Driving circular renovation together

2nd newsletter, September 2020

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

The team is very excited to tell you all about the project and the progress we're making. We would like to start by introducing you to our pilot building in Barcelona.


Barcelona, Spain
Image by 3282700 from Pixabay
In our Spanish pilot, the Institut del Paisatge Urbà of Barcelona has been promoting the renovation of medianeras through architectural projects of integration. Medianeras are blind walls that separate two different buildings and are opaque because there is traditionally a possibility that the neighbouring building will be built higher, so there is no prevision that the wall will stay visible.

These walls strongly impact the urban environment. Currently in Barcelona, Spain, most of the medianera walls represent the unfinished aspect, either showing the original building construction, residuary wall finishing after building demolition or provisional finishing, represented by the cheapest and simplest materials like polyurethane insulation or simple rendering and paint.
The medianera walls give the opportunity for urban art paintings or application of green walls. Learn more about Verdtical Jardines Verticales, sustainable construction company and Drive 0 green wall provider.
Vertical gardens by our green wall provider Verdtical Jardines Verticales

Drive 0 first results

Benchmarking on circularity and its potentials on the demonstration sites of Drive 0
Our first research papers are now online!

➊ Benchmarking on circularity and its potentials on the demo sites (video presentation above) gives an insight about the embodied aspects of the Drive 0 demonstration buildings as they are now. Throughout the project, their environmental impact will change due to material increase, decrease and change.

➋ Circularity indicator for residential buildings: Addressing the gap between embodied impacts and design aspects is a research work which links Design for Disassembly criteria with embodied energy analyses for the circularity assessment of buildings.

Make Europe a leader in circular economy!
Ms President we are ready!

Press release
On September 16, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen presented in her State of the Union speech her vision for a Europe that is committed to pursue and strengthen the Green Deal objectives. 

In conformity with Drive 0’s underlying principles, one of the goals is to “kickstart a European renovation wave to make the Union a leader in the circular economy”. Our project innovative and holistic approach to building circularity is key to ensure a fair and inclusive transition towards a decarbonised economy and a more sustainable society.



"Circularity starts with a completely new way of thinking (Re-think), designing (Re-design)"

Coordinators Ana Tisov and Peter op ‘t Veld were interviewed by TVVL - a knowledge platform in installation technology - about Drive 0 for TVVL’s magazine ‘Future and trends 2020’. 

A fully circular built environment requires a completely different approach than the current construction process. 


Recent events 

Circularity at the core of public, cooperative & social housing

Today, different frameworks, assessment tools, certification schemes, indicators, are being used by housing providers and building partners in order to measure, monitor and manage a more efficient use of scarce resources. Housing providers are also looking for synergies to increase circularity levels in combination with affordability, durability, safety, health and comfort in the residential environment.

Our partner Housing Europe received a number of experts to this webinar on ‘Indicators for Circular Economy’ on April 23rd that took part within the framework the H2020 HOUSEFUL project, which aims to provide innovative circular solutions and services for the housing sector.

Circular Economy was recently approved in Housing Europe's general assembly as one of the key priorities in their three year strategy 2020-2023 for energy and construction. 

Whether you missed the date or you wish to re-visit the webinar, the recording is publicly accessible here.

In February 2020 Dario Cottafava presented at the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) “Circular Economy assessment in the Built Environment: supply chain and socio-technical system”. Watch the video presentation 
12th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics (NSB 2020)
In September 2020, the Drive 0 team presented two articles during the symposium:

➊ Driving decarbonisation of the EU building stock by enhancing a consumer centred and locally based circular renovation process.

➋ Development of prefabricated insulation elements for buildings with aerated autoclaved concrete walls.

Upcoming events

Photo by Roman Koval from Pexels

Solutions for renovation: Join a virtual tour at Factory Zero

29 September 2020 10.30 to 12.00 PM

Factory Zero in Tiel, Netherlands, was built as an answer to the lack of pre-fabricated, integrated components for the renovation of existing buildings. Today it can provide 100 integrated energy and climate modules per month. Assuming approximately 100 million buildings in Europe that are up for renovation, we need about 100 times this capacity per day.

We invite you to visit Factory Zero with us virtually and to discuss, what is already going well and which obstacles still exist, that limit us from doing more than 10 000 renovations per day in Europe – a challenge that would bring employment and prosperity to the continent.

Register now

Learn more on building circularity ...

Circular renovation in Tallin.
The Nearly Zero Energy (nZE) Research group of our Estonian partner, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), recently produced this short documentary about the energy renovation with prefabricated elements. Don't miss this one!
From sustainability to circularity
An article by Institute for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana on the grounding circularity principles of Drive 0  More
Circularity indicator for residential buildings: Addressing the gap between embodied impacts and design aspects
In this research, two indicators - the Building Circularity Indicator (BCI) and the novel Predictive BCI (PBCI) - combine the Material Circularity Indicator with Embodied Energy (EE), Embodied CO2 (EC) analyses and Design for Disassembly (DfD) criteria.

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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