🔹 Minister Turmes visited 3 different Interreg project in Belval on Friday, 25th of June 2021.
One of the Interreg Minister Turmes visited was the European Digital Deconstruction programme that was launched in 2019. It brings together a consortium of 14 European partners from various backgrounds, construction and real estate, digital, circular economy, etc., who share the same ambition: to develop a set of decision support tools to develop more sustainable and economical deconstruction and reemployment strategies.
The 3 Partners from Luxembourg; LIST, BIM Y and Schroeder & Associés; presented the state of development of the Digital Tools and the in situ applications on the CFL deconstruction project for the passenger building of the rail station of Ettelbruck.
You must consider that the environmental impact of the construction sector is considerable. In Europe, 50% of the resources are extracted for the construction sector. At the same time, this same sector generates 35% of European waste. It is therefore crucial to act on the prescription of the materials employed.
On way to deal with the existing buildings is: recycling. Creating a virtuous and « infinite » loop of materials is our dream!
Beyond the environmental aspects, reuse also has a great patrimonial value. Let’s preserve the materials of buildings that carry a memory and witness a strong identity. Not so long ago, the circular economy was applied systematically and effectively in the building sector. Every stone from a crumbled castle or a wall that was no longer needed was used to build new buildings in the city. The assemblies could often be dismantled, making it easy to reuse each element. Today, it is essential to rediscover and reinvent these techniques.
To this end, the programme has chosen to rely on the assets of digital technology. Increasingly present in our daily lives, it is a significant source of value creation and pooling of knowledge and skills. In the construction/deconstruction sector, digital tools, such as the one developed by Digital Deconstruction, are intended to facilitate the reemployment of materials from the building industry.
The programme is structured around four strands:
𝗧𝘄𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗹𝗲𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴:
• Innovation hubs for reemployment to bring together the sector’s actors to discuss their practices, the obstacles to reemployment and the capacity of digital tools to meet their needs.
• The implementation of training courses to ensure that end-users become more competent and to encourage the use of these decision-making tools.
𝗧𝘄𝗼 𝘁𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀:
• The implementation of open-source tools that meet the first needs identified to carry out the stages of a selective deconstruction site: 3D scan of buildings, Reversible BIM, database of materials, data monitoring and facilitation of exchanges.
• The deployment of an interactive interface that will serve to link these tools and facilitate their use by future users.
Digital tools, when used wisely, can be of great help: diagnosing the existing, putting people in touch with each other to transform the waste of some into the resources of others, helping with reversible design, are all avenues to be deployed.
We are only at the beginning of the road, but the number of collectives, associations, entrepreneurs, industrialists, project managers, architects and engineers who are currently working on the subject, testifies to a strong determination, and all this energy and intelligence should rapidly « move the cursor », in the service of the ecological imperative.