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Time To Go In-Depth

Bimcast by Catenda is a podcast series on open BIM and the possibilities of digitizing the construction industry. We will invite knowledgeable and inspiring guests to talk about topics related to open BIM, digitization and open international standards in the world of construction and infrastructure. This series is part of our ongoing efforts to make the construction industry worldwide ready for the work processes and digital flow of the future. Available on all major podcast players.

Ep 9 - Construction goes circular

We are looking into circular economy, sustainability and the ways in which that will change the construction industry in the time ahead. Our guests all are key players in the construction industry’s transition to circular economy. Cathrine Barth, co-founder and strategist for Circular Norway, Frank Jaegtnes, CEO of Elektroforeningen (EFO), the association for electrical installation companies, and Anstein Skinnarland, Managing Director of buildingSMART Norway. The construction industry is infamously known as the 40% industry, accounting for 40 percent of all CO2 emissions, as well as producing the biggest amount of waste of any sector in the world. So the need for a change is huge: We need to change how we value building materials, how we catalogue what we have, how we use the data of what is in our buildings, that we reuse or recycle instead of throwing away when constructing our cities.

Suggested Reading

Do you want to know more about what to think about circular economy and the construction industry? Here is a collection of resources that will get you started.

Top tips to become circular ready

  • You cannot go circular alone, go it together, collaborate. Become part of an ecosystem, don´t go on in an egosystem.
  • Use open standards, products as services and exchange and share quality data as a basis of new future business models.
  • Look at buildings as material banks. Digitise the building for the whole life cycle. Add material passports, and instead of tearing down waste, you can lift out and reuse values.
  • Ask yourself: What are my linear risks, avoid dependence of virgin materials. Turn your portfolio from product dependency to service or solution delivery.
  • Find your national or regional circular organisations, join and start your circular journey now.

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