CHARM (Circular Housing Asset Renovation and Management)

CHARM is about circularity in social housing construction and renovation: optimising the (re)use of materials and natural resources. No more downcycling.

SHAP is pleased to be a partner in the Interreg European-funded project, CHARM.

Recent events in series of CHARMing Talks #3: Urban Manufacturing in Circular Cities & Circular Procurement

Speakers: Anne Goidts and Tanya Tsui
Anne is project manager at KampC (Belgium) and Tanya is working as doctoral researcher at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). 
We talked with Tanya about her research on urban manufacturing in circular cities, and with Anne about circular procurement.

UK Inspiration Week, 14-18 Sept 2020

Watch the CHARM Inspiration Week videos on YouTube here

A wonderful week of inspirational sessions was held to inspire housing organisations, policy makers and communities. Daily sessions looked at the circular economy in housing and how communities can develop new homes and retrofit existing homes with minimal impact on the planet. Nearly 150 people from the UK and around Europe registered to attend the week’s sessions

The Inspirational Week’s AGENDA!

14 SEPT 2020: An introduction to CHARM – retrofit projects, CHARM in Paris Habitat and Zonnige Kempen focusing on Retrofit

15 SEPT 2020: An introduction to CHARM – new build projects, CHARM in Woonbedrijf and Accord Housing focusing on new build

16 SEPT 2020: The CHARM legacy – social impact with Professor David Mullins , Dr Halima Sacranie – University of Birmingham and Sultan Cetin-Ozturk – TU Delft

17 SEPT 2020: Accord plastic-free housing: Join us for the opening of the CHARM virtually plastic-free project

(+ASBP’s Dragons’ EcoDen on plastics (run by ASBP as a separate session; video currently not available)

18 SEPT 2020: A virtual tour of the facility which produces low carbon housing solutions across the UK

CHARM stands for Circular Housing Asset Renovation & Management. The project aims to reduce the amount of waste in the housing construction sector. The building sector is responsible for more than 60% of resource use in Europe, with more than 30-50% of material use taking place in the housing construction sector.

Project partners will be seeking to build a virtually plastic-free house alongside meeting some challenging recycling targets in Construction. In addition we are working on some Procurement Guidelines for a Circular Economy and a Material Exchange Platform.

INTRODUCTION: As part of its commitment to creating environmentally friendly homes, Accord Housing has won European Funding (Interreg NWE) for a trial to build 12 plastic-free houses. The European project, CHARM (Circular Housing Asset Renovation & Management), is a partnership with academic and social housing organisations in UK, Belgium, France and the Netherlands: thus providing contacts and opening up potential business opportunities in Europe for our suppliers.

One major issue for us in meeting our objective is the supply of a (virtually) plastic-free electrical insulator for the wiring in the new-build homes. We have launched an industry challenge to find suitable new innovative solutions, product(s) and supplier(s) using more natural materials or less plastic with two objectives. Read more…

CHARMing Talks on You Tube

Newsletters from CHARM

Read more on the Interreg website

Unless we go to Circular it’s game over for the planet. It’s game over for society.”
‘Closing The Loop’ is the world’s first feature length documentary on the zero-waste / circular economy, supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 on Responsible Production and Consumption.
Closing the Loop (Full-length Film) – English with Multi-Language Subtitles