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Circular Retrofit Lab

The Circular Retrofit Lab is one of the 6 international case studies of the HORIZON2020 project ‘Buildings As Material Banks (BAMB).

The BAMB project explores a transition towards circular building economy by

-       designing buildings that can adapt to changing requirements, and

-       developing building solutions with material passports that support future reuse and upcycling.

In the context of this project the VUB will build the Circular Retrofit Lab as a demonstrator lab on its campus (Brussels), in which new and existing building solutions will be integrated that are demountable, adaptable and reusable, in comparison with Meccano kits.

A cluster of student housing units will be transformed to a demonstrator lab using dynamic solutions for internal partitioning, technical services, furniture and building facade.

In order to build this demonstrator VUB and IBGE are working together with pioneers in the building sector, like product developers, entrepreneurs and enterprises that support this circular demonstrator lab.

This support consists of integrating existing (dynamic) solutions in the lab, joint development of new building solutions, funding through material donations or material leasing, etc.

This demonstrator will show how an existing structure can get more potential for the future in order to be easily transformed into different function (e.g. a dissemination space, a co-working space, an eco-guesthouse in the middle of the campus). The Circular Retrofit Lab will demonstrate how this change can be anticipated by supporting other functions every 6 months on the 1 floor level. On the ground level a dissemination space will be situated in which the results of the BAMB project will be showed to a large audience, sustainable lectures can be given, the technical solutions developed with the industrial stakeholders can be observed, etc.

If you are interested in joining the consortium, do not hesitate to contact us!

anne.paduart@vub.be