Building Circularity Passport

Building Circularity Passport® © EPEA GmbH

Today, energy efficiency, CO2 savings and the use of renewable energies are practically standard criteria for the construction of new buildings. With regard to the overall challenge faced by the construction and real estate sector, these measures are however far from enough. In the long term, we will not be confronted with a lack of energy, but with a lack of raw material! As the biggest consumer of raw materials worldwide and producer of enormous quantities of waste, the construction industry is responsible like almost no other industry sector. Fast and efficient solutions for climate and resource problems must be realised for the construction of new buildings. 

Circular Economy - Buildings as Material Banks © EPEA GmbH

Building on today’s sustainability standards, which already far exceed the existing legislation, we have a solution for the resource problem with the Cradle to Cradle® concept. According to this, buildings can be created like trees and cities like forests. For a positive footprint for people, society and the environment.

What CO2 footprint do materials have? Which types of structures can be separated again? Which products are healthy and beneficial for humans and the environment? What raw material values does a building have throughout its lifecycle?

A new discipline within the scope of the integrated planning of buildings has been created with “circular engineering”; this enables answers for all questions concerning the recyclability and materials used in buildings. Circular engineering not only provides knowledge in the areas of planning and construction processes but also a high level of expertise in health and environmental compatibility of materials and available industrial products.

Cradle to Cradle © EPEA GmbH

In this context, the “Building Circularity Passport®” serves as a planning and documentation tool, for enabling the recyclability of a building in collaboration with architects, all planning disciplines as well as the construction firms. For completed construction projects, the Building Circularity Passport® additionally provides detailed information on which of the used materials can be easily separated, as well as on the chemical composition of the products used in the building. It is also possible to determine the monetary value of the structures used in the buildings. This information on the building provides you with considerable added value for financing, through aspects of risk assessment, value determination as well as the operation of the building.

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EPEA GmbH – Part of Drees & Sommer