During the last few weeks, we have introduced our team members through the “Behind Reincarnate” interview series. Today, we have asked Vincent Gruis, Hilde Remøy and Brian van Laar from the Technical University of Delft to tell us about their work in Reincarnate. Their faculty’s international reputation as a platform for innovation of knowledge and expertise in the built environment and extensive experience in researching projects are essential to achieve Reincarnate’s objectives. Take a look at what they have told us:

The Technical University of Delft (TUD) is a modern university with a rich tradition based in the Netherlands. It has eight faculties, among them the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, established in 1904, which has a leading role in architecture education and research. At Reincarnate, their research profile, passion and creativity are required to achieve a greener construction sector.

From the Reincarnate CP-IM (WP1) to the project coordination (WP7), TUD is working and contributing to developing the technical and social means to give new opportunities to buildings, construction products and materials. Regarding the CP-IM creation, TUD performs ontologies, information models and inspection tasks, establishing the knowledge required to apply the Reincarnate circular economy concepts developed in WP2 and WP4 to buildings.

Regarding the solutions for waste reduction and lifetime extension (WP2), TUD is leading the task of Building upgrade renovation. This task aims to understand how we can upgrade to the changing requirements concerning occupant comfort and operational needs across real estate. In the end, this will allow for Circular Decision Making for Real Estate Assets about possibilities to reuse real estate space for different purposes.

TUD has one of the largest architecture faculties in Europe and is a leading design academy. The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment plays a crucial role in ‘design-oriented research. Therefore, at Reincarnate, they are leading the task of Adaptative building reuse found on WP3, suggesting architectural concepts and incorporating principles of a circular economy. Moreover, they are contributing to the architectural design methods accounting for the availability of reusable building components and recyclables of WP3. This specific task will develop solutions for BIM-informed de-installation planning and parametric design methods for enabling architects and designers to integrate dismantled construction products into the design of new and to be refurbished buildings.

For TUD Society is their continuous incentive for research. They research to find solutions for society’s present and future demands. Because of this, they are involved in WP4 about Social Economic and Market Innovations and leading the task on Circular economic appraisal solutions. TUD’s CE-LCC method for assessing the financial-economic performance of building components with multiple life cycles is key to fostering the widespread adoption of construction waste reduction concepts.

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment conducts a lot of state-of-the-art scientific research in the field of the built environment. At Reincarnate, they are part of the Project Coordination WP7 and the Technical Board (TB), managing all technical and scientific aspects, including overseeing all tasks and deliverables. Throughout the project, TUB participates in technical discussions, ensuring that the conceptual framework for Reincarnate is developed with a clear focus on the end user.

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