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Within the current process for designing, manufacturing, and operating facades there is a gap between supply-side discoveries and demand-side needs, which hinders the implementation of resource-efficient facades. Facade leasing as a form of product-service system keeps suppliers committed, throughout the building’s service-life, to safeguard optimum performance in operation, while actively stimulating clients to adopt innovative technical solutions.
The paper elaborates on both supply-side facade innovations and the demand-side conditions necessary to implement such business models. This while exploring the costs and benefits of product-service systems as new collaboration models to align supply and demand incentives. It builds upon the research project “Facade leasing” (MSc thesis by Azcarate-Aguerre, J.F., 2014) and combines knowledge about facade design and engineering (supply-side approach) with the knowledge about client needs, performance criteria, and willingness to pay (demand-side approach). The research methodology includes literature review and expert interviews, integrating both theory and practice.
This paper argues that a Product-Service System approach to facade design, construction, operation, and renovation could accelerate the rate and depth of building energy renovations. It could also provide incentives to supply- and demand-side stakeholders, to implement Circular Economy principles through new models of product ownership, service contracting, and performance delivery. It aims at establishing the general conceptual frame of a Product-Service System for leasable facades, setting the basic parameters to be taken into account when designing a PSS-based business model, and formulating its value proposition.
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Klein, T., Geldermans, R. J., Ioannou, O., Wandl, A., Dubbeling, D. J., Mansveld, N., Asselbergs, M. F., Azcarate Aguerre, J. F., van Bennekom, H. A., Van den Berghe, K. B. J., Boerstra, A. C., van Bortel, G. A., Bucci Ancapi, F. E., van Bueren, E. M., Cavallo, R., Çetin, S., Dabrowski, M. M., Ersoy, A., Gruis, V. H., Heesbeen, C., Jansen, B., Konstantinou, T., Leclercq, E. M., Luscuere, P. G., van Marrewijk, A. H., Medici, P., Meijer, A., Overschie, M. G. F., Peck, D. P., Sabbe, A. L. P., Smit, M. J., van Stijn, A., Straub, A., van Timmeren, A., Tsui, T. P. Y. & Wamelink, J. W. F.
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