Munich 26–27 Nov 2024


The construction industry, yet a major polluter, is now aiming for the ambitious Net Zero emissions target. This means a shift in thinking towards a circular economy, which promotes the reuse, recycling and longevity of materials, thus ensuring a sustainable future.

Why circular economy?

Given finite resources, a sustainable approach is essential, especially in the resource-intensive construction industry. The circular economy avoids the traditional model of “produce, use and throw away” and lays the foundation for longevity and reuse.

Vision and implementation of a sustainable construction industry

The aim is to plan and build buildings in terms of their components can be recycled or reused. This approach results in a lower environmental impact while encouraging innovative construction practices.
In the planning phase already, care must be taken to ensure that materials can be easily recycled or reused at the end of their useful life. This requires collaboration from all stakeholders to choose environmentally friendly materials that meet the requirements of the circular economy.

The role of BIM

BIM is an essential tool in the pursuit of a circular construction industry. It enables the digital planning, construction and operation of buildings, with all relevant accessible information throughout the life cycle. BIM supports the planning and implementation of projects that follow circular economy principles by providing detailed visualization and analysis of materials and construction processes. It makes it easier to identify reuse opportunities and select recyclable materials from the start. BIM also promotes collaboration between the various players in the construction industry by providing a common database for decision-making. This simplifies the subsequent dismantling or conversion of buildings, closing the cycle of materials within the industry.

A step in the right direction

Integrating the circular economy into the construction industry, supported by the use of BIM, is a key step in reducing waste and emissions and contributes significantly to environmental protection. Despite challenges, the vision of a sustainable construction industry is achievable with commitment and cooperation.