To address the Climate Emergency, we believe that a Circular Economy is a necessity, not a choice.
Material Passports offer an opportunity to gather and organise data about materials contained within a building.
Research to date has largely focused on gathering data on new products, for future reuse. However, 80% of buildings that exist today will still exist in 2050, so it is imperative that we make the most of the materials already in existence.
Our goal was to develop an opensource methodology to Material Passporting for existing buildings, that would be accessible to design teams of all sizes and capabilities. We have developed a strategy that centres around the development of a Material Database, with Material Passports acting as a user interface to filter relevant information for the reader.
View our vision for a Material Passport here
The material database is the core of the circular process, which grows as the project evolves.
For the design team, it captures information from surveys and information sources. This information can be selectively imported into the BIM model via a bidirectional link to support the design process.
For operations teams, it provides a single location to record or link maintenance information to O+Ms. Physical tags on the built components will consist of a QR code or RFID tag for active elements. When scanned, these will open the relevant record within the database.
As an industry, we must do better, and the fastest way to achieve this is by sharing our knowledge and collaborating on meaningful solutions.
Therefore we invite you to implement Material Passporting on your project, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to join our network.
In return, all we ask is that you share your experience, findings and solutions back with us, so that the research can continue to evolve.
This is an exciting time, and we look forward to collaborating with partners as we advance towards a Circular Economy.
This work has been developed as part of our collaboration with Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, who is seeking to boost circular economy practices in the built environment by trialling a second-hand market for materials in Central London.
Together with Elliott Wood, Arup and HETA, we are working to identify opportunities for learning and knowledge sharing to put material reuse into mainstream practice. The first step is this guide, one in a series addressing the key barriers to reuse and developing a second-hand materials market in construction.
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