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Circularity is a relatively new area for us — and for construction in general. Regardless, from the sites we choose to develop to the materials we use and reuse, we’re committed to transforming our way of constructing and reaching a point where we can proudly claim to build, own and manage circular buildings.

Circular construction begins with brownfield development

For us, one of the key reasons for aspiring to redevelop 100% old brownfield and industrial sites is to capitalise on their circular potential. We have extensive experience in recovering and depolluting sites to give them a second life and make them ready to answer the needs of our customers. By repurposing and recycling heritage materials, we’re able to maintain a link to the past whilst minimising our impact on the future. Read more on Brownfield development 

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Our first step is always to optimise the resources used and to waste less materials. Which is why, for example, we never procure excess materials as a precaution during construction. On top of that, when we can’t find the resources we need for construction on-site, we always assess the availability of locally sourced recycled raw materials and inputs. Although in this area we aren’t yet where we’d like to be, we will be developing sustainable procurement policies to guide the acquisition of all future construction materials, as well as reusing and recycling guidelines during maintenance.

Did you know?

According to the WWF and Global Footprint Network, If the entire world used as much fuel, food, land and timber as Europeans, it would take 2.8 planets to sustain us all. We’re committed to doing our part to explore ways of doing more with less, and empowering Europeans to live better without consuming more than their fair share.

We don’t waste waste

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. In 2021, we are beginning to monitor all construction and demolition waste for developments and refurbishments. By 2022, we want to adapt our processes to divert 100% of waste (by weight) from landfill during the construction phase. In addition to this, by 2025 we plan to collect data on waste produced in all buildings during business operations, and by 2030 we aim to reach circularity during demolition for all brownfield developments.

Saving precious energy and water

Energy and water are two of the most precious natural resources consumed at logistics facilities.

As part of our commitment to save natural resources, we install rainwater collection and reuse facilities at our premises, as well as natural drainage systems in parking areas. We also install solar PV systems that regularly exceed the energy demand of our customers, and heat recovery systems capable of capturing and reusing a third of all heating energy.