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DDC Mid-Term Event Paris

The Mid Term Event gave an overview of the progress made and challenges to come regarding the Digital Deconstruction project and more widely how to scale up the reuse of materials in building sector. As lead development partner, Elma Durmisevic gave inspirational insights in Reuse Scenarios, Reversible BIM and the Building Reuse Potential for all stakeholders in the circular economy of construction: e.g. real estate owners, demolition companies, cost/benefits analysists, policy makers, inventory experts, architects, sales experts, etc.

The issue that we are trying to solve here is how to boost the circular economy and how to speed it up. What we see in today's economy is a huge gap between supply and demand of materials and that's where we have to jump in. We have to be much faster in understanding what the capacity of buildings and materials is, so that they can come very fast to the drawing tables of architects or anyone who is going to use them. That is exactly the gap that digital tools and this platform can close.

Elma Durmisevic @DDC Mid-Term Event, 7 April 2022.

After a successful and inspiring 'mid-term event' of the Interreg NWE project 'Digital Deconstruction' in Paris, the collaborating project partners and stakeholders from the construction and demolition industry went home with an important assignment. Apply the developed technological DDC-modules to the five pilots in respectively, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and France. The further roll-out of the Regional Innovation Hubs (RIHs) is also at the top of the list.

The mid-term event in Paris was kicked off by an inspiring speaker, Michaël Ghyoot from the Belgian company RotorDC, Deconstruction & Consulting. Michaël gave a unique insight into the dismantling, conditioning and sale of materials from buildings undergoing transformation or demolition. RotorDC also helps building owners, contractors and architects integrate these elements into their projects. After that the project partners presented the developments of the individual DDC-modules, which will eventually be merged into one digital software platform. The integrated DDC-platform will take final shape at the end of 2022 to identify materials in buildings for reuse and to enable circular construction. This is first preceded by a test period of the technological DDC-modules and their integration on pilot sites. The testing of these different digital technology modules, such as 3D scanning, Building Information Modeling (BIM), digital materials and building database and blockchain technology is being done at five pilot sites, of which the Thermenmuseum in Heerlen (NL) is one.

In addition to focusing on the test phase of the DDC-modules, in the coming months the project will also zoom in on the further roll-out of the Regional Innovation Hubs (RIHs). In each participating country, the RIHs bring together industry leaders and other parties interested in digital tools for reuse and high-value recycling.

"Let's move towards a circular economy for the construction industry", with those words Sebastien Delpont, Associate Director of GreenFlex, concluded the DDC Mid-term Event. This day was a great opportunity for the project partners to physically meet and interact, which was/is important for the teamspirit after being limited to online meetings for almost two years during the pandemic.


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