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About the project

The PROGRESS project provides methodologies, tools and recommendations on reusing steel-based components from existing and planned buildings. The project particularly targets the design for deconstruction and reuse of envelopes, load-bearing frames, trusses and secondary elements of single-storey buildings (SSBs) framed in steel.

Examples of typical single-storey steel buildings

This building type has broad applicability as industrial, commercial, sports, exhibition, warehouse facilities, and shows most potential in suitability for reuse and viability for circular economy business models. The whole life benefits of reusable single-storey steel buildings will be quantified from environmental and economic viewpoints. The outcomes will be extensively disseminated in particular among manufacturers, designers, contractors and researchers.

Project plan

Duration: 1.6.2017–31.5.2020


Main outcomes

Reusability assessment procedure
Methodology for declaration of environmental benefits
Material quality verification protocol
Legal and standardization framework
Design recommendations published in ECCS series
New hybrid energy-efficient and reusable envelope
Environmental and economic assessment (methodology and case studies)
Recommendations on BIM use
Prototype of information-sharing internet portal