July 16, 2015

Opportunities for Circular Construction

Project overview

Main opportunities and leverage points for OVG as a developer of circular buildings were revealed using the Circle Scan methodology together with our partner Circle Economy.

TitleOpportunities for Circular Construction

Client: OVG

Partners: Circle Economy

Date delivered: December, 2013



Project leader

Eva Picture 1 320x320 - Eva Gladek

Eva Gladek

Founder and CEO


Project Description

The building and construction sector is a significant focal area in a circular economy due to the sheer volume of materials it is responsible for globally. Many basic materials such as concrete and steel are recovered to some extent today already, however as building materials and technologies advance in complexity, high value material recovery and reuse become increasingly difficult. Moreover, as the way we use buildings in modern society are increasingly dynamic, there is a growing need for adaptive solutions where materials are reused at high value.

OVG is a Dutch developer of commercial properties, based in Rotterdam. As a property developer, they play a key role in the system in determining how a building is designed, how materials are assembled, demolished, and brokered for further use. Through Circle Economy’s Circle Scan process, we worked together with OVG to map the opportunities for resource efficiency and reuse, and explored a number of leverage points that OVG could explore strategically to advance their position as a “circular” property developer.


System Mapping:

We worked with OVG to document and map the types and volumes of material resources that are typically used in their commercial development projects, and constructed a detailed life cycle flow map of a typical building that included both upstream information on material extraction and processing, and end-of-life information.

Circular Opportunities:

The building development and construction industries are experiencing many forces of change, from changes in the way that buildings are used, the increasing desire for healthy and efficient buildings, and innovations in how buildings are constructed. Within this shifting landscape, there are a number of opportunities to address these challenges through a circular economy perspective. We highlighted a number of key opportunities that OVG could capitalize on directly, and through collaboration with its partners and stakeholders.



Through our analysis of the resource flows over the life cycle of a typical modern commercial building, we developed a set of recommendations for how OVG could take practical steps in achieving circular buildings.