Council for Aluminium in Building

Circular Economy Workshop – Session 2 , 17 February 10am – 1 pm

Moving to a more sustainable façade industry

In December 2020, we held a taster session to provide an insight into work underway across Europe to support the transition of the façade industry towards the Circular Economy. The event, hosted by Delft University of Technology was part of the EU-funded ‘FacadeReLog’ project and a summary of the session, its aims and outcomes is attached. Your concerns include:

  • What is the clients’ motivation to invest in circularity? Incentives? Risks?
  • How should building products be designed and manufactured for circularity?
  • How could the challenges of transportation networks and re-manufacturing facilities be addressed?
  • Who will develop the necessary contractual and technical standards for re-manufactured building products?
  • Why might BIM be relevant?

We are pleased to advise that the next workshop, to address as many of these questions as possible, is taking place on 17 February from 10:00 to 13:00 (GMT).

A ‘Miro Board’ will allow all those involved to interact as well as providing a centralised hub of information, with an introductory session to enable everyone to familiarise themselves with this online whiteboard. Participating companies will gain free access to the educational material on Circular Economy and Reverse Logistics processes which will result from the FacadeReLog workshop series.

 This 3-hour workshop is free to attend and the agenda can be found below.


Host: Justin Furness, Council for Aluminium in Building

Mediator: Tillmann Klein, Delft University of Technology

10:00 – 10:15:    Welcome and introduction to event and FaçadeReLog project. Juan Azcarate Aguerre, Delft University of Technology

10:15 – 10:30:    Participant introductions. The participants will be asked to position themselves in a stakeholder map, as an introductory exercise to become familiar with Miro.

10:30 – 10:50:    Lecture on Circular Business models: Recognizing the value of closing loops in the façade industry. Karel Van Acker, KU Leuven

10:50 – 11:30:    Working session on Circular Business Models. Participants will be guided along the Business Model Canvas on Miro, filling in each space the kind of questions, motivations, drivers & barriers they can think of in the process.

11:30 – 11:40:    Coffee break.

11:40 – 12:00:    Reverse logistics for a Circular Façade Industry: Managing the (operational) challenges of a closed-loop transition. Benny Tjahjono, University of Coventry

12:00 – 12:40:    Working session on reverse logistics. Participants will be guided along the reverse logistics flow-chart on Miro, and discuss challenges and opportunities.

12:40 – 13:00:    Closing remarks. The head of each of the two sessions will provide a brief reflection on the outcome of the two workshops and proposals for future sessions.

To register – please reserve your place(s), preferably no later than 12 February, by emailing

How to join – the links to Zoom and Miro will be forwarded a week prior.