BRIC Pilot Blog

Weekly posts from the ongoing pilot project ‘Build Reversible In Conception’ (B.R.I.C. description)

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Disassembling the roof

BRIC

The sheets of galvanized steel covering the roof were purchased through a re-use site for building materials. They have been perforated to be able to screw them on the roof counter battens of BRIC1.

28/11/2018

Removing solar panels

BRIC

The photovoltaic panels had been screwed on the roof on aluminum rails. They have now been removed by the company EVOCELLS and electricians. Divided and stored for now, they will be reinstalled in April 2019.

22/11/2018

Removal of clay plaster

BRIC

3 layers of clay plaster had been installed on a reed mat screwed on the wall. To remove them the painters broke the plaster with a small hammer, then unscrewed the reed mats.
Underneath the wall boxes are revealed as good as new!

22/11/2018

Video presenting the BRIC project

BRIC

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Caroline Morizur – project promoter at efp – explains how the building is being assembled, disassembled and transformed. She highlights the various bio-sourced materials used which are screwed together or interlocked without any glue.

13/11/2018

Disassembling the cedar cladding

BRIC

We dismantled the cedar lattice of BRIC 1. It will later be reinstalled into the next version of BRIC to prevent the southern facade from overheating in the summer.

06/10/2018

Removing the insulation

BRIC

Cellulose wadding had been blown into the wall boxes to insulate BRIC 1. It is now being vacuumed out – over several days – to be reconditioned and reused in the next version of BRIC.

06/10/2018

BRIC 2 model inside the BRIC 1 building

BRIC

The model of the future BRIC 2 is displayed in the current BRIC 1 version of the building. Can you imagine that in few months this new version will replace the building right here? The model was built by the architects of BRIC 2: Karbon Architecture.

24/10/2018

Integrating materials in the new BRIC 2 project

BRIC

The Rockpanels used for BRIC 1 were initially made from recovered mineral wool insulation. Now they are being removed without generating any waste. Cut into small pieces, they will form future circular siding facades.

24/10/2018

Integrating materials in the new BRIC 2 project

BRIC

Not only the materials from BRIC 1 will be integrated in the project. Karbon team has searched every corner of the EFP training centre! Eureka! A piece of a greenhouse will be used. Can you find it on this drawing by Karbon Architecture?

16/10/2018

The new model of BRIC 2

BRIC

The new wooden model of BRIC 2 is ready! Like the reversible building itself, the model can be dismantled without effort nor waste. It’s as easy as a Kapla game! We are glad to share with you the model made by Karbon Architecture.

16/10/2018

Inventory of materials used in BRIC

BRIC

The database of the materials used for BRIC 1 is ready. It contains precious information for BRIC2. The team of architects will maximise the usage of every product, every system and every connexion.

10/10/2018

Disassembling and learning from BRIC 1

BRIC

The first version of BRIC 1, is disassembled this month. Meanwhile several teams are working hard to assess the data obtained: Brussels Environment (TOTEM), VITO (to develop circular LCA) and BRE (Circular Building Assessment – CBA).

08/10/2018

Training starting on new BRIC version

BRIC

Karbon architecture agency joined the EFP training team. Starting this October, they are guiding a new cohorte of apprentices ! Plans of BRIC 2 building will follow.

03/10/2018

First BRIC version completed this summer

BRIC

On 15 June 2018, the first version of the BRIC was inaugurated. The fully reversible building will be transformed twice during the next 2 years by construction trainees.

02/10/2018