Clean Tech Delta organises three events that will explore major challenges, innovative solutions and opportunities for the future of the built environment.

Building Materials

This 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.

Agenda (16:00 – 18:00)

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.  Maarten Schäffner from Witteveen+Bos will discuss the various aspects of the circular economy and their interdependencies, on project level. Key aspects of the presentation are: CO2 emissions, circularity and environmental impact.

Mark van Ommen from TNO will present outcomes and implications of an extensive research project that focused on the opportunities for waste material to be included in circular applications. What materials are actually available and applicable, and to what extend do we still need primary resources? He will zoom in on South Holland.

Wouter Moorlag from TNO will discuss bio-based materials and their role in the decarbonisation process of 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

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 what has made StoneCycling successful so far, and what are the most important barriers that they still face (and how to overcome them).

An analysis of Woonstads operations has highlighted the potential of circular applications for six types of materials. Caroline Kroes from Woonstad will present their current challenges, forthcoming this analysis and the six materials.

On the premises of 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 living lab.

A summary of the event can be found here.