Project BAMB: Reversible Experience Modules in Real Estate / Construction


Developed by EPEA Netherlands, the Reversible Experience Modules (REMs) form a traveling interactive exhibition on circular building, which displays 70 products and systems designed for reuse, recovery, and recycling in circular buildings. Each material and product inside the REMs exhibition is available on the market and labelled with a Materials Passport. Visitors of the exhibit can manipulate the products and gain direct access to the online Materials Passport data for each by scanning the product’s QR code with their phone.    

Key Takeaways

"The REMs project highlights the importance of material passports.  They provide data that helps prevent waste, improve resource productivity, and reduce emissions. 

The exhibition provides tangible means for professionals from the built environment to interact and discover the integration of the passports, healthy materials, and reversible design. The team has tested the understanding of the passports as a source of valuable interchangeable data to be used within different construction phases."  

"Based on the experience in other industries, digitalisation is expected to drive innovative disruption in the construction industry. By exploring the relationship between physical products and the related digital data, REMs, the largest
traveling exhibition on circular building materials in Europe, supports the prospect of the development of new business models, potential new players, and new market opportunities."


Project Achievements
"The pilot has been assembled and disassembled six times with almost no waste production. A small set up was presented at Brussels Environment HQ, early 2018. The first full-size construction was presented at Ecobuild, in London
in March 2018. In spring 2018, it travelled to Watford, UK and Building Holland. The set up was redesigned for the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, just before arriving in Westerlo, Belgium. The exhibition  gathered insightful feedback for the improvement of the BAMB passports ICT platform."    

Project Stakeholders

The project is developed by EPEA Netherlands. The exhibition attracted a large number of visitors: architects, contractors, suppliers, building owners, project developers, and dismantlers.   

Project Outputs

1. Improvement of the BAMB passports ICT platform.
2. Development of solutions to link the data from the ICT platform with the physical material or element (QR Codes, etc.)
3. Reversible Design solutions: The structure itself was designed and built applying a reversible building design approach. The assembly, disassembly and relocation of the exhibition (six times during one year), showcased the reversibility of the whole setup and its adaptability to different configurations."    

Project Replicability

Replicable. The REMs highlights cross-sectoral opportunities. Being an exhibition module, it uses modularity and reversible construction systems conceived for optimised multiple uses.

Project Scalability

Scalable. The solutions developed can readily be transferred from exhibition setups to other construction sectors, e.g. partition walls for residential, commercial or health facilities, or temporary setups. 

Three Main Challenges?

"1. Need for additional stuff to guide the assembly and disassembly 
2. During some fairs the ‘breakdown’ time is significantly shorter than the build-up time. This does not work well for stands that need to be disassembled, where roughly the same amount of time is required to disassemble the exhibition as the time required building it up. This will need to change when reversible design will more and more become the norm.
3. Visualizations have been developed to showcase the products and their relevance for a circular economy."  

Three Main Successes ?

"1. The exhibition visited highly interesting locations. Expectations were exceeded, by visiting locations such Ecobuild and Building Holland, and being present in the main building during the Dutch Design Week.
2. The exhibition while being presented at BRE’s offices was subjected to thorough VOC testing (materail health) and as should be expected no issues were found.
3. The assembly and disassembly occurred smoothly, with only some damages requiring repairs or replacements throughout the events up to this point."


Additional Tags:  Construction and demolition waste management, Design for disassembly, reuse and easy to recycle, Other