Eco systemic approach
By taking into account the underlying principles of the circular economy, Cradle to Cradle, we can determine both the possibilities to reduce the negative consequences of real estate development, urbanisation and construction, as well as opportunities to generate a positive impact.
Circular Economy means much more to us than just material cycles: it integrates not only all environmental aspects, but also all other aspects that make our projects resilient, healthy, safe, inclusive and enjoyable experiences. At Bopro we call this the "positive impact circular economy". In short, the built environment is not the problem, it is the solution!
The specificity of a circular economy with a positive (or regenerative) impact lies in the ecosystemic links of 12 points of attention or topics: healthy and low-carbon materials, agility, water, environment, food production, waste-free, renewable energy, biodiversity, social well-being, optimal functionality, clean mobility, digitisation and circular models.
The combination of these topics aims to increase the added value according to the three pillars of sustainable development (Environment, Social, Economic).
We do this by proposing circular economy road maps that are able, from a consensual vision, to gradually achieve the objectives set by our clients. All this in response to the 2050 climate neutrality regulations, which have been ratified by Europe.
To minimise the environmental impact of a development and to achieve a carbon neutral footprint, we need to close the life cycle of products, find a balance in the use of natural resources and adopt a holistic view of ‘raw materials’, including not only materials but also view energy and CO2 emissions in an integrated manner.
Instead of the currently dominant linear take-make-waste industrial growth model, a circular growth model is needed. Economic activity is de-coupled from the consumption of finite resources and the term ‘waste’ (as ‘unusable’) as we know it today no longer exists.
The circular model is based on three principles:
1. Designing to prevent waste and pollution
2. Continuous use of products and materials
3. Regenerate natural sources
The fact that a building and its furniture are not made according to the circular economy principles does not mean that circular principles cannot be integrated nor that the building cannot become circular to a certain degree. Bopro develops a roadmap to bring circular principles in the asset, step by step, during the use of the building in order to improve sustainable performances and lower the use of materials and carbon emissions.
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