An Analysis of Design Support Tools for Circular Building Practice

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In 2016, the Flemish Government set the transition to a circular economy (CE) as one of its priorities. Adopting the paradigm of circularity in, amongst others, the building sector has the potential to create more sustainable buildings, where the use of new resources and the production of waste is minimised by closing material flows. However, circular building implies radical changes at different levels: from organisational changes within the sector to new design methods. To support and guide stakeholders in this transition to a CE in the Flemish building sector, different organisations developed design support tools and methods. However, due to the lack of overview of the available tools and their purpose, it is unclear for the stakeholders which tool could fit best for their context. Therefore, this research analyses the potential of the identified tools for circular building practice. Further, the possible impact potential of the tools in a circular design process is assessed by reviewing the needs of circular building stakeholders and by comparing that need with the tools. The tools and needs are classified per building design aspect and per design stage. Subsequently, conclusions can be drawn on opportunities to develop new design support tools for circular buildings and on opportunities to improve existing tools.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability in Energy and Buildings 2020
EditorsJohn Littlewood, Robert J. Howlett, Lakhmi C. Jain
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
ISBN (Print)9789811587825
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021
Event12th KES International Conference on Sustainability and Energy in Buildings, SEB 2020 - Split, Croatia
Duration: 24 Jun 202026 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026


Conference12th KES International Conference on Sustainability and Energy in Buildings, SEB 2020


  • Building design
  • Circular economy
  • Design support tools


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