cycle that eliminates waste produced in the building industry by improving the material usage value. This project is funded by the European commission which is in line with the Horizon 2020 program, that aims to create a more sustainable economy and growth.Use of spaceWith nature being greatly affected by waste of building materials, the building sector needs to be more aware of their presence when being in decline to improve its life cycle on their part of the economy.
This can potentially reduce its environmental impact and resource depletion. For an industry to be in the circulation mainly depends on its value of the materials within. Waste comes when it’s considered worthless and the valuable ones are recycled. An improved value equivalents to less waste. Hence, what BAMB is practically all about. On the other hand, BAMB will provide a systemic shift incorporating buildings designed adaptively and flexible making its materials sustain their value in its economic chain.
As the materials on buildings being regarded as potential waste, they act as banks of valuable materials hence, slows down the usage of earth resources.ToolsOne of the two main methods have been developed are called Material Passports and Reversible Building Design that are supported by new business models, policy propositions and management and decision-making models that is to be demonstrated and refined from six pilot projects.Material passportsOne of the ways to recover materials effectively, is to provide the right information for public access as it will be vital for their selections in their next usage. The electronic Materials Passports developed in BAMB is to be a one stop for material information being a set of data that describes the characteristics of materials in products which maintains their value for recovery and reuse.
With the template given, it will be support materials choices in Reversible Building Design projects.Reversible Building DesignFor a more effective usage of the inventory, the buildings should be easily be reversible to adapt to the flexibilities of the material selections. A design procedure for dynamic and circular building will be developed in enabling various actors in the construction value chain to incorporate the techniques on the refurbishing activities. A method that can be dismantled being more familiarized and practical, or where parts are easily detachable and combined easily without damaging the building or the materials. Besides that, the resources will be efficient managed and maintained, being ready for its role in the space and systems.SocietyThis invites the parties involved to be more aware of their role in the contributions towards the circular economy. For instance, the Materials Passports create the incentives for suppliers to produce healthy, sustainable and circular material and building products that indirectly expands the business jobs opportunity in a more systematic way.
Moreover, this will also ease the developer, managers and renovators to choose healthy, sustainable and circular building materials.