Pilot Project Blog

Weekly posts from the ongoing pilot projects (description of pilots)

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Seamless adaptation of the REMs

REMs

All the more impressive for a display of products that embody reversible design. Watford, the third location of the REMs, challenged the design, but it seamlessly adapted to its new surroundings.

17/10/2018

Solar glass panel innovation shared

GTBL

The Green Transformable Building Lab found a solution for collecting energy from the solar glass panel. This junction box module will also be used in another H2020 project: Integration of energy harvesting at building and district level (EEB-07-2017).

17/10/2018

Transformed pop-up event space

CRL

Together with the students in Architectural Engineering at VUB we opened the academic year and our pop-up event space in the CRL testlab. The transformed space was the ideal location for a reception and exhibition with student work.

17/10/2018

Disassembly of facade panel tested

GDC

How easy is it to assemble and disassemble the reversible facade A++ panel? It worked well on this individual wooden box containing insulation once the connection with the finishing panel had been optimized.

17/10/2018

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 glass façade system can be upgraded

GTBL

The way the reversible glass façade has been designed enables later upgrading of its energy performance. It is also possible to switch from energy production with super solar PV strips to a triple isolation glass facade developed for the GTBL by Pilkington.

17/10/2018

Reversibility options of facade system

GDC

Overview of and assembly steps of reversible A++ façade system. The system permits four reuse and transformation options of the façade system.

17/10/2018

Squeezed REMs’ setup in Watford

REMs

We literally had to squeeze into our space at Watford, UK. A testament to the importance of good measuring. A very neat fit for our Reversible Experience Modules (REMs).

16/10/2018

Stripping the building structure creates new spatial opportunities

CRL

This is the messy part. Demolition works have started to uncover the modular concrete structure of the old student houses, which are in bad shape. With circular building, these images will hopefully soon belong to the past.

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

Preparing Green Design Center in Mostar

GDC

Sarajevo Green Design Foundation has contracted “Konstrukcija” to produce the steel structure of the first 2+2 prefab units forming the first setup and transformation of the Green Design Center in Mostar.

11/10/2018

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

International students testing reversible solutions

CRL

During a workshop, to transform the CRL test lab into a dissemination space for circular building design, international architectural students were invited to dismantle, reuse and reassemble reversible solutions into new spatial configurations and functions.

10/10/2018

Hands-on Reversible Experience Modules

REMs

Video of visitors exploring the many modules at ‘Ecobuild’ in London for a hands-on feel of reversible building.

09/10/2018

GTB Lab modular system is prepared

GTBL

Final Preparations for the production of the reversible GTB Lab modular system have started in collaboration with 4D architects, ODC, Pilkington, New Makers and Rodeca.

09/10/2018

Transforming the test lab into an inspiring event space

CRL

In preparation of the circular renovation works of the CRL modules, experiments have been taking place during the last year in a test lab, identical to the future space. Today, this lab is being transformed into a circular event space to demonstrate the developed reversible wall solutions.

09/10/2018

Full REMs setup in London

REMs

This is the design for the REMs at Ecobuild in London. The tile layout had to be adapted to fit the requirements of the Ecobuild trade fair, and it was our first full setup.

08/10/2018

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

CRL: the way it used to be...

CRL

The Circular Retrofit Lab is a circular renovation project of a series of modules of the iconic student houses by architect Willy Van Der Meeren on the campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Enjoy this view, because we start deconstruction very soon!

01/10/2018

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

REMs first displayed in Brussels

REMs

For the very first time, the Reversible Experience Modules (REMs) were displayed at Brussels Environment. The hall and a small part of the office space were built at this location. On its walls, visitors could view many of its 70 reversible construction products.

01/10/2018

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.

01/10/2018

Start of great team work!

CRL

The CRL pilot project is the result of hard and long work of a team of architects, engineers and researchers of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel!

01/10/2018

Discovering Material Passport platform through the REMs

REMs

Using their phones, Brussels visitors could now find information for each displayed product by scanning the product QR codes. This was the first time the public got try out the online Materials Passport platform. All the products in the REMs were available.

01/10/2018