Partners

As part of the Regional Programme for a Circular Economy, the EFP is committed to enhancing the various collaborations established across the BRIC project.

The aim of the BRIC project is to enhance these various collaborations with local enterprises and institutions, as well as procure locally among Belgian suppliers and manufacturers. The supplier selection focuses on partners with a compatible philosophy based on the principles of circular materials. On the other hand, the specific choice of a material or of one realisation over another is based on the criteria of the Bamb project.

Institutional support

  • Brussels-capital region

    Through the PREC, the Brussels-Capital Region government has drawn up guidelines to “encourage the move from a linear economy (extract - produce - consume - discard) to a circular economy (recover - produce - consume - reuse) in the Brussels-Capital Region.”

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  • IBGE

    Bruxelles Environnement is the public service responsible for the environment and energy in Brussels-Capital region.

  • BAMB - Buildings As Material Banks

    The BAMB (Buildings As Material Banks) project: in BAMB, 16 partners from 8 European countries are working together with one mission – enabling a systemic shift in the building sector by creating circular solutions.

Project developer and construction team

  • MAP

    MAP Architecture is an architecture firm set up in Brussels in 2001. Currently 8 architects are working on a variety of projects - blocks of flats, houses and conversions - and are always open to experimental projects, especially those involving rational energy use.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • WALLS
    • FLOORS
    • ROOFS
    • SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

    MAP provides the architectural part of BRIC.

  • VUB

    Vrije Universiteit Brussel’s æ-LAB is a partner of BAMB on a second project circular retrofit lab workshop experimenting with reversibility processes of materials and using them in student accommodation built on its La Plaine campus in Brussels.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • WALLS
    • FLOORS
    • ROOFS
    • SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

    The VUB research lab’s TRANSFORM (Transformable Structures for Sustainable Development) group supports BRIC on material reversibility matters.

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  • Chimsco

    Chimsco manufactures and installs industrial and traditional timber frames, old-style car ports and chalets. It builds passive and low-energy timber-framed houses.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • WALLS
    • FLOORS
    • ROOFS
    • SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

    Chimsco provides its experience on the ground in the design of BRIC’s timber frame. Chimsco supports the design process through its expertise in Dietrich’s timber frame design software.

  • Pierre Berger

    Pierre Berger is an engineering consultancy firm that works in a number of areas including the technical equipment of buildings; project engineering, consultancy & management; energy audits & expertise; maintenance quality control; building stability and energy studies (BEP Adviser and Manager, BREEAM Assessor, etc.)

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • Mur
    • Sol
    • Toiture
    • Techniques spéciales

    Berger is involved with energy-related matters. The various scenarios devised for BRIC have been validated by PHPPs. These PHPPs made it possible to adjust the sizes of the BRIC block walls

  • KARBON' architecture et urbanisme

    Karbon' architecture et urbanisme is a cooperative from Brussels, which has been operating on Belgian soil for the past 8 years. The agency houses 10 architects and town planners under one roof, who are extremely complementary and adopt a common approach. Karbon' furthers permanent research focused on the environmental impact of construction and especially on providing integrated architectural principles based on a relevant choice of materials.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    Karbon' incorporated the architectural mission of BRIC2 and BRIC 3: design, work supervision and dismantling of materials.

Training sector

  • Bruxelles Formation

    Bruxelles Formation’s Construction Department offers courses leading to qualifications in construction, eco-construction and professional cleaning for job-seekers and short and free-standing modules for workers, at the request of industrial sectors, sector organisations or companies.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • ROOFING

    BF’s roofing section works with efp on the BRIC roofing and air- and water-tightness work.

  • CDR-C

    CDR Construction is the main professional centre in Brussels for the construction sector. CDR Construction works in partnership with public-sector and private-sector bodies in Brussels to encourage construction sector jobs in Brussels-Capital Region.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • WALLS
    • FLOORS
    • ROOFS
    • SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

    CDR introduces efp students to special techniques like air-tightness before they start on the BRIC project.

  • Syntra Brussel

    SYNTRA Brussel is a Dutch-language training centre in Brussels for current and future entrepreneurs.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • WALLS
    • FLOORS
    • ROOFS
    • SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

    Syntra’s Construction Department students are involved in building the BRIC during the construction phase and through a new course on business circularity.

University and scientific support

  • CSTC

    The Centre Scientifique et Technique de la Construction is a research institute. It works in three main areas:
    - Carrying out scientific and technical research for the benefit of its members
    - Providing information, support and technical advice to its members
    - Contributing in general to innovation and development in the construction sector, especially by carrying out research under contract, at the request of the sector and the public authorities.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • FLOORS

    The CSTC supports the BRIC project in the material testing phases, especially for floor coverings and screeds.

Construction sector federations and representatives

  • CONFÉDÉRATION CONSTRUCTION

    Confédération Construction is an umbrella organisation for employers across the whole of Belgium. It has over 15,000 members in the construction sector: self-employed workers, SMEs and large companies working in all areas of construction.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    The Brussels Region Confédération Construction provides information about the BRIC project to its members via the web and organises visits to BRIC during the construction and use stages. The BRIC project, meanwhile, takes part in CCBC’s Reuse platform, set up as part of the Regional Programme on the Circular Economy.

  • Eloya

    ELOYA is the federation for the Belgian electrical engineering sector; nearly 1600 electricians are members of it. Eloya provides administrative help, supports professionals technically and defends its members’ interests.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    Eloya supports the BRIC project financially.

  • Volta

    Volta is the national umbrella organisation for electrical engineering sector organisations. Volta supports its partners through training courses, advice, strategic studies, information evenings, payment of additional fees, etc. It was set up as a joint venture between Formelec, Tecnolec and the FSE: Formelec is the professional education and training centre for the sector; Tecnolec is a technological knowledge centre (approved by the Economy Federal Public Service as a Centre Collectif Assimilé (research centre equivalent); and the FSE (Fonds de Securité d'Existence), a special sector-based fund, pays welfare benefits.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    VOLTA provides information about the BRIC project to its members via the web and organises visits to BRIC during the construction and use stages.

Partner companies since 2016/2017

  • Argilières Hins

    The Argilières de Hins are clay pits at Saint-Aubin, near Florennes in Wallonia. The company owns land of various kinds and produces finished products made of clay (bricks, tiles, refractory products, etc.) and prepares finer types of clay for potters.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • FLOORS

    Argilières de Hins is working with the BRIC project to implement an innovative floor slab for the second building (to be made as of September 2018). This floor slab will highlight the reversible properties of clay.

  • Carodec

    CARODEC is a sustainable construction materials merchant based in Auderghem and Genval. Carodec sells a wide range of eco-materials to building professionals and individuals who wish to build in a way that respects nature, health and the ethical economy.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • WALLS
    • FLOORS
    • ROOFS

    Carodec supplies materials for the BRIC project. The materials used were chosen because of their short circuit, favouring local manufacturers. Carodec provides the BRIC project with its unused materials so that they can be reused. For example, the outer cladding of the BRIC plant room is made of timber from various stocks that would originally have been considered waste.

  • Eau de vie

    Eau de Vie is an engineering consultancy firm and also has entrepreneurs specialising in sustainable water management. It favours “extensive” or “gentle” techniques that are low-energy and use natural processes. These techniques, such as lagooning, sand filters and planted filters, can be used for domestic, agricultural and industrial sewage water, ponds and swimming pools.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

    Eau de Vie is a supplier and advises students on using the PHYTOSTEP lagooning system and installing the ECODOMEO composting toilet. The lagooning design incorporates reversibility by installing concrete planted tanks over an area of 15 m2. This technique takes into consideration the nature of the land with the water table 1.80 m below ground level. The decision to include an ECODOMEO toilet in the ground-floor plan at the start of the project meant that a waste storage space was set aside to meet BRIC’s energy performance requirements.

  • ELECTRIC

    Electric SA is a Brussels electrical equipment wholesaler. Electric supplies high-quality products and services to installers, companies and local authorities, building relationships of trust with its customers.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

    Electric SA supplies electrical equipment.

  • WEASYFIX

    WEASYFIX has developed a range of high-performance ground screws for low-load buildings. It studies and implements screw piles, reducing the impact on the land.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • FLOORS

    Weasyfix supplies ground screws for deep foundations, which are suitable for the loose soil of the efp site, and advises students on how to install them. It supports students during the foundations phase of the BRIC, helping them to install the piles and connectors and levelling the floor joist.

  • Réseau dtc

    Réseau dtc (dtc Network) is a climate engineering company based in Tournai. Its network of thermal solutions professionals advises its customers - heating and air conditioning system installers, architects and engineering consultancy firms - on heat pumps, renewable energies and air conditioning.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

    Réseau dtc supplies the air-to-air heating system and advises students on how to install it.

  • Rockpanel

    Rockpanel belongs to the Rockwool group. The company has moved from supplying rock-wool products and solutions to developing products, systems and services specifically for use in the envelope of buildings. The basic material used to make the panels is basalt. These panels can be used as impermeable cladding on walls for ventilated structures or as a finishing material for roofs or architectural details.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • WALLS

    Rockpanel supplies the wall cladding panels. The new panels come from left-over stock from other projects. The COLOR (orange for the entrance of the module) and WOODS range panels (oak motif for the large sides of the building) are screwed onto timber battens to ventilate the timber frame. The size of the panels will be altered as the BRIC project develops until 2020 by the students in the carpentry workshop. The building signage, designed by the computer graphics students, will be milled on the Rockpanel panels.

  • Rothoblaas

    Rothoblaas develops products and services for construction professionals: carpenters, engineers, architects and installers of fall-protection systems. Rothoblaas offers a full range of solutions: fixing systems, air- and water-tightness systems, soundproofing systems, fall-protection systems, machinery and equipment for woodworking and specific services and design aids. Rothoblaas offers a complete service from the foundations to the roof.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • WALLS
    • FLOORS
    • ROOFS

    Rothoblaas supplies screws and hardware for the BRIC project (screws for the wall panels, steel column shoes). Rothoblaas also supplies air-tightness membranes and appropriate sealing tape for the joints between the wall panels.

  • RotorDC

    Rotor Deconstruction is an autonomous side-project of Rotor, a Brussels-based non-profit firm engaged in promoting and facilitating the reuse of building components as a strategy on the path towards a more resource-efficient materials economy.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    The plumbing fixtures, sinks, tiles and floor coverings come from Rotor’s disassembly stocks.

  • Eugène Schmidt

    Schmidt is a timber merchant. Its Laeken warehouse (in the Brussels region) has a variety of woods in stock and to order. The company offers straightening and planing services, floor and board shaping, cladding profiles, door jambs and chamfers, a variety of wood panels, sawing and gluing of edges.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • WALLS
    • FLOORS
    • ROOFS

    Schmidt supplies all the timber materials. The timber wall panels have been designed in accordance with the reversible properties of the materials. They have been chosen in an attempt as much as possible to:
    - Limit non-standard thicknesses
    - dSize the wall panels according to the sizes of timber panels on the market in the basic catalogue of the Schmidt supplier
    - Use PEFC-certified timber, from Europe only and favouring the local timber industry. This rationalisation limits felling and cutting up, makes it easy to assemble the panels in the workshop and enables them to be handled by two or four students.

  • Niko

    Niko manufactures electrical engineering equipment in Sint-Niklaas. It makes a wide range of home automation products such as Niko Home Control, communication equipment and power sockets, detectors, lighting and lighting controls, external communication equipment and wireless communication devices and offers services related to these.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • Special techniques

    Niko supplies the BRIC electrical engineering equipment including home automation equipment. The BRIC has a Niko Home Control system installed by the student electricians.

  • Finale 24

    Finale24 manufactures and installs solar panels and is based in Eupen and Baillonville. It manufactures modules such as the Quali, a product which it has developed. The inverters are built by a German manufacturer, SMA. The assembly systems are K2Systems and Schletter, leaders in their field.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • Special techniques

    Finale24 supports BRIC by supplying all the photovoltaic solar panels. The BRIC roof has 6 polycrystalline panels.

  • Primotem

    Primotem applies its technical expertise and experience of more than 25 years to the rationalization of energy costs, from auditing to monitoring, through Energy Accounting. The company has techniques available for measuring consumption in order to refine the special techniques.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    • Special techniques

    The Primotem company makes it possible to control the energy costs of the module by measuring the consumption. The consumption will be explained to the auditors as part of the training and sensitization to the circular economy in line with the energy regulations in force in Brussels.

Partner companies since 2018

  • Phoenix Brothers

    Phoenix sprl and Phoenix Brothers bvba are two firms specialising in office, shop and building renovations.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    Phoenix Brothers lends its support to the proper execution of BRIC. They occasionally provide logistical support and offer a qualified workforce. The collaboration with this company helped install Rockpanel exterior cladding.

  • Sintra

    SINTRA (innovative treatment systems for ambient air) is the leading manufacturer in Europe of perforated metal ducts for “ambient air PULSION” and diffusion of input air, for all types of applications.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    The metal cladding is readaptable and is equipped with collars to enable the pipes to be fitted. The selected cladding is not welded together, but attached by a collar and suspended from the ceiling.

  • Energy Solutions

    Energy Solutions optimises the energy consumption of buildings and improves the air quality and comfort in large- to medium-volume buildings by using innovative air treatment solutions.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    Energy Solutions provides the BRIC project with consulting on the installation of micro-perforated ducts by Sintra. They have designed the ducts in such a way that they are reusable for BRIC2 and BRIC3.

  • Industryled

    Industry Led is a consulting agency specialising in LED lighting. Industry Led offers lighting solutions which guarantee lighting adapted to the use of the building. The company also offers quality solutions for lighting within service contracts.

    Its involvement in the project

    The technical information will become available as the project progresses.

    Industry Led advises BRIC on the design of LED lighting and supplies material adapted to the reversibility principle of the project. The company also informs auditors about the new financing principles for lighting.