Register: Open until DEC/03/2018, Submit: DEC/09/2018, Eligibility: Students of architecture and engineering (civil, structural…) from all EU universities; individually, teams up to 3 members, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 1,200 EUR, 2nd Prize 500 EUR, 3rd Prize 300 EUR, 3 Honorable Mentions
The main goal of the competition is to twist the visions of young professionals-to-be towards the circular economy concepts in the building sector, its new opportunities and applications. The BAMB – Building As Material Banks – project has been working on developing and integrating tools including reversible design and materials passports in order to enable a systemic shift in the building sector, where dynamically and flexibly designed buildings can be incorporated into a circular economy. Through design and circular value chains, materials, products and components used in renovations and new buildings can sustain their value over time. Instead of being to-be waste, buildings will function as banks of valuable materials – slowing down the usage of resources to a rate that meets the capacity of the planet. Different strategies for design of reversible buildings whose structures could be reversed to the set of components / elements to adjust to changing functional requirements of buildings or create new building structures utilizing its components and materials.
Using BAMB’s materials passports’ platform and BAMB´s reversible design guidelines and protocol, the competition invites students to release their ideas and innovative plans to design a reversible building that has flexibility and transformation capacity to change its function by time according to the changeable needs in order to embrace three temporary functions: commercial, residential and services.
This design competition aims to boost material circularity on one hand and support short-term and long-term use changes on the other hand. Also, the material health aspect is important to be addressed in order to minimize the use of hazardous chemical components in the materials that make up the products (e.g. heavy metals, pigments, halogen compounds etc.). The proposed final design should result in the use of easy exchangeable/dynamic parts of products and building components subject to easy customization and upgrading. The challenge lays in careful design that allows smooth transition from one functional scenario to another minimizing construction and deconstruction waste, expressing the reversibility represented in its capacity to transform in function, size and shape.
In the Project BAMB – Buildings As Material Banks 15 partners from 7 European countries are working together with one mission – enabling a systemic shift in the building sector by creating circular solutions.
Today, building materials end up as waste when no longer needed, with effects like destroying ecosystems, increasing environmental costs, and creating risks of resource scarcity. To create a sustainable future, the building sector needs to move towards a circular economy.
Whether an industry goes circular or not depends on the value of the materials within it – worthless materials are waste, while valuable materials are recycled. Increased value equals less waste, and that is what BAMB is creating – ways to increase the values of building materials.
BAMB will enable a systemic shift where dynamically and flexibly designed buildings can be incorporated into a circular economy. Through design and circular value chains, materials in buildings sustain their value – in a sector producing less waste and using less virgin resources. Instead of being to-be waste, buildings will function as banks of valuable materials – slowing down the usage of resources to a rate that meets the capacity of the planet.
The project is developing and integrating tools that will enable the shift: Materials Passports and Reversible Building Design – supported by new business models, policy propositions and management and decision-making models. During the course of the project these new approaches will be demonstrated and refined with input from 6 pilots.
The BAMB project started in September 2015 and will progress for 3 and a half years as an innovation action within the EU funded Horizon 2020 program.