Inspiration session Building Holland on 29 October
Building Holland (the former BouwRai) went, like so many events this year, ‘digital’. Themes on the program were energy transition, circularity and smart buildings. Of course Circular Biobased Delta and its eco-system could not be missed in such a program. On Thursday 29 October we got the floor. At 14.10 hours Willem Sederel stood as keynote on the main stage. Subject of his introduction was ‘Building Biobased to achieve climate targets. Circular Biobased Delta facilitates cooperation between the business community, governments and knowledge and educational institutions of Noord-Brabant, Zeeland and Zuid-Holland. Achieving the climate targets and seizing the opportunities offered by the circular biobased economy will require major steps and broad cross-sector collaboration. The circular bio-based Delta is the pivot in the ecosystem that accelerates movement in the Delta region towards Greening, Renewing and Earning.
Subsequently, the breakout started under the leadership of Willem Böttger, lecturer in Biobased Building at the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy (CoEBBE) of Avans University of Applied Sciences and HZ University of Applied Sciences.
Lucas de Man, director of Company New Heroes and Biobased Creations presented ‘The Exploded View’. This is a model of a ‘disassembled’ house built using circular methods and biobased materials. This unique project shows the existing and future possibilities of sustainable building and living and had its premiere during Dutch Design Week 2020.
This was followed by a lively dialogue with the panel, in which the public also participated via the chat. This panel consisted of Carla Vosmaer – Advisor on Sustainable Infa at the Province of Noord-Brabant, Joop Groen – manager of the biobased asphalt program CHAPLIN of Circular Biobased Delta, Fred v.d. Burgh – director Agrodome, Mark Lepelaar – director NPSP and Esther Stapper – director Stapper Sustainable Advice and project manager at the Natural Fiber Application Center. Conclusions drawn from the dialogue:
– There are already many innovations suitable for large-scale application. It’s just a matter of doing.
– If demand increases, production will follow automatically. There is sufficient material available.
– The government and other contracting parties have a role to play in this by setting CO2 savings through the use of biobased building materials as a condition for tenders.
– Small companies and large institutions must make use of each other’s strengths: speed and agility versus strength to invest.
The panel with Lucas de Man ended optimistic about the application of biobased materials in construction: more than we think is already possible: get to work!