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Maximizing Reuse Potential

Professor Vincent Gruis is head of the chair of Housing Management at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. In this video, he discusses teh benefits and the challenges of maximizing the reuse potential of building components.

Main Takeaways

  • Tools like material passports and digital (or physical) marketplaces are currently in place to facilitate reuse; however, they are not mature enough and sometimes end up overcomplicating the process.
  • Innovative co-operations between demolition contractors and architects at the moment a building is ready to be disassembled might lead to closing material loops more efficiently.
  • Educators need to enable students to practice designing with reused materials.


Vincent Gruis
Vincent Gruis

Prof. Dr. Ir. Vincent Gruis is full professor of Housing Management at Delft University of Technology and chair of the Dutch Transition Team for a Circular Construction Economy ( Vincent conducts research and education on organizational strategies in housing and is engaged in the question of how property managers and developers can adapt their stock and activities to societal challenges. He focusses in particular on how principles of the circular economy can be implemented in the management and (re)development of housing and the built environment. 

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Circularity for Educators

The platform is intended to provide with content on either circularity or pedagogy for and about circularity. It is one of the outcomes of the Circular Impulse Initiative (CII), a project intending to enhance the integration of circularity in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment education. The platform mainly aims to help tutors get better acquainted with circularity in the built environment by providing a series of resources on this subject that they can either view to get better informed or directly share with their students in class or online. A large number of the Faculty's professors and researchers have contributed substantially both in creating a coherent narrative for circularity in the built environment as well as further elaborating on different aspects of it. Besides this one, a new platform for interaction and direct exchange was also established in parallel that we call ‘Educators for Circularity‘. This one offers the opportunity for all of us to meet and share our experiences and learn from one another.

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