Buildings as Material Banks (BAMB)
The EU funded BAMB (Buildings as Material Banks) project brings 15 parties throughout Europe together for one mission – enabling a systemic shift in the building sector by creating circular solutions.
BAMB is creating ways to increase the value of building materials. Dynamically and flexibly designed buildings can be incorporated into a circular economy – where materials in buildings sustain their value. That will lead to waste reduction and the use of fewer virgin resources.
The BAMB project is funded by the European Commission within Horizon 2020 – the biggest EU Research and Innovation programe ever. Horizon 2020 aims to drive development in Europe, to create a sustainable economy and growth.
Circular Supplier Community Workshops
Buildings need components that are easy to assemble, replace, transform, disassemble and reuse in new applications, therefore avoiding waste and downcycling. But is it realistic? How to avoid toxic materials and guaranty the quality of materials? Are there EU directives to push the implementation?
Materials will need to have a digital passport, an electronic data record containing information on content, quality, function, past uses and maintenance as well as guidelines for disassembly and options for recycling and reuse possibilities.
The Circular Supplier Community Workshops invite all BAMB members and the stakeholder network, materials passports holder, companies with certified building products and interested parties along the supply chain in the building sector to join our discussion about Materials Passports and Reversible Building Design.
Materials Passports Platform prototype for materials banking now live
A powerful new tool for materials banking across Europe, the Materials Passports Platform prototype, is live as of now and is accessible through http://passports.bamb2020.eu.
One Stop Shop
The new BAMB Materials Passports platform will fill a gap in the marketplace by providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ to describe Circular Economy value across the building cycle, especially for using and re-using components and materials, and reducing generation of waste.
A main aim is to support transition of the building industry from linear to circular by letting users identify value potential throughout the building cycle, from planning and construction through occupancy, repairs, renovations, repurposing and decommissioning, and by providing a continuous capacity to track component and materials quality & modifications.
The platform also connects individual products to their use in buildings. As part of that it includes a capacity to describe materials health. A large body of studies suggests that healthier buildings improve productivity and are one of the main economic benefits of knowing what’s in your building.
The Materials Passports Platform, currently a prototype forming the core of a materials passport system, is ready for testing by industry partners!
The members of the BAMB consortium invite companies that manufacture building materials and products, to use the platform to start developing Materials Passports.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your Materials Passport Platform account and get online guidance by BAMB members.
Reversible Experience Modules Expo
The Reversible Experience Modules (REMs) expo is Europe’s largest collection of products for reversible or circular buildings. It showcases products designed for circularity in combination with their entries in the BAMB Materials Passports database. The products form a real-life, interactive building area.
With a complete set-up of over 70 products on display, there is ample opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in a reversible building experience. Are you an architect, a manufacturer, designer, consumer, or just an enthusiast interested in reversible design? Come visit the REMs expo and join one of the tours, visit the presentation, or just walk around and explore the possibilities of Materials Passports and Reversible Design on your own!
For an update on the schedule of the workshops and presentations about Materials Passports or Reversible Design, check out the website www.epea.nl/rems regularly.