REBUS - Reuse of Building materials - a USer perspective

Despite a rapidly increasing body of research dealing with barriers and opportunities of the circular economy transition in various industries, there is still limited detailed insights to many of the critical transition aspects in current literature. Previous scientific work dealing with reuse of building materials in a Norwegian context is scarce. Furthermore, current knowledge on Norwegian conditions is primarily industry reports written for practitioners based upon anecdotal experiences.

 

Even if there exists distinctive regulations, practices and documentation methods for (new) building products, similar assessment systems for reused construction products do not exist, neither in the regulations nor as voluntary systems.  Most of existing policies and regulations are either complex, lack integration or fragmented over the different policy levels. In addition, due to specific national conditions, results of international studies have a need for contextualising to be relevant for the Norwegian building industry. There is thus a need to develop an improved and research-based understanding of aspects particularly relevant for Norway.

 

The main objective of REBUS is to develop knowledge that will enable wider and more efficient implementation of reusable building materials for a transition to a circular built environment. 

Approaches and methods

  • Analyse user awarness, knowledge, needs, social practice to find solutions and create a knowledge platform
  • Identify best methods for assessing both technoical performance and content of hazardous substances in construction products or components that are considered for reuse
  • Identify how existing evaluation and labelling methods can be developed for communicating reusable materials in a life-cycle perspective
  • Co-produce implementation of practical knowledge of assessed methods and solutions through pilot projects
  • Develop network strategies and recommendations for incitements through procurement and regulations

Expected output

  • Contribute with new knowledge of several aspects of reuse of building materials including legal procedures and quality assurance schemes of multiple technical, environmental, economic and social performance and how these aspects are related
  • By cooperating with the industry, the project aims to find practical solutions and develop more relevant methods for faster implementation of reuse of building materials
  • Pilots testing will build in-depth knowledge of how to deal with implementation issues such as suitability of test and evaluation methods, policies and requirements, and markets for reused products
  • Research on network strategies are another new aspects to ensure high level of engagement among users and stakeholders in co-production of common knowledge

Project participants

Christofer Skaar

Senior Research Scientist
Name
Christofer Skaar
Title
Senior Research Scientist
Phone
414 49 522
Department
Architecture, Materials and Structures
Office
Trondheim
Company
SINTEF AS

Åshild Lappegard Hauge

Førsteamanuensis, INN
952 30 172
Name
Åshild Lappegard Hauge
Title
Førsteamanuensis, INN
Organization
Handelshøgskolen Innlandet (INN)

Helene Moen

Fagansvarlig klima og miljø, Boligbygg Oslo KF
Name
Helene Moen
Title
Fagansvarlig klima og miljø, Boligbygg Oslo KF
Organization
Boligbygg Oslo KF

Stein Stoknes

Programleder / Faglig leder, FutureBuilt
99 27 49 89
Name
Stein Stoknes
Title
Programleder / Faglig leder, FutureBuilt
Organization
FutureBuilt

Olav Westgaard Sunde

Partner and advisor at Resirqel | Sustainable real estate
93206858
Name
Olav Westgaard Sunde
Title
Partner and advisor at Resirqel | Sustainable real estate
Organization
Resirqel AS

Harpa Birgisdottir

Senior Researcher, SBi
+4551904845
Name
Harpa Birgisdottir
Title
Senior Researcher, SBi
Organization
Danish building research institute at Aalborg University in Copenhagen (SBi)

Sebastian Welling

Teamlead Life Cycle Management , iVL
+46 10 - 788 6559
Name
Sebastian Welling
Title
Teamlead Life Cycle Management , iVL
Organization
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

Project facts

 

REBUS is a research project financed by the research Council of Norway through MILJØFORSK programme. The project started in January 2020 and will continue until December 2024. The project is interdisciplinary collaboration between architects, engineers and environmental psychologists from SINTEF AS and Inland Norway University of Applied Science together with Boligbygg Oslo KF, FutureBuilt, and Resirqel AS. International research collaboration and comparisons of the reuse market in other Scandinavian countries is secured through cooperation with the Danish Building Research Institute at Aalborg University in Copenhagen (SBi) and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.