circular building assessment

For the realisation of each construction and refurbishment project within Reburg many decisions regarding the building configuration and choice of building products and components have been made. In order to support decision-making processes in an effective way, the performance and added value of each design option for the user(s) and society has to be carefully compared before making a selection.

Many building professionals within Reburg use a circular building assessment tool to evaluate the potential consequences of using reclaimed products instead of new ones, using demountable building components instead of fixed ones, and extending the service life of buildings by supporting multiple functional changes instead of a static monofunctional design.

Such assessment studies require a life cycle approach, in which multiple sustainability aspects, such as environmental impact, financial costs, health consequences and social value of the building, are included. Typical design indicators, such as reuse potential and transformation capacity of a building, are also used to support the reversible building design process:

  • Reuse potential, expresses the likelihood that the components of the building can be disassembled and reused. The more effort needed to take apart a building or a building section – without damage – and to reuse it for another purpose, the lower the indicator will be.
  • Transformation capacity, expresses the effectiveness and efficiency of altering its functional and physical characteristics to meet changing needs and requirements. The more effort needed to adjust a building or a building section to new requirements, the lower the transformation capacity will be.

circular building assessment
Source: BAMB

To simplify the circular building assessment process, a lot of building and building product data is extracted via building information management and materials passports.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 642384. Circular Flanders