Circular Construction In Regenerative Cities (CIRCuIT)

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Circular Construction In Regenerative Cities (CIRCuIT)
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Project Abstract

According to the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, ‘the construction and demolition of buildings account for around one-third of global material consumption and waste’. We are extracting and dumping resources at an unsustainable rate, and with global construction output projected to grow 85% by 2030, there is an urgent need for the construction sector to transition from a linear into a circular economy. Though various techniques have been trialled and piloted, myriad barriers such as legislation, lack of knowledge and scepticism prevent new approaches from being widely adopted.

CIRCuIT - Circular Construction in Regenerative Cities - is a collaborative project involving 29 ambitious partners across the entire built environment chain in Copenhagen, Hamburg, Helsinki Region and Greater London. Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, the project will support the creation of regenerative cities by implementing sustainable and circular construction practices.

CIRCuIT aims to bridge the gap between theory, practice and policy by delivering a series of demonstrations, case studies, events and other dissemination activities that showcase how circular construction approaches can be scaled and replicated across Europe to enable cities to build more sustainably and transition to a circular economy on a wider scale.


The overall objective of CIRCuIT is to implement circular economy in the value chain of the built environment and to enable cities to initiate circular transitions.

Throughout Copenhagen, Hamburg, Helsinki Region and Greater London innovative solutions will be implemented through 36 pilot projects. The solutions will include:
Urban mining and reverse cycles (Dismantling buildings to re-use and recycling of materials)

Extending building life through transformation and refurbishment

Designing for disassembly and flexible construction

Developing urban planning instruments to support cities in implementing circular construction solutions

Implementing Circularity Hub which will include a data platform to evaluate the progress of circular economy and regenerative capacity

Setting up a knowledge sharing structure in the form of the CIRCuIT Academy, to promote upscaling of solutions

Expected impacts

Increase the regenerative capacity within the four cities

Reduce yearly consumption of virgin materials by 20% in new built environments

Show cost savings of 15%