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EPEA and Madaster team up to streamline circular construction

by Sion Geschwindt
The two organisations have teamed up to provide insight into the circularity of building components and materials

German circular economy solutions provider EPEA has joined forces with Madaster, an online registry for building materials and products.

The two organisations have teamed up to provide insight into the circularity of building components and materials for developers, investors, builders and managers of real estate and infrastructure.

Under the agreement, EPEA’s material and product database will be linked to the Madaster Platform to make it easier to calculate and report the CO2 emissions and degree of circularity of real estate, according to a press statement made last month.

Circular construction

Contributing almost 40% of global CO2 emissions, the construction sector is a key player in the push to net zero and the circular use of natural resources and materials.

Registration of materials and products is one of the first steps towards a truly circular economy — driven by validated and reliable data, says Madaster. 

Working out project-specific CO2 emissions or determining the extent to which a building could be reused requires a great deal of complex data, say the partners.

However, the necessary information is not always available to owners, planners and builders.

EPEA has therefore developed a database of materials and products especially for Madaster, which is available to users of the Madaster Platform, so that they can make calculations for each of their projects individually.

The data set contains information on both the origins of the materials (secondary resources, non-renewable primary materials, renewable resources) and the waste scenario (reuse, recycling, incineration, landfill). At the same time, it provides information from which the carbon footprint over the entire life cycle can be calculated.

The data set currently includes 187 materials and/or products, making it “the most comprehensive data set available with this degree of diversity and detail.”

The scope of the data set continues to grow and can be extended at the request of Madaster Platform users.

The partners say that this means architectural firms no longer need to store all information and parameters in their models, and can calculate the assessments without much additional effort thanks to the smart link with the EPEA database. 

Pablo van den Bosch, board member Madaster, said: “Based on EPEA’s Cradle to Cradle Certified™ material and product database, we are able to provide better insight into circularity for Madaster Platform users worldwide.

“Besides higher quality material passports, it also delivers a clearer outline of the CO2 emissions and circular value of real estate. Developers, investors and owners and managers of real estate and infrastructure can thus realise circular ambitions in a timely and highly focused manner.” 

Peter Mösle, CEO EPEA GmbH – Part of Drees & Sommer, added: “As the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA), we have been working with complex environmental data for more than 30 years.

“To estimate environmental impacts at building level and to be well prepared, generic data that can be easily handled by the user are an important step towards widespread application.”

Image credit: Elise Cunniet Robert/Shutterstock

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