Living Labs

On 11th December 2018 the Second Italian Living Lab took place, organized by RINA in collaboration with ATECAP, the Italian Technical Economic Association for Ready-Mixed Concrete.
In line with the first Living Lab organized last year with the AIB (Industrial Association of Brescia), the second Living Lab has represented a moment of confrontation between the various stakeholders involved in various ways in the recovery of material. The main aim of the Living Lab was to highlight the critical issues and opportunities related to the circular economy, which is now considered indispensable for companies. Different representatives from the cement and concrete industry, recycled aggregate producers and stakeholders involved in the selection of construction products containing recycled materials, such as designers and construction companies, were involved in the event.

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Circular business models are solid enough only if there is market demand behind, and we all know that users create the demand. Thus, conscious, informed consumers can drive the transition to alternative and circular business models. Some questions arise from this statement:

How would the way we build change if users decided on the design and use of the buildings and public spaces they inhabit?

  • How would the professional relationships among the different actors within the construction value chain be transformed if consumers demanded renewable, healthy materials, bioclimatic buildings, modular constructions designed for deconstruction…?

The second FISSAC Living Lab Barcelona, co-organized by SIMBIOSY together with the Societat Orgànica (a professional cooperative that works in the field of sustainable building) on the 30th of October 2018, , served as a visualization spot of successful experiences and as a space for an exchange of views and ideas.

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Here you can read the report regarding the 2nd Living Lab organized on September 20, 2018, in Circular hub in Prague (Czech Republic):

 

Here you can read the summaries of the Swedish Living Labs 1-4:

  1. Summary of LL_1_ ENG
  2. Summary of LL2_2017-02-01_ENG
  3. Summary of LL3-2017-05-02_ENG
  4. Summary of LL4-2017-06-13_ENG

On the 23-24th of October, a conference about industrial symbiosis is going to take place in Gothenburg along with the price giving for the Win Win Gothenburg Sustainability Award. The topic for this year’s price ceremony is “Collaboration in production”. The winner of the price in 2018 is Kalundborg Symbiosis from Denmark.

 

Fissac is going to be part of the program on the 23rd of October when the focus will mainly be on the building sector and circular material flows. Hifab AB is going to present FISSAC during the seminar, participate in the fair and will lead a workshop about working methods to increase circular material flows on the demolition site.

 

The conference is free of charge and is open for all who are interested, however, signing up is mandatory.

More information about the conference can be found here: http://winwingothenburgaward.com

 

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