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Our approach to improve the circular renovation process

Our goal for DRIVE 0 is to speed up the deep and circular process by improving a customer centered circular renovation process. We’re doing this to make the approach of circular renovations better: To make it more attractive for consumers and investors, environmentally friendly and cost effective.

How to Improve the circular renovation process

We want to improve the circular renovation process in 4 main elements and steps:

  • Benchmarking
  • Concept development
  • Attractive & understandable information
  • Demonstrations & evidence
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We will start DRIVE 0 by making an inventory of recent product and technology developments. We will make an assessment on the usability and potential for a further development to circular products, reusing materials from renovation sites. And by doing a benchmarking on circularity of these products based on already available assessment tools. Then, we will make a selection of the most suitable products for further development to circular products.

Also, in the study and demonstration cases a benchmarking will take place, both on the potential for circularity as on the status quo on drivers for deep renovation. From there, the development of case specific circular renovation products will take place for façade elements, roof elements, HVAC platforms and smart connectors by the DRIVE 0 industrial partners.

Concept development

The next step in our approach to improve the circular renovation process is to come to a concept development for the demonstration cases. To support this process a morphological design approach for circular renovation will be developed. This will also be supporting the further development of a total circular renovation process. We will do an in depth study and analyses of the work that can be done. Preferably in the factory and what still has to be done on site. With this we want to achieve:

  • A further optimization of a holistic, circular renovation process
  • Speeding up the renovation time
  • Avoiding disturbance for occupants as much as possible
  • Making the renovation more cost-effective
  • Providing a higher performance, both in energy as in IEQ and environmental impact.

This holistic concept development will result in a number of tailor-made renovation packages for the demonstration cases. To produce these renovation packages in a faster and more cost-effective way, with an enhanced quality, the DRIVE 0 industrial partners will develop blueprints of new generation of automated BIM controlled production lines for circular prefab renovation products. Finally, a generic catalogue with circular concepts and EU circular renovation atlas will be devised.

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Attractive and understandable information

In order to improve the circular renovation process to be both more attractive and more reliable to consumer/end-users (meant also as potential investors) an important objective in Drive 0 is to provide attractive and understandable information of the total performances of their renovated homes. This includes the monitoring of energy, comfort and IEQ and translating the data into understandable information including guidance and tips. DRIVE 0 will implement recent methodologies, developed in several H2020 projects for monitoring, data processing as well as supporting methodologies to display and present this information to end-users by user centered information services

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Demonstrations and evidence

Steps 1 to 3  will be demonstrated and validated in a number of demonstration cases. Each case represents an approach to come to a circular way of renovation as well as a specific local challenge. A case-specific Monitoring Action Plan will be devised which will be the basis for the testing of the circular renovation concepts. 

Finally, also the business models will be validated, e.g., for the process of decision making, and as a basis for the comparison of effectiveness and impact of exploiting local drivers. In general, these demonstrators will be used for benchmarking and to adjust and fine-tune the methodologies, tools and the supporting information services. This feedback takes place in the third year of the project. The demonstration cases will also provide evidence to the end-users, stakeholders and the involved European “umbrella and interest organisations”.