5 parallel tracks will be organized as a core for the conference.

1. Circular building design methods and assessment

This track focuses firstly on circular building design methods, from an holistic architectural perspective, such as design for disassembly, to the level of technical and digital design methods tools, such as 3D techniques, and secondly on assessment methods and tools necessary to indicate the circularity of a building. The track covers the development and application of methods facilitating circular building designs, development and application of methods to evaluate the level of circularity of buildings, and exemplary circular building designs and realized building projects.

2. Urban transformations for circular and sustainable cities

This track focuses on urban transformations processes within the two paradigms of sustainability and circularity. The track aims at unfolding and deepening the current understandings theoretically, empirically and methodologically about the two paradigms in link to their role and impacts on urban transformations. Finally, the track seeks to draw lessons from a diversity of cultural and geographical contexts on promoting sustainable and circular cities, through multi-disciplinary analyses and the emergence of novel approaches that have impacts on the complex urban context (social, ecological, political and technological) processes. The track covers societal and urban challenges and impacts related to circular cities approaches, circular urban metabolism as new urbanism approaches, and urban living labs approaches as integral approaches for societal impacts and urban transformations towards circular cities.

3. Social acceptance of circular renovation concepts

This track focuses on the social acceptance of the energy transition in the existing housing stock. The track covers the development of interdisciplinary methods like frameworks, business-models, propositions and policy recommendations, in which residents’ experiences, wishes and needs are the central focus point, in order to enhance the social acceptance of circular energy renovation concepts.

4. Adoption of technical supportive innovations

This track focuses on the circular building transition in relation to the adoption of supportive innovations. The track covers various aspects of innovation adoption going beyond the ‘usual suspects’ hindering the adoption and uptake of innovation. The central research question addressed: How to get circular building (CB) innovations continues adopted beyond the sphere of influence of its inventors (crossing boundaries)? Issues covered and supported by empirical evidence encompass, are the maturity, status quo and/or rate of diffusion and adoption of CB innovations in various market segments, how decisions about the adoption of these innovations in building projects come about, strategies to cross the chasm between the adoption of these innovations in demonstration projects and full market uptake, and policy making supportive to CB innovation adoption and diffusion.

5. Building envelope development in the circular economy

This track focuses on the latest trends and developments in sustainable building design related to energy transition and circular economy. The energy transition is one of the triggering initiatives to improve the level of sustainability in the built environment, but with a focus on operational energy. In this track, attention will be dedicated to energy generation integrated in the building envelop, building envelop in relation to future climate change and circularity, and new generation materials in the building envelope (e.g. thermochromic, electrochromic and liquid crystals)Informal networking and meal for student delegates who have arrived early.