Sustainer Build Circular Economy and the sustainable Housing Care participants community services

Sustainer is a pioneering system for circular construction that aligns with the principles of the circular economy. Let’s delve into the details:

  1. Sustainer.home: This innovative building system focuses on modular housing constructed from wood. It offers unprecedented design flexibility, optimal digital integration across the entire construction chain, and advanced 3D models. By leveraging these features, Sustainer assists developers, contractors, architects, and manufacturers in accelerating the transition toward scalable, affordable, and sustainable building practices1.

  2. Digital Foundation: Sustainer.home isn’t about supplying individual parts or modules. Instead, it provides extremely detailed IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) models. These models seamlessly integrate design and realization, ensuring safe and comfortable homes. The system undergoes rigorous testing for aspects like acoustics, stability, and fire safety. From these 3D models, builders can directly control production, making it easier to begin industrial production of circular timber homes1.

  3. Proven Success: Over 100 Sustainer-built homes already exist in various Dutch municipalities. These homes span flats, townhouses, and villas, demonstrating the system’s adaptability for different contexts—whether greenfield or complex inner-city projects. Sustainer continues to enhance its features, optimizing the design and production process1.

  4. Circular Economy in Urban Design: Beyond individual buildings, circular economy principles extend to neighborhoods and cities. Cities play a crucial role in resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan emphasizes sustainable products, waste reduction, and creating an EU market for secondary materials. Prague, for instance, has been a trailblazer in establishing a local circular economy by analyzing material flows and carbon emissions, leading to circular practices2.

  5. Circularity Strategies: Developing circular economy strategies involves understanding a city’s resource management, waste patterns, and engaging private stakeholders. By rethinking materials, optimizing building lifespans, and designing for reuse, we can minimize waste and reduce our carbon footprint. Facades designed for disassembly and modular construction contribute to circularity34.

In summary, Sustainer’s circular approach transforms empty spaces into vibrant, sustainable living environments, aligning with the urgent need for adaptable housing solutions. 🌿🏡

Let’s explore some remarkable projects that creatively repurpose abandoned industrial structures and historical buildings using prefabricated units:

  1. Xapo Bank Headquarters (Gibraltar):

    • Located inside an old army barracks built in 1817, the Xapo Bank Headquarters showcases the power of adaptive reuse. Stone arches, old limestone walls, and timber members were restored and left exposed, infusing an industrial flavor into the spaces. The reception area doubles as the main circulation space, leading to an inner courtyard. Warm-colored timber and leather furniture balance the coolness of the masonry building11.
  2. 520 West 20th (New York, NY, United States):

    • Situated near the High Line, this new office building combines old and new elements. The historic brick façades of the original warehouse were preserved, along with concrete, brick, and timber elements inside. Two vertical cores and a steel-and-glass volume were added atop the original structure. Consistent material combinations tie the old and contemporary parts together11.
  3. VOA Space (Khon Kaen, Thailand):

    • With a limited budget, an abandoned car service center was transformed into an office and showroom for the building material company COTTO. The grid-like structure allowed flexibility in space arrangements. Two additional masses were built under the shelter of the old building, housing a café and a co-working space. COTTO’s cladding products were used throughout, turning the building itself into a product showroom11.

These projects demonstrate how prefabricated units can breathe new life into abandoned spaces, creating functional and inspiring workplaces while preserving historical structures. 🏢🌟

Sustainable housing communities are designed to be environmentally friendly and resource-efficient.

Home builders use sustainable building practices to reduce the negative impact of buildings on the environment.

Green home communities conserve water and electricity, which in turn means lower utility bills.

Self-sustaining communities are a new concept to help families have affordable housing.

This concept includes all generations and creates an opportunity to subsidize rent by being involved in the community.

IKEA Business Solutions

IKEA Netherlands is collaborating with the Salvation Army (Leger des Heils) to furnish 250 rental homes for participants who are getting back on their feet and moving into often sparsely furnished rental properties. Additionally, IKEA is making a financial donation to the Woonvermogen impact fund, which is associated with the Salvation Army. This donation will contribute to creating new housing options for homeless individuals. In a time when everyone is forced to stay home to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the importance of a safe home is greater than ever11.

Currently, the Netherlands has forty thousand homeless people. Shelter facilities have been consistently full for years, and there is a severe shortage of available housing. IKEA takes this issue seriously and has entered into a long-term partnership with the Salvation Army to create homes for the homeless in the Netherlands. Through this contribution, IKEA aims to send a signal that more housing needs to be built to provide everyone with a secure home.

The 250 furnished homes will be occupied by individuals transitioning from social shelters or protected housing to their own place. Captain Harm Slomp of the Salvation Army emphasizes the significance of this collaboration: “We are pleased to have IKEA as a partner because the company genuinely wants to contribute to providing a home for vulnerable people. These are individuals who have often lost everything and have not had a place of their own for a long time.” IKEA leverages its expertise in home living and interior design to create a space where residents can truly feel at home11.

The number of homeless people in the Netherlands has doubled in the past decade. With a shortage of over one hundred thousand homes in the country, providing additional housing for the homeless is a challenge. A home is a fundamental need and a starting point for rebuilding one’s life. The collaboration between IKEA and the Salvation Army aligns with IKEA’s global People & Planet Positive strategy, emphasizing affordability, sustainability, and well-being in home living

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