AMS Circular Components in the Built Environment

Circularity within the inner loop

In the Circular Components in the Built Environment project the proofs of principle for a Circular Kitchen and a Circular Plug-and-play Central Heating Boiler are developed and tested for feasibility in one year, in an iterative co-creation process with partners from the industry.

Creating a circular economy (CE) in the built environment is one of today’s big societal challenges. Looking at the current discourse on CE in the built environment, the emphasis is still very much on how to deal with waste, so the outer loop of ‘recycling’. A main principle of CE is, however, to make optimal use of the inner loops such as ‘maintain’, ‘reuse’ and ‘remanufacture’, and in this way prevent waste.

Maintenance and renovation of buildings is a way to make use of the inner circles of the CE. But maintenance and renovation themselves can be performed according to principles of the CE as well. Buildings consist of many components such as installations, kitchens, bathrooms, window-stills etc. which can be replaced by circular components during maintenance and renovation, leading to a bottom-up implementation of a circular economy in the built environment.

Research goal
The goal of this research is to develop the proof of principle for two such circular components: a Circular Kitchen and a Circular Plug-and-play Central Heating Boiler. These proofs of principle will be primarily targeted at housing associations. They are a logical primary target group, being owning 30% of the Dutch housing stock and having substantial interest in implementing principles of the circular economy. Key in the development of the principles is a systemic and integral approach where the technical model (design), the industrial model (supply chain), the financial model and the economic model are developed parallel to each other whilst considering short-, and long-term scenarios.

The principles will be developed and tested for feasibility in one year, in an iterative co-creation process with TU Delft, AMS Institute, and partners from the industry.

Partners
In case of the Circular Kitchen we will work in close cooperation with the Amsterdam housing association Eigen Haard, kitchen supplier Bribus Keukens, contractor Dirkzwager Groep and AkzoNobel.
The principle for the Plug-and-Play Boiler will be developed in close cooperation with Feenstra, Remeha and housing association Waterweg Wonen.

Project lead
Prof.dr.ir. Vincent Gruis
Professor of Housing Management
TU Delft | Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Department of Management in the Built Environment
V.H.Gruis@tudelft.nl

Project team
dr.ing. Gerard van Bortel
Assistant Professor Housing Management
TU Delft | Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Department of Management in the Built Environment
G.A.vanBortel@tudelft.nl

ir. Anne van Stijn (contact person)
Researcher Housing Management
TU Delft | Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Department of Management in the Built Environment
A.vanStijn@tudelft.nl