The future is full of challenges and opportunities to build sustainable living, working, and recreational spaces. Clean Tech Delta organises three events that will explore major challenges, innovative solutions and opportunities for the future of the built environment.

Building Materials

The first session focuses on the future of materials in the built environment. You will gain insights in innovations in this field and answers to questions such as what alternative materials are currently being developed, what waste streams are we dealing with from a regional point of view, and how are organisations dealing with difficult trade-offs in circularity that must be made during the project implementation phase?

16:00 Welcome
16:10 Part I: Knowledge sharing
17:00 Part II: Challenge & Opportunity sharing
17:20 Part III: Solution provider
17:40 Q&A and closing


Part I: Knowledge sharing
The choice for our building materials has a significant impact on the environment, the climate and on the depletion of raw materials. Keynote speaker Maarten Schäffner from Witteveen+Bos will discuss the area of tension between design and materials. Key aspects of the presentation are: CO2 emissions, circularity and environmental impact.

Mark van Ommen from TNO will present the outcomes of an extensive research project that focused on questions such as: what materials, components and products provide opportunities for circular applications? How much waste is actually available and to what extend do we still need primary resources?

Wouter Moorlag from TNO will discuss bio-based materials and how they are seen as an important field of innovation in the construction sector. An engineered wood product like CLT has the potential to change the steel and concrete dominated construction world. But what are the largest opportunities and threats?

Part II: Challenge & Opportunity sharing
At the Living Lab associated with the Delft University of Technology, high potential sustainable innovations are tested in a real-life environment. Willy Spanjer from The Green Village will share some examples as well as a key opportunities for startups that are interested in testing their innovation at the Green Village.

Part III: Solution provider
The Amsterdam based company StoneCycling is developing the next generation of high-end, sustainable building materials. Their WasteBasedBricks® can be found all over the world in facades, wall cladding and flooring of high-end, sustainable architectural projects. Ward Massa from StoneCycling will give a presentation on how they organise their innovation process, how government grants can support these innovations and what important role other partners in the value chain and knowledge institutes play in their strategy.

We hope to welcome you to the Future of the Built Environment events. If you would like to attend the Building Materials session, please register here.