ReBAU follows a paradigm shift: away from primary energy saving measures, towards comprehensive resource and climate protection in construction. Instead of a mere focus on the operating phase of buildings, the entire value chain in construction is addressed. By using natural resources efficiently and by following principles of the “circular economy” we can reduce CO2 emissions, raw material consumption and energy inputs to a minimum. By implementing these principles, ReBAU makes a significant contribution to a new building culture.
The overarching practical goal of ReBAU is to establish a competence center for a regional resource transition in the built environment, in which businesses, public authorities, research and civil society cooperate in various ways, including e.g. the provision of new education activities. The project also proceeds with special pilot activities: New circular products are established and a digital raw material exchange plattform is brought on its way. Innovation scouting will support the planning of fundamentally new types of construction in the Rhenish Mining Area. Also, special planning activities for a prototypical neighborhood are conducted. These steps help the construction industry in North Rhine-Westphalia to play a pioneering role in environmentally friendly construction. ReBAU is mobilizing potential for cost-neutral climate protection through resource efficiency and circular added value in the construction industry that has hardly been noticed until now.
Rhenish Mining Area
The Region were ReBAU is implementing a resource transition in the building industry is called the Rhenish Mining Area, situated in the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia in West Germany. It is home to 12,544 building industry companies, the highest density in Germany. The area is historically shaped by the extraction of primary materials such as coal.