Green Transformable Building Lab (GTBL)
A transformable steel framed building module with exchangeable components
Green Transformable Building Lab developed, test and demonstrate reversible building design e.g. building Products and elements in an operational environment.
In order to provide independence and exchangeability of building elements, the pilot focused on the reversibility of interfaces between different building components, the standardisation
of connections and dimensions of exchangeable components.
GTB Lab investigates the development of entirely new circular products by completely switching from the traditional construction approach. The Lab was designed as an open
platform. By introducing plugins in building components, the structure was and will be able to change form and function. It can adjust its configuration to the required performance
without substantial loss of value of materials while providing optimal comfort, healthy climate, and local energy production.
The joint participation of the construction industry in the development of the GTB LAB enabled the investigation of new business and operational models that makes a circular
The module was built in Barendrecht, Netherlands. Since its construction in December 2018, the flexible and evolving structure was transformed once. In the future, the construction is intended to be scaled up, receive a specific functionality, and eventually be transformed several times. Today, the footprint of the metal as a material for Construction is assessed based on the end of life recycling scenario. The biggest achievement of the GTB Lab is to demonstrate the necessity to change these assumptions. Not only should the reuse scenario be taken into consideration, but the impact of upgradable standardized modular systems and exchangeable components should be integrated and enhanced in the calculation. Their implementation is likely to drastically reduce the material footprint and waste creation.
REPLICABILITY AND SCALABILITY
The standardisation, universal connections between different elements, and the correlation between the lifespan of materials are solutions that can be integrated in the construction
industry of tomorrow.