Circular and Flexible Indoor Partitioning: A Design Conceptualization of Innovative Materials and Value Chains

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)
76 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

This article sheds light on the materialization and operation of residential partitioning wall components in relation to circular and flexible performance. The hypothesis is twofold: (1) A stronger integration of materialization and operation aspects is indispensable in establishing sustainable value-models, and (2) recent innovations, concerning the reversibility of material connections, will help disrupting the status-quo in that respect. Attention is drawn to renewable natural fibre composites (NFC), reversible adhesives, and biodegradable insulation materials. After a background sketch regarding the notion of time, change, and material circularity in design and planning, the housing challenge in the Amsterdam metropolitan area (AMA, the Netherlands) is described. Next, a design conceptualization stage is introduced, informed by two methods and tools in particular: Circ-Flex assessment, and activity-based spatial material flow analysis. Results of the conceptualization stage are presented regarding materialization and operation, culminating in Circ-Flex partitioning components, more specifically: Side panels and insulation. It was found that NFC can tackle current issues relating, most prominently, to circularity performance. Associated modifications in the value-chain occur, above all, in raw material sourcing, manufacturing, reutilization logistics, and data-sharing. The outcomes are valid for multiple building components other than indoor partitioning, such as kitchens and furniture, but also insulation—and interior side-sheeting—of walls and roofs in energy-renovations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number194
Number of pages24
JournalBuildings
Volume9
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • circular economy
  • open building
  • flexible design
  • partitioning
  • natural fiber composites

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Circular and Flexible Indoor Partitioning: A Design Conceptualization of Innovative Materials and Value Chains'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this