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Madaster Report Summary

Project ID: 779024

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Madaster (Towards a circular economy: Eliminate waste through an open platform that facilitates material passports)

Reporting period: 2017-05-01 to 2017-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

“Waste is Material without an Identity” – Thomas Rau, architect
Our planet is a closed system with finite resources. The current economic system is strongly based on consuming and discarding materials and products. Combined with the growing population and strong economic growth this leads to a rapid depletion of the earth’s valuable resources while creating huge amounts of waste. We consume materials at a rate that requires 6 Earths by 2050 to meet our current demand for resources. Continuing our current way of living and consuming, all our critical materials will be depleted within 10 to 50 years from now, leading to severe economic scarcity. Therefore, it is critical to change our current linear economy and move towards a sustainable circular economy in which resources are reused and recycled while eliminating the production of waste. Looking beyond the current ‘take, make, use and dump’ extractive industrial model, the circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design. Relying on system-wide innovation, the circular economy aims to redefine products and services to create resources from waste, while minimising negative impacts. The economic value of creating such a circular economy can increase the efficiency of resource use with up to 3% annually. This may not seem like much, but this adds up to benefits of €1.8 trillion by 2030 in Europe alone.
A surge of initiatives that aim to make the move toward more sustainable circular models of reuse and recycling have been launched in recent years. However, most of the circular initiatives failed to create sustainable material cycles due to a lack of usable information on material contents and manner of construction. This information is of utmost importance to allow re-use and recycling of materials and thus, to maintain the material’s value. Consequently, this will result in the thoughtful deconstruction of products, maintaining their valuable materials and subsequent re-use or recycling, minimizing waste.
The aim of this Madaster project is to provide a disruptive and vital innovation towards a circular economy by providing the necessary material and product information through the Madaster platform.
To achieve this, the following project objectives are defined:
1. Produce Material Passports of construction objects in an operational setting. These Material Passports contain:
- an overview of products, components and materials used in a specific construction object;
- a current financial valuation of those products and materials;
- an assessment of the share of value that can be retained when a building is deconstructed (circular value).
2. Develop protocols for data extraction and integration of resource-related information of construction.
3. Create an open-standard IT infrastructure to enhance interoperability with other systems that will make use of the resource-related information of construction objects in the database.
4. Develop a clearly defined business strategy for the Madaster Platform, the Material Passport and data services.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

WP1 – Platform development
Overall progress 70%
All tasks as described under 'Description of work and role of partners'in the Grant Agreement have been completed according to the mentioned percentages, with the exeption of work mentioned under 'Note' for the relevant tasks within the work package.
Statement of requirements (90%)
Note: in view of the iterative nature of this project, a definite and final statement of requirements will never be finished; new and unforeseen functionalities will always be added to the requirements.
Platform structuring (progress: 70%)
Note: mapping to financial information will be part of the development phase that takes place during the second reporting period.
Development protocol non-BIM files (progress: 80%)
Note: financial data will follow in the development phase during the second reporting period
Note: import functionality for other non-BIM information files will be added in the development phase during the second reporting period.
Protocols easy exportation (progress: 60%)
Note: the interactive web format for clients of the open platform will follow in the development phase during the second reporting period
Note: financial information will follow in the development phase during the second reporting period
Note: the full version of the API system will be delivered as part of the development during the second reporting period
Continuous improvements iterative process (progress: 70%)

WP2 – Data management: integrity, scalability, security
Overall progress 100%
All tasks as described under 'Description of work and role of partners'in the Grant Agreement have been completed.
Highly scalable platform development (progress: 100%)
Security and data management (progress: 100%)

WP3 – Direct data integration
Overall progress 40%
All tasks as described under 'Description of work and role of partners'in the Grant Agreement have been completed according to the mentioned percentages, with the exeption of work mentioned under 'Note' for the relevant tasks within the work package.
Development model circular valuation (progress: 100%)
Development rule engine circular valuation (progress: 80%)
Note: the financial valuation of materials will be developed during the second reporting period
Development model financial valuation (progress: 0%)

WP4 – Machine learning algorithm development for database expansion of non-BIM buildings
Overall progress 0%
No progress yet, analysis, realisation and implementation are part of the development phase during the second and/or reporting period.

WP5 – Inter-country adaptability to gain Europe-wide coverage
Overall progress 0%
No progress yet, analysis, realisation and implementation are part of the development phase during the second and/or third reporting period.

WP6 – Business model definition
Overall progress 10%
All tasks as described under 'Description of work and role of partners'in the Grant Agreement have been completed according to the mentioned percentages, with the exeption of work mentioned under 'Note' for the relevant tasks within the work package.
Research different business models (progress: 100%)
Selection and in-depth research business models (progress: 0%)
Strategy definition based on business models (progress: 0%)
Communication and dissemination (progress: 0%)

WP7 – Project management
Overall progress 33%
1/3 of project length

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The project is well underway to achieve its expected results as described in the Grant Agreement. In this first reporting period Madaster has developed the first version of the Madaster platform and released it to the public. This Minimal Viable Product foresees in a large number of functionalities (also see previous content block) and reports. All deliverables and milestones as requested for reporting period 1 have been completed and uploaded succesfully. In order to validate realised functionalities on the Madaster platform, a demo account has been made available to the EC. Details regarding this account are available under each work package section in the continuous reporting ('MdS - SMEInst-01-2016-2017 - Attachment - Madaster platform login credentials demo account.pdf').

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