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- circular building materials

The ReCirculate initiative was launched based on the need for new ways to build our cities. The building materials we use today cause major climate emissions in Sweden and other countries. To reduce the climate impact, we must minimize the extraction of new materials and promote materials that have a low climate impact. 

There is great potential to use materials already present in the urban environment. Research and innovation is therefore essential to develop new material flows and increase circularity. ReCirculate aims to explore innovative ways to use existing materials, by reusing materials and products from demolition and redevelopment projects and by developing new products using 'waste clay' as a raw material. 

New building products developed within the initiative will be used in the construction of the City of Gothenburg's "fossil-free" preschools and in the long term in several future construction projects. The long-term effect of increased circularity is reduced climate impact in the construction sector.


  • Project Manager: Elsa Fahlén, City of Gothenburg
  • Partners: City of Gothenburg, Bengt Dahlgren Göteborg AB, White Arkitekter AB, Wingårdh arkitektkontor AB, earthLAB Studio ekonomisk förening, Chalmers University of Technology.
  • Total budget: SEK 5 755 950
  • Grant applied for: SEK 2 866 586
  • Start date: 2019-11-22 
  • End date: 2022-10-31
  • Type of action: innovation
  • Keywords: innovation, fossil-free, climate-neutral, building products, clay, reuse

More about the initiative