Circular DigiBuild: Advancing Circular Economy in the Building Sector through Digital Innovation

In the Danube region, the construction and building industry faces challenges such as resource depletion, substantial waste generation, and significant greenhouse gas emissions. These issues are more pronounced in less developed countries, highlighting the urgent need for innovation. The sector's slow adoption of digital technologies further impedes progress towards circular, more sustainable construction practices.

Circular DigiBuild, realized within the Interreg Danube program and involving a consortium of 18 project partners, aims to bridge this gap by leveraging digital innovation to drive the circular economy (CE) within the construction sector. By harnessing technologies like big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT), the project seeks to transform construction practices across the Danube region. Initiated in January 2024 and with a project duration of 2.5 years, Circular DigiBuild aims to strategically address these pressing challenges.

Through collaborative efforts with quadruple-helix stakeholders, Circular DigiBuild will establish a dynamic innovation ecosystem, facilitated by a new cluster, to enhance regional capacities for innovation absorption and promote interregional cooperation in research, development, and innovation (RDI). In addition, the project will work to identify barriers to digital-led CE transitions and advocate for policy improvements on an administrative level. Circular DigiBuild will also seek out impactful innovations and demonstrate their feasibility through three pilot projects focusing on 'clean construction' practices.

Furthermore, the project will develop and disseminate a new strategy, supported by 13 national action plans, for enhancing circularity in the construction and building business across the Danube region. By scaling up successful pilot initiatives, Circular DigiBuild aims to drive sustainable development and resource optimization within the region.

You can find more information and stay up to date about the project here (website coming soon).