Circular Economy is the new buzz word on the European sustainability agenda. The Building and construction sector in EU use half of all new resources and generates more than a third of all waste in the EU. The building sector needs a new approach and new tools to enable the shift to a circular economy.
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The EU funded BAMB project, Buildings As Material Banks, brought 16 parties throughout Europe together for one mission – enabling a systemic shift in the building sector by creating circular solutions. BAMB – Buildings As Material Banks, is part of the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

Each brick, board, piece of wood or glass in a building has a value. These materials are often not reused after demolition or refurbishments, instead they are wasted, and a cost instead of an asset – in several ways. Sustaining the value of the materials is the key to circular material use – and ways to harvest this value is at the centre of the circular economy.

The BAMB project aimed to utilise the true value of these materials and enable a circular building industry. To do this the project developed practical applications for two pillars, the essential foundation of the project– Materials Passports and Reversible Building Design.

For questions about the BAMB-Project please contact:

Caroline Henrotay

Project Manager and Technical Coordinator, Bruxelles Environnement – Leefmilieu Brussel


Towards a circular building sector