The construction industry is widely responsible for 40% of the consumption of our natural resources. In the Netherlands this amounts to approximately 250 million tons. Additionally, the Netherlands generates over 23 million tons of construction and demolition waste (C&DW) yearly. The C&DW-generation rate and pressure on our natural resources will grow if no action is being taken.
Circular construction is a necessity.
The aforementioned is an important incentive for Knevel Architecten to critically re-evaluate our design process from concept to occupancy of the building.
Circular economy is a new concept. It is about minimising use of natural resources, waste, emission and energy leakage. In the construction industry it is related to themes such as flexibility, adaptive reuse, carbon neutral, renewable energy and modular construction. Thus, the principle of circular construction is widely applicable. We are therefore involved in extensive and in-depth research together with partners. Not only to improve our understanding of the principles, but also to develop new concepts to support the circular economy.
A good example of circular construction is the Technical coordination centre for Port of Amsterdam. The ambition of this project is to realise a sustainable and circular building with a BREEAM-excellent status.