Preliminary themes

Preliminary R&D&I themes based on interviews

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Five Research, development & innovation themes

1.

Assessing the feasibility and economics of low-carbon solutions in holistic way

  • A fair way to evaluate carbon footprint and fingerprint in bidding competitions (evaluation of tenders)​

  • Develop principles for evaluating LCA and LCC of renovation projects​

  • Carbon footprints and LCC of different level renovations (database)

2.

Use of space and adaptability / flexibility
of buildings

  • Scoping and tooling up: disseminate best practices, accelerate training and practices, create tools to evaluate impact
     

  • Test and prove test projects by showing possibilities for extending lifecycle

  • "Enable & incentivize": Enable through Architectural and urban design and management guides. Encourage incentives for public good.

3.

Material impact on sustainability and well-being

  • Increase life-time, sustainability and adaptability of building materials

  • Performance increase in alternative, low carbon building materials​

  • Health-promoting zero-emission building materials

  • Active air cleaning solutions for removing of contaminants

  • Non-hazardous fire protection solutions that do not prevent recyclability of materials

  • Developing (small sized) prototyping practices and tes-ting environments for new materials and structural solutions

4.

Enhancing circularity of building materials and components

  • Co-create local re-using and recycling hubs, avoiding logistic costs and utilizing local inherencies​

  • Design of new buildings according to circular economy​

  • Standardization of modularity, connections & joints and building systems; to be created to different types of prefabricated products

  • Development of life-cycle design and life-cycle management: increase the lifespan of building products by means of digital tools and material banks to enhance life-cycle factor in construction.​

5.

Flexible construction systems – modularity, prefabrication and hybrid solutions 

  • Development of prefabricated hybrid material solutions and manufacturing techniques (i.e. geo-polymers, clay, hemp, bio-composites, wood etc. that could be mixed together with concrete)​
     

  • Standardization of modularity, connections & joints and building systems; to be created to different types of prefabricated products

  • Development of life-cycle design and life-cycle management: increase the lifespan of building products by means of digital tools and material banks to enhance life-cycle factor in construction.​