Assessment and Evaluation Tools for Circularity

Measuring circularity: The New Normal

In this video, Professor Hans Wamelink discusses the importance of developing evaluation frameworks for circularity, identifying the right indicators, and what should be the right values for these indicators.

Main Takeaways

  • Objective measurement equips designers with the ability to evaluate the impacts of diverse circular strategies; it offers a means to monitor market trends over time; and it helps assess the progress towards policy objectives.
  • For measuring circularity, several indicators are needed across the three domains of: [a] material resources; [b] the environment; and [c] existing value.
  • The analysis of numerous projects for ‘The New Normal’ project helped benchmark achievable values for these indicators based on the type of object to be built.


Hans Wamelink
Hans Wamelink

Prof. Dr. Ir. Hans Wamelink studied at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG), obtaining his doctorate in 1993 with research into production control in the construction industry. He then spent more than a decade as a researcher and assistant professor at the Faculty of Technology Management in Eindhoven. In 2006, he returned to TU Delft to become Professor of Construction Management & Entrepreneurship. Alongside his research, Wamelink has plenty of practical construction experience. He founded Infocus, a construction management and consultancy business, and spent twenty years as the director. After that, he was a senior consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV. Recently Hans initiated BK-Launch, the platform for innovation and encouragement of entrepreneurship at the faculty of Architecture 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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