Circular Trust Building

Project: Research

Project Details


The transition to a circular, resource efficient construction sector is crucial to achieve climate neutrality in 2050. Construction stillaccounts for 50% of all extracted materials, is responsible for 3% of EU’s waste and for at least 12% of Green House Gas emissions.However, this transition is lagging, the impact of circular building materials is still limited.
To accelerate the positive impact of circulair building materials Circular Trust Building has analyzed partners’ circular initiatives andidentified 4 related critical success factors for circularity, re-use of waste, and lower emissions:
1. Level of integration
2. Organized trust
3. Shared learning
4. Common goals
Scaling these success factors requires new solutions, skills empowering stakeholders, and joint strategies and action plans. Circular TrustBuilding will do so using the innovative sociotechnical transition theory:
Back casting: integrating stakeholders on common goals and analyzing together what’s needed, what’s available and who cancontribute what. The result is a joint strategy and xx regional action plans.
Agile development of missing solutions such a Circular Building Trust Framework, Regional Circular Deals, connecting digitalplatforms matching supply and demand
Increasing institutional capacity in (de-)construction, renovation, development and regulation: trained professionals move thetransition forward.
Circular Trust Building will demonstrate these in xx pilots with local stakeholders. Each pilot will at least realize a 25% reduction of thematerial footprint of construction and renovation

Short titleCircular Trust Building
Effective start/end date1/11/2331/10/26

Collaborative partners

  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  • Provincie Drenthe (lead)
  • Actium - Woningcorporatie
  • NICE Noordelijk Innovatielab Circulaire Economie
  • Gemeente Groningen
  • Stad Mechelen
  • Vives University College
  • Stad Roeselare
  • Vejle Kommune / Municipality of Vejle
  • GodaHus - Energy efficient and sustainable buildings in the southeast
  • Linnéuniversitetet / Linnaeus University
  • The National School for Architecture and Landscaping Lille / École nationale Supérieure d'Archictecture et de Paysage de Lille (ENSAPL)
  • Habiter2030
  • CD2E Accelerator of the Ecological Transition
  • Stadt Bremerhaven / City Bremerhaven