Documentation

    On this page, you will find documentary resources to facilitate the reuse of reclaimed building materials in renovation and construction works.

    Reclaiming materials

    This video is a general introduction to the question of reclaiming building materials. It presents a few documents and procedures that can be implemented to lengthen the life cycle of reusable materials through finding them a new use. The documents to which it refers are available below.

    Video: How to maximise the reclamation of reusable materials. Subtitles in French, English and Dutch are available.

    Maximise the reclamation of reusable materials (2022)
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    This document explains how to formulate reclamation objectives as part of a works contract. It complements the 2015 handbook for off-site reuse.

    For the moment, this document is only available in French. Translations soon to come.

    FCRBE - Reclamation Audit Method (Nov. 2021)
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    A global overview on how to conduct reclamation audits and inventory the reuse potential of building materials.

    The annexes of this document are available on the Interreg NWE FCRBE project website.

    Handbook for offsite reuse (2015)
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    How to extract reusable materials from public buildings? This handbook presents different ways to organise the reclamation of building materials in the context of public tenders : sale and donation of materials (still installed), organisation of an adhoc contract for the reclamation of the materials, setting a best efforts obligation in the works tenders.

    Reusing materials

    A few documents to assist the undertaking of reuse strategies in a building project.

    FCRBE - Procurement strategies (2021)
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    This handbook has been developed as part of the Interreg NWE FCRBE project. It presents different pathways to integrate reuse ambitions into a construction or renovation building project.

    FCRBE - General introduction to the material sheets (2021)
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    This sheet is intended for designers, specifiers and other members of construction project teams wishing to reuse building materials and
    products. It is part of a collection of 36 sheets aimed at bringing together the available information to date that is likely to facilitate the reuse of
    building materials and products. These detailed sheets are available in the Materials section of Opalis.

    FCRBE - Compilation of material sheets (2021)
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    A compilation of all the available material sheets (307 pages). Individual sheets can be downloaded from the Materials section.

    FCRBE - Pilot operations report (2021)
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    During the Interreg NWE FCRBE project, 37 pilot operations took place. As part of these, partners assisted building owners, architects and other actors of the construction industry to apply reclamation and reuse strategies for building materials.

    Detailed reports are available on the FCRBE website.

    FutuREuse booklet

    As part of the Interreg NWE FCRBE project, partners have published a collection of 7 booklets addressing diverse topics related to the reuse of building materials.

    01 - The environmental impact of reuse.pdf
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    Booklet n°1: The environmental impact of reuse in the construction sector.

    02 - Evaluating the technical performance of reclaimed building materials
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    Booklet n°2: 02 - Evaluating the technical performance of reclaimed building materials.

    03 - Material surface treatments
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    Booklet n°3: Material Surface Treatments for commonly reclaimed building elements

    04 - Product or waste?
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    Booklet n°4: Product or waste? Criteria for reuse.

    05 - How to build a Roadmap
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    Booklet n°5: How to build a Roadmap. The do’s and dont’s of reuse in the construction sector.

    06 - Understanding Urban Stocks
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    Booklet n°6: Understanding Urban Stocks.

    07 - Fashion for reclamation
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    Booklet n°7: Fashion for Reclamation.

    General documentation

    This section mostly presents documents that have been published as part of the Interreg NWE FCRBE project. They explore different facets of reuse: a statistical analysis of the reclamation trade, public policies recommendations, etc.

    FCRBE - Statistical analysis (2021)
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    Statistical survey of the social and economical impact of the reclamation trade in North West Europe. This document has been produced as part of the Interreg NWE FCRBE project.

    FCRBE -Reuse in green building frameworks (2021)
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    How are reuse strategies considered in green building rating systems and sustainability frameworks? This report, produced as part oof the Interreg NWE FCRBE project, brings some elements of answer.

    FCRBE - Reuse in environmental impact assessment tools (2021)
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    How are reuse strategies integrated into software modelling the environmental impact of building projects? This report, produced as part of the Interreg NWE FCRBE project, brings some elements of answer.

    FCRBE - Roadmap for public policies (2021)
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    A collection of inspiring actions to foster reuse-friendly public policies. This document has been produced as part of the Interreg NWE FCRBE project.

    Websites

    A few useful websites :

    Videos

    Three videos produced as part of the Interreg NWE FCRBE project.