Urban development, war and natural disasters cause homes to turn into mountains of rubble. The debris is seen as waste and used as a foundation for a new highways. But, it can be even more valuable. The Mobile Factory has developed a technique that ensures that construction debris can be used again for the (re)construction of houses.
Building with Lego blocks
From the rubble bricks are baked that have the same shape as Lego bricks, but of course a lot bigger. The mini factory in which this is done fits into two shipping containers and works according to the simple principle: ground rubble in, Lego blocks out. This has the advantage that very strong constructions can be made without cement, partly with the help of a specially written manual. That saves time and money, essential factors for people made homeless through disaster. In addition, The Mobile Factory offers training to people in disaster areas so that the victims of a disaster can build themselves dignified, earthquake-resistant homes.
Construction rubble is one of the largest ecological polluters worldwide.
It is, in terms of volume, the biggest polluter in the world. It pollutes and destroys the environment and is a danger to public health for people living in a disaster polluted area. The Mobile Factory shows that this debris can be regenerated into primary building material, showing that even rubble has a place in a circular economy. Not only the transformation of rubbel into stacking stones is circular, but also the building system itself. An obsolete structure is de-stacked, after which the stones can be used for another building.
The Best Practices
Holland Circular Hotspot (HCH) wants to support international cooperation on the circular economy, with the aim of creating business opportunities and promoting the exchange of knowledge and innovation. In the magazine Circular Is Going Global - Join Holland's Flow you can read which circular best practices the Netherlands has to offer.