Arup signs up for plan to bring construction materials into the circular economy

UK consulting engineer Arup has partnered with Madaster, an online platform intended to make construction materials part of the circular economy – so that they can be reused at the end of their life.

Madaster, which currently operates in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland, creates a "material passport" for building elements. This gives the product’s quality, origin and the location of the material in a building or structure, as well as information about how it can be reused.

Arup said in a press statement it would help Madaster grow in Germany by using its contacts with architects, developers and other construction companies, as well as banks.

Jan Wurm, Arup Europe’s research and innovation leader, said: "Capturing the value of materials present in an asset through a material passport is a key enabler for circular buildings and infrastructure assets.

"We have the unique opportunity to influence the market, supporting developers and asset holders to apply Circular Economy principles at scale."

Martin Pauli, Arup Europe’s foresight lead, added: "We believe that materials databases are one of the pillars to unlock the transition towards a more circular construction economy, so we are really pleased to partner with Madaster in Germany.

"We look forward to strengthening our collaboration with a range of industry stakeholders and help our clients on their journey towards sustainability."

Image: Madaster’s Material Passport (Madaster)

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