PROvisions for a Greater REuse of Steel Structures
The PROGRESS project provides methodologies, tools and recommendations on reusing steel-based components from existing and planned buildings. The project particularly targets the design for deconstruction and reuse of envelopes, loadbearing frames, trusses and secondary elements of single-storey buildings framed in steel. This building type has broad applicability as industrial, commercial, sports, exhibition, warehouse facilities, and shows most potential in suitability for reuse and viability for circular-economy business models.
The whole life benefits of reusable single-storey steel buildings were quantified from environmental and economic viewpoints. The outcomes were extensively disseminated, in particular among manufacturers, designers, contractors and researchers.
The project offers a completely new point of view on the design and execution of buildings and manufacture of construction products. They are no longer considered as end products, but instead in the scope of circular economy as a part of continuous chain of the products ecosystem. The construction and demolition waste becomes a new resource to be considered in the future buildings design.
ECCS was in charge of the dissemination of the results through workshops, ECCS European Design Manuals, web presentations and newsletters.