Living Labs

To create synergies between the FISSAC H2020 and the TRIS Interreg Europe projects, Geonardo Ltd. and the Herman Ottó Institute Nonprofit Ltd. jointly launched a forum series to improve achieving the efficiency of resource efficiency in the domestic construction industry. The first symposium was held on 13 April 2018 in the frame of the CONSTRUMA International Exhibition and Fair that is the largest annual event for the sector in Hungary. (meer…)

To understand the challenges and opportunities for industrial symbiosis you need to understand your value chain and where value for your sector is created. But just knowing your value chain may not be enough. Following the TIS structure of analysing your Technological Innovation System (TIS) you will be able to identify drivers and barriers for change. You will look at your actors and your value chain, but also at different networks, institutions and how a lack of knowledge and underdeveloped technology may be what is preventing change and hindering the development of industrial symbiosis.

In this new FISSAC report you will find an accessible introduction to the field of TIS and you can find a case study, explaining how the TIS methodology can be used in conjunction with a material journey, following a material from production to destruction and reuse.

We hope that this report and case study will help you in conducting your own analysis and developing your field of industrial symbiosis.

Op 18 december vond in Mechelen het tweede Living Lab over Urban Mining plaats. Opnieuw bogen ervaringsdeskundige uit de bouw en sloopsector, ambtenaren en onderzoekers zich over de prioritaire onderzoeksvragen. Er werd ingezoomd op praktische aspecten van sloop en verwerking bij kleine werven, uitdagingen voor het economische model, het belang aan samenwerking in de keten en de wijze waarop beleid en regelgeving urban mining naar een volgende niveau kunnen tillen.

Een aantal vragen worden voor verder onderzoek voorgelegd aan een expertenteam, andere worden getest, gevolgd en geanalyseerd op bestaande werven of vormen het onderwerp voor een volgend Living Lab.

The purpose of this first multidisciplinary workshop will be to discuss together how companies in the construction and demolition sector can optimize their resources through the means of industrial symbiosis.

This is a participatory working session: attendees will have the opportunity to put their views on the table, and discuss together with other actors about new business models that promote the transformation of the construction sector towards more circularity.

  • Date: Tuesday 23 January 2018
  • Time: from 9:00 to 11:30 am
  • Location: Instituto de Tecnología de la Construcción de Cataluña – ITeC
    Wellington 19, Barcelona
    Public transport: Metro L1 (Marina station), Tranvía T4 (Marina station)
  • Programme: download here (in Spanish)

Confirmation is required: to confirm your attendance or if you have any questions about the event, do not hesitate to contact the Símbiosy team via email ( or by calling 932 21 86 87.

We look forward to your presence!

The OVAM will host a third meeting of the Belgian Living Lab in Mechelen on 18 December 2017. It will follow-up on the previous event on urban mining. More details will be pulished after the event.