The Energy Policy, Innovation & Circularity team (EPIC) in EnergyVille/VITO provides science and fact-based advice in four expertise areas: Energy and Climate Policy Evaluation, Building Assessment and Circularity, Policy Innovation in the Built Environment and Societal Aspects of the Energy Transition. The EPIC team is part of EnergyVille, a collaboration between the Belgian research partners VITO, KU Leuven, IMEC and UHasselt.
We are looking for a driven Life Cycle Assessment and Circularity expert to support our interdisciplinary team.
Within our experienced and motivated EPIC team, we conduct research in the field of life cycle assessment (LCA), circularity assessment and guidance, digital building passports, material and component flows and innovations within the built environment. The scale of each study can vary, from raw materials and building materials to the level of neighbourhoods and cities. We work for and with a variety of customers: companies and governments, both at local, regional, national and European level. But most important, we are a great team that has fun together! Does this sound good to you? Then you might just become our enthusiastic new colleague ...
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Examples of projects
In the European funded research project DRASTIC, 23 partners from Europe develop and assess, 5 different demonstrators with different innovative designs, construction/renovation methods in different geographic zones and focusing on different building components, with distinct local environmental, social, and economic conditions. We are leading this project and our role is to develop product and building process and design guidelines including a multi-cycle LCA (M-LCA) and multi-cycle LCC (M-LCC) approach and circularity and sufficiency indicators, aligned with the EU Level(s) framework for sustainable buildings, to validate performance measurements.
The renovation of the conference building on the Joint Research Center in Geel (Belgium) offers a unique opportunity to put the New European Bauhaus Initiative into practice. It is also an opportunity to ensure that the European Green Deal results in a real construction project that is sustainable, attractive and inclusive, both intrinsically and in the way it is realised. Our team is closely involved in assessing the sustainability of the entire project via Level(s), a new European framework for examining the sustainability of buildings.
In the Demo-BLog project several functionalities of Digital Building Logbooks will be developed, demonstrated and evaluated. Our team focuses on the “material and multi-cycle circularity” functionality as a driver for enhanced reuse marketplaces. We will evaluate the potential contribution of the Digital Building Logbooks for circular buildings. Several Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life-cycle cost analyses (LCC) and circularity scans will be carried out.
The overall objective of the EUROFER Environmental Footprint project is to prepare the building blocks of potential future Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) on steel products. In anticipation of further legislative requirements making use of the Environmental Footprint method, EUROFER would like to further investigate the building blocks of a potential steel specific PEFCR and future LCA data needs.
Join us in reshaping the future of the built environment!