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'Level Up Circular Building'

Looking back at the incredible and vibrant programme of the Digital Deconstruction showcase event 'Level Up Circular Building' with fantastic speakers, it is clear that the Digital Deconstruction Consortium has managed to push the boundaries of digitising construction and demonstrate the added value of digital tools within a complex framework of circular buildings.


The Digital Deconstruction Platform has managed to bring together digital tools that demonstrate how to trace building materials using 3D scanning and the fantastic work of Jean-Yves Marié BIM-Y, how to deconstruct buildings without losing valuable building materials and assess their reuse potential using the automated process of Reversible BIM based on the work of Elma Durmisevic. How to transform these results into a Circular Building Profile, Circular Product Profile and Circularity Index defined by Durmisevic, GTB Lab. and how to create a material list with corresponding materials passports connected to a sales platform using BlockChain thanks to the great work of Simon Duindam and Erol Oztan, BlockMaterials.


The day started with an inspiring lecture by Jan Jongert, who reminded us that design with reusable materials is absolutely feasible and finds its application in the work of Superuse Studios, presented in the Dutch pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale.


The afternoon programme included a presentation of the digital deconstruction platform, developed by LIST, by Annie Guerriero and Calin Boje. External views came from Gilli Hobbs, Reusefully, on the policy and potential knowledge behind the DDC platform, which can help shape EU policy and standards on circular buildings, and from Jan Boström, iBinder - Sundahus, on work towards an open source standardised material passport format launched in Scandinavia this year.


The visit to GTB Lab was a tour through a physical and digital twin at the same time, presenting in real time design with reused materials and design for disassembly and reuse. In addition, the GTB Lab demonstrated how information on deconstruction and reuse strategies can be captured for each individual element in a BIM-based Reversible BIM tool, which is easily accessible through a QR code and 3D viewer.


The day ended with the presentation of case applications and a promising industry view by Ron Jacobs of Jansen AG on the potential of the Digital Deconstruction Platform and the application of digital tools such as Reversible BIM by Durmisevic to support the circularity of facade systems developed by Jansen.


Special thanks to Harald Van Hooren and Provincie Limburg for coordinating this important project and to Peter Bertholet Stadsregio Parkstad Limburg and Casper Gelderblom, Heerlen alderman, for supporting the DDC project and recognising the potential that the project results will have in accelerating the transition to circularity in construction in the south of the Netherlands and in particular in Region of Parkstad and City of Heerlen.


Conference programm

@Brightlands Smart Service Campus Heerlen


10:00 - 10:15 Forum - Welcome

Astrid Boeijen (CEO Brightlands Smart Services Campus NL)


10:15 - 10:50 Forum - DDC Project

DDC Project Background, Harald van Hooren (lead partner DDC Province of Limburg NL) - download slides DDC platform and Modules integration framework, Elma Durmisevic (GTB Lab) - download slides Innovation hubs and feedback, Jeroen Vrijders (BuildWise BE) - download slides


10:50 - 11:30 Forum - Keynote

Jan Jongert (architect at Superuse Studios NL)


11:30 - 12:00 Modules showcase and GTB lab

Lunch, module presentations and GTB Lab visit by bus


14:00 - 14:30 DDC Pilots showcasing modules

Pilot Ettelbruck Station Luxembourg, Guillaume Dubois (Schroeder & Associés LU) - download slides Pilot Gard de Nord Paris, Olivier James (AREP FR) / Pilot Roman Museum Heerlen, Elma Durmisevic (GTB Lab) - download slides Pilot Hof ter Laken, Tine Van den Broeck (Kempens Landschap BE) - download slides


14:30 - 14:40 Forum - Cost benefits analysis

Lessons from DDC pilots on costs and environmental impact - Louise Fontaine (Greenflex FR) - download slides


14:40 - 15:10 Forum - External view

Producers view, Ron Jacobs (Jansen AG Global) - download slides Open Source Material Platform, Jan Boström (iBinder - Sundahus SE) Policy, Gilli Hobbs (Reusefully UK)


15:10 - 15:40 Forum - Q&A Plenary discussion

Panel: Ron Jacobs, Jan Boström, Jean-Yves Marie, Elma Durmisevic, Gilli Hobbs, Simon Duindam


15:40 - 16:00 Forum - Platform and market

DDC Navigator - Online portal with ressources, tools, and tutorials from the Digital Deconstruction project, Maël (Greenflex FR) - download slides Technology adoption - Is the market ready for DDC?, Jeroen Vrijders (Buidwise BE) - download slides DDC Platform Life presentation, Annie Guerriero / Calin Boje (LIST LU) - download slides


16:00 Final Remarks


16:15 Time to meet and talk



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