The overall objective/purpose of the project is to strengthen R&D capacities in sustainable construction within the national context of “Smart Specialisation Stategy” and the Third Industrial Revolution by developing components and design models for resource and energy efficient buildings based on the construction materials concrete, steel and timber. It will be achieved via the sub-objectives such as development of:
• a new flexible architectural design;
• new innovative structural element made of concrete, timber and steel;
• an innovative concept for the exploitation of buildings as a materials and components bank (e.g. building maintenance based on object-oriented data storage(RFID)); as well as
• predictive analysis of aging of materials and e) analysis of the life cycle performances.
The project pave the path to turn buildings into materials and components banks and will allow producers of structural elements to come to a different business model that would consist in loaning materials or components to customers and take them back after use in a particular building, in order to resell them directly, recondition or recycle them.
To facilitate this, the project will investigate the feasibility of labelling structural elements during production with electronically readable items that contain information about material properties as well as design, repair and disassembly requirements. Thereby, the project aims to pave the way for a future CE material or component passport comparable to the already existing energy passport.
The project will bring together researchers from different civil engineering fields and architecture at UL as well as from universities abroad in cooperation with industrial and consulting partners.