A system thinking perspective on accelerating circular construction

The purpose of this study is to create insight into feedback mechanisms and actions, on a socio- technical regime (meso) level, created by barriers and drivers for circular construction, that can help the Dutch construction industry increase the use of secondary materials and consequently contribute to a more environmentally friendly way of building. Developing these actions and feedback mechanisms is done by creating a causal loop diagram via a participatory research method called group model building. This research shows that organizations are currently driven to implement circular construction because of either internal motivation to reduce the environmental impact of construction, or due to the increasing number of governmental targets. However, these targets are unambiguous and therefore give insufficient guidance to the direction of the transition. Furthermore, the housing shortage causes an increasing important of cost which is another barrier since costs of circular construction are higher. The feedback mechanisms uncovered in this study relate to giving direction to the transition by learning-by-doing, creating acceptance by improving certification of secondary materials and creating market mechanisms by improving continuity of supply and demand.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen