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The BAMB Project :
Buildings As Material Banks

The EU funded BAMB project,                                                           © Elma Durmisevic
            Buildings As Material Banks,
            brings 16 partners from 8
            European countries together
for 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

Whether an industry goes circular          down the usage of resources to a rate      The BAMB consortium consists
or not depends on the value of the         that meets the capacity of the planet.     of: Brussels Environment (IBGE-
materials within it – worthless materials                                             BIM) - Environmental Protection
are waste, while valuable materials        The project is developing and              Encouragement Agency (EPEA)
are recycled. Increased value equals       integrating tools that will enable the     - Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) -
less waste, and that is what BAMB is       shift: Materials Passports and Reversible  Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch
creating – ways to increase the values of  Building Design – supported by new         Onderzoek (VITO) - Building Research
building materials.                        business models, policy propositions       Establishment (BRE) - Zuyd Hogeschool
                                           and management and decision-making         - IBM Netherlands - Sunda Hus i
BAMB will enable a systemic shift where    models. During the course of the           Linköping AB - Ronneby Municipality -
dynamically and flexibly designed           project these new approaches will be       Technische Universiteit München (TUM)
buildings can be incorporated into         demonstrated and refined with input         - Universiteit Twente - Universidade
a circular economy. Through design         from 6 pilots.                             do Minho - Sarajevo Green Design
and circular value chains, materials                                                  Foundation - Drees & Sommer - BAM
in buildings sustain their value – in a    The BAMB project started in September      Construct UK - Aurubis Bulgaria. ●
sector producing less waste and using      2015 and will progress for 3 years as an
less virgin resources. Instead of being    innovation action within the EU funded
to-be waste, buildings will function as    Horizon 2020 program.
banks of valuable materials – slowing

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