RedditchBuildTog++ in brief
CHARM Buildtog is the acronym of Circular Housing Asset Renovation & Management virtually plastic free home. It’s located in Redditch UK and the owner is Accord Housing Association. The construction of this new building started on 1st May 2019 and it will be finished at the end of October 2022.
This building is for 12 dwellings, each dwelling is 35 m2 and the total project is 420 m2.
The challenge and the targets
CHARM is part of an international research project, designed to minimise waste in construction through the whole life cycle of the building. The target is to reduce from 90% to 64% the down-cycling construction materials.
Accord is tasked to construct a virtually plastic free home and remove a major part of the down-cycled material.
The building will follow the minimal requirements for the BuildTog++ projects: high energy efficiency and architectural quality.
Accord will use offsite construction as much as possible in both substructure and superstructure, this help to reduce timescale and get independent from weather constraints. They try to design better than minimum standards.
The properties are small fully fitted homes (all electric equipmentis supplied), designed for people without home, to give them a fresh restart in life. One big target is stop people use plastic, so they select materials with long life, but compliant with Building Regulation.
Accord will develop a material exchange platform to share best practice for plastic reduction in buildings. With this project they try to reduce waste by eliminating down-cycling and find alternative solutions.
They develop and share a list of materials as alternatives to plastic, the problem is what the market offers and usually construction companies choose the cheapest solution.
It is difficult to find alternative materials with equal or better performance than plastic; some products have no alternative to plastic (e.g. electrical wiring).
The aim of the Material Exchange Platform is to develop a network of partners across 4 different countries (France, Belgium, Netherlands and UK), contributing to the platform, sharing research and development by manufactures providing waste reducing alternatives. They want to encourage research by manufactures to fill gaps in the future plastic free market.