Training for Circular Economy in the Construction and Furniture Sectors

Building and living in a circular economy – Workshop for the development of circular products and business models in Graz

For the second national stakeholder workshop Austrian Institute of Ecology and Technical Universtity of Vienna could set up a cooperation with Circular Futures – Circular Economy Platform Austria (https://www.circularfutures.at/ueber-uns/english-language-summary/) and BauKarussell which operates in selective dismantling and reuse projects of buildings (https://www.repanet.at/baukarussell/).
The co-hosted workshop took place in the city of Graz, Styria on February 27th 2019. Besides the multi stakeholder exchange with the chosen location the opportunity of presenting KATCH_e in a different region in Austria was given. But not only locals took part: around 40 participants from business, academia, public and private institutions from various regions followed our invitation.
In the morning, the legal framework both on EU and local level formed the introduction to the challenges and potentials of circularity and how KATCH_e materials as well as BauKarussell activities offer possible solutions. In the afternoon, three Austrian companies presented their challenges & activities: Internorm (windows), doka (formwork specialist and KATCH_e partner) and Lukas Lang Building Technologies (modular wood buildings). The audience has been very much interested and actively involved with discussions which continued in the following four workshop groups:
I Circular Desgin by taking the example of carpet flooring
II Business Models by taking the example of windows
III KATCH_up! game by taking the example of modular building systems
IV Selective dismantling as a business model
The day was finished by a nearby visit of a construction site (q5, part of Reininghausgründe Graz) which demonstrated the challenges and potentials of the on-site use of building materials and importance of new cooperations and partners in such a big endeavor.
It was impressive what`s already on the way towards a more circular economy, but there is much left to do. The inputs from the participants have been very positive and gave rise to further improvements of the KATCH_e materials and maybe common activities.