On 1 March 2018, ACCIONA Construction held a summit with representatives from the China Academy of Building Research and the National Centre for International Research of Low-carbon & Green Buildings. This event was the perfect opportunity to get to know each other’s potential and look for possible collaboration. The China Academy of Building Research (CABR) is the largest and most diverse research institution in building industry in China. (more…)

The FISSAC consortium met up in Stockholm on 4-5 October 2017 for the project’s fifth General Assembly. The meeting was hosted by the RISE Swedish Cement and Concrete Research Institute (CBI). The bi-annual general assemblies give partners a chance to go over recent progress made in the project, as well as plan future steps. (more…)

During the past summer months the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM) kicked off the living lab on industrial symbiosis in Belgium.

Building on its experience to facilitate the cooperation and the symbiosis between industrial partners and with the research and knowledge centres, the OVAM organised different gatherings. These intended to discover the potential for a software tool matching the supply and demand for (secondary) raw materials from waste streams. The OVAM also wanted to reflect with its partners on the challenges facing the building sector while making the transition from a linear to a circular economy.

  • On 22 and 29 June 2017, stakeholders from several industrial sectors, waste traders, and research institutions met to discuss the pros and cons of an online symbiosis platform.
  • On 25 August, key stakeholders of the construction and demolition sector met with government officials and researchers. This time the aim was to get to grips with key questions and challenges of urban mining for the building and demolition sector.

We have learned a lot from these meetings of the first Belgian living lab on symbiosis. It now remains for the OVAM and the stakeholders to draw conclusions from the discussions. It is still a difficult task to bring some of these questions to a higher level. These guiding questions for the further research will steer us along with our partners towards innovative solutions.

The third FISSAC newsletter has just been published. It gives an overview of project progress, with a highlight on the living labs organised in Sweden by RISE and HIFAB and on the webinar held in February. Each newsletter introduces you to some of the project partners – this time the spotlight is on OVAM, Ekodenge and Geonardo. Read it now and discover our special report on Green Concrete and Eco-Cement! (more…)

The aim of the FISSAC project is to develop a software model that supports Industrial Symbiosis (IS) management within the construction and demolition value chain. It is therefore of interest to review existing tools or databases that work in a similar manner in order to act as a reference point for learning, comparing and sharing experiences. One example of this is the ITeC’s construction elements database used by construction stakeholders in Catalonia. (more…)