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First major circular renovation project in Europe

In the context of this project the VUB built the Circular Retrofit Lab as a demonstrator lab on its campus (Brussels), in which new and existing building solutions will be integrated that are demountable, adaptable and reusable, in comparison with Meccano kits.

A cluster of student housing units will be transformed to a demonstrator lab using dynamic solutions for internal partitioning, technical services, furniture and building facade.


The Circular Retrofit Lab is one of a handful pilot projects in the larger Buildings as Material Banks, or BAMB project as part of which 15 organisations in seven countries are investigating circular building methods and business models with funds from the EU’s Horizon 2020 initiative.

Led by professor Niels De Temmerman, the team behind the Circular Retrofit Lab comprises two postdoctoral researchers from the VUB Architectural Engineering department, two architects who worked on the project part-time, as well as an expert in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning.

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