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Skellet as element

Modular steel construction system

Skellet as element


Detail of a Skellet joint

A skellet construction

1. Round tubes are structural the most efficient, but hard to connect.
2. Square profiles with second best structural properties are better, but the downside is that the thickening of the connectors gets in the way.
3. The cross-box Skellet profile combines the strenght of the square tube with space for all kinds of connecting pieces.

3rd reassembly of a Skellet system in GTB Lab Module


Skellet can be dismantled down to the smallest component. Both the profiles and the connectors can then be reused in any project. The reusability also means that the profiles and connectors retain a higher residual value.


Skellet is a construction system that can be used in a variety of applications. The system consists of two steel profiles and a range of connectors. The Skellet profile is a cross-box steel profile with recessed surfaces in which holes are punched every 25 mm. These holes create a grid that ensures a stable construction. Each connector is designed with the same holes and can therefore always be connected to the grid, which makes building with Skellet very accessible to any (do-it-yourself) builder. This hole pattern ensures dimensional consistency and flexibility, a key requirement for circular design.

The Skellet construction system consists only of bolted and riveted joints. These can be loosened without damaging the profile or the connectors. These profiles can then be perfectly reused in another project.



Industry consortium


Kompellaan 11, Genk, Belgium

Construction year


Gross floor area

Gross building volume

Hazardous materials


Circularity data

Reversible BIM: the 3D color-coded model visualizes the reuse potential per element.
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Circularity Profile:


Reuse building structure:

High quality materials reuse:

Materials recycling:

Embodied mass:

Embodied carbon:

22,68 kg

35,15 kg CO2

No. of elements:

No. of relations:

No. of disassembly steps:

No. of standardized relations:




Avoided waste:

Avoided carbon:

15,87 kg

24,61 ton CO2

Circularity profile

Ratio of reuse strategies followed.


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Breakdown of materials


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Material per recovery option

Ratio of potential reuse strategies based on Reuse Potential.


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Avoided waste per function, and per recovery option


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gtb lab phase 1 - carbon avoided waste.jpg

Overview of materials per recovery option


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Skellet as element

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