Driving circular renovation together

6th newsletter, September 2022

Welcome to the sixth newsletter of the H2020 Drive 0 project!

Looking back to year 2019 when we were preparing the Drive 0 project, none ever imagined that 3 years later we would be dealing with the current market challenges: major delays in delivery times of components & materials, significant increase in materials and energy costs, issues in logistics etc. However, we are now entering autumn period of year 2022 and we are already experiencing the ripple effects of COVID-19 and the Ukraine crisis – also leaving the impact on our circular demonstration projects in EU countries.

The circular construction economy means building, using and reusing buildings and infrastructure without unnecessarily depleting natural resources. Clean energy transition requires decoupling of economic growth from material demand where we should not forget that number 1 stakeholder, our biggest ally we should engage with in any project is nature.
Especially now, Drive consortium is extra motivated to continue with circular actions. Within the Drive 0 consortium we started facing market-related obstacles to encourage the development of the circular economy in construction and successfully transform our construction practices. We see the times of geopolitical instabilities and pandemic related supply chain uncertainties are bringing radical opportunity for circular transformations.

To know more about Drive 0, read our latest news below.

Updates from the Drive 0 Greek demonstration building

The renovation of the Drive 0 Greek demonstration buildings has been officially completed. It concerns a residential, detached house of 109.0 m2, located in the Attica region constructed in 1989. The unit has an energy label D. The solutions used were mainly focused in the building’s envelope insulation. More specifically, the installation of an integrated thermal insulation system (10 cm KNAUF stone wool FKD-S Thermal) for the external walls and the installation of an integrated thermal insulation system (KNAUF Supafil unbonded, virgin glass blowing insulation) on the roof. The materials used have many advantages, as described below.  

External insulation - Rock Mineral Wool Knauf FKD-S 10 cm  
a) Thermal insulation, b) compressive strength, c) fire safety, d) noise insulation, e) ease of installation, f) indoor air quality, g) recycled material.  

Roof insulation – SUPAFIL Knauf 045  
a) Suitable for multiple applications, b) energy saving potential of up to 25%, c) full fill of voids also for complex applications, d) thermal comfort for winter and summer, e) high acoustic performance, f) long life, g) recycled content for this product was calculated up to 80 %.

With these measures implemented we achieved energy reduction, deep energy upgrade and better in-house conditions (thermal comfort, air quality).  

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Drive 0 upcoming events

Drive 0 Tour & Regional and National workshop on Circular renovation in Attica, Greece (September 29)

The Drive 0 team is organising a full-day in-person field trip, which will bring together approximately 10 Greek members of various important EU umbrella associations (Architects’ Council of Europe, International Union of Property Owners, Housing Europe) and other construction stakeholders to discuss the state and future of the Greek circular renovation market.

The event will take place in Athens (and its surroundings) on 29 September from 9:00-17:00 EET, and is part of the EUSEW (EU Sustainable Energy Week) as a Sustainable Energy Day activity.
The day programme features two site visits to the demonstration projects sites of the H2020 ProGETonE and Drive 0 project whilst also visiting a construction and demolition waste recycle company. The event is sold out, but you can follow the project on social media to know the outcomes of the day. 

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Save the date: Drive 0 meets the Catalan Owners on Board at the next UIPI Renovation Tour (Barcelona, November 24)

As promised, and given the positive feedback from previous editions, the UIPI Renovation Tour is back! This time focusing on supporting Catalan Owners to be On Board the Renovation Wave and being held in Barcelona, Spain, on 24 November 2022. UIPI in partnership with the Confederation of Urban Property Chambers and Urban Property Owners Associations (CCPU) and the European Council of Architects (ACE) is committed to help property owners to understand how climate goals and related EU policies affect them and the national and regional policies. 

This 5th edition of the UIPI Renovation Tour will include an explanatory political session followed by public debate, and then a series of practical sessions around financial, technical and assistance tools that are being developed locally and through EU funded research and innovation, meant to support property owners in their needed deep renovations, namely where results developed under EU funded projects will be presented to the audience.

Drive 0 is one of these projects and the programme will feature not only a presentation of the project’s outcomes, but also a training to help owners and in Catalunya integrate circular solutions in their retrofits.

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Drive 0 recent events and outcomes

‘A taste of circularity’ - Interview with sister project HOUSEFUL

Drive 0 coordinator Ana Tisov – Huygen was interviewed by the team of sister project HOUSEFUL. ‘We do not look at renovations only from an operational perspective with energy efficiency improvements, but also from an embodied energy perspective. We start by redeveloping proven deep renovation products and concepts based on locally available materials. And we focus on easy to install plug & play prefab solutions for building envelope elements and building services.’ stated Tisov. You can find the full interview on our website.

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Drive 0 at Sustainable Places 2022

Drive 0 took part in Sustainable Places 2022, a series of conferences, panel discussions and workshops, or as they defined themselves ‘Europe’s #1 destination for EU research collaboration and market opportunities’

The hybrid event was dedicated to ‘Off-Site Plug-and-Play Prefabricated Opaque and Transparent Multi-Functional Envelope Systems: Lessons and Visions‘, where Drive 0 shared the floor together with other 6 H2020 EU-funded projects.

Have you missed it? To watch the recording, click on the image above.

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Drive 0 workshop at the International Social Housing Festival in Helsinki

In recent years, Drive 0 partner Housing Europe has actively begun promoting the use of circular principles. In this regard, HE work on DRIVE 0 and sister project HOUSEFUL has helped to expand their knowledge on this topic, which in turn helps us to inform their membership. As part of the International Social Housing Festival in Helsinki, Housing Europe team organised a workshop that explored how social housing providers can plan and successfully execute circular building renovations in a resource and cost-efficient way.

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Circular initiatives from the EU

Measuring the Application of Circular Approaches in the Construction Industry Ecosystem

Waste generation is a major issue in the construction sector, and it is unquestionable that the building industry urgently needs to address its end-of-life material management. The amount of waste created is expected to rise by 70% by 2050 compared to current levels, yet it is challenging to assess how the building ecosystem is addressing this issue.

In order to fully understand the benefits of a circular economy a good understanding of the application of different circular economy approaches by different stakeholders across the value chain is needed. Therefore, the European Commission announced a new study on construction waste which will be delivered by Deloitte with the aim to examine the reasons and challenges for different actors in the construction industry ecosystem considering and applying circular techniques.

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Building renovation: Where circular economy and climate meet

The European Environmental Agency has been focusing lately on circular building renovation. The embedded carbon of buildings is currently receiving greater attention, despite the fact that in recent years the focus has been on energy efficiency of buildings to minimise both their energy consumption and associated carbon emissions.

The implementation of circular economy principles in buildings has the potential to contribute to the reduction of buildings’ whole life-cycle carbon emissions. However, as 85–95% of the current European building stock will still be functioning in 2050, opportunities to achieve these goals will primarily come from remodelling existing structures. From the aspect of the circular economy, material reuse should take priority over recycling (to keep materials as high in the value chain as possible).

The EEA has compiled a list of Circular Renovation Actions that can be immediately implemented in current European structures, have a high potential to improve the circularity of buildings, and simultaneously reduce GHG emissions.

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Added-value of energy efficiency skilled professionals

Wonder if and to which extend property owners are satisfied about energy efficiency renovation? The INSTRUCT team is looking for input and would like to invite you to give your opinion on the energy renovation of your home. Would you like to fill the 3-minutes survey to make a contribution to the research?

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The Drive 0 Consortium

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 841850.
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