Circularity in value chains for building materials

Authors Evert-Jan Velzing, Julia Planko, Annemiek van der Meijden, Kitty Vreeswijk, Ruben Vrijhoef
Publication date 24 October 2019
Research groups Building Future Cities
Type Other


The urgency for developing a circular economy is growing, and more and more companies and organisations are concerned with the importance of adapting their business to fit a changing economy. However, many analyses on the circular economy are still rather abstract and there is a lack of understanding about what circularity would mean for specific industries. This insufficient insight especially seems to be apparent in the building and construction sector. Besides, the building and construction sector is responsible for a major part of energy use and emissions. To tackle the issue of insufficient insight into the business consequences of circular developments, further research is necessary. Therefore, we propose to collaborate on a research project that aims to provide a more detailed level of analysis. The goal is to identify drivers and barriers to make better use of materials in the building and construction sector. This further research would benefit from an international collaboration between universities of applied sciences and industry from different European countries. An additional benefit of the applied orientation would be the relevance for professional education programmes. The article is published in the proceedings of the conference : Publisher Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València, 2019 / Ref.: 6523_01_01_01 Creative Commons Atribution-NonCommercial-NonDetivates-4.0 Int.

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Language English
ISBN/ISSN URN:ISBN:978-84-9048-789-1
Key words Circulaire economie
Page range 93-97

Evert-Jan Velzing

Building Future Cities