Circular construction

The construction and property sector in the Netherlands is a major user in the use of primary raw materials. Besides this, the sector is responsible for 50% of the CO2 emissions and 45% of the waste production. Jan Snel wants to reduce these percentages drastically and has expressed the ambition to manufacture and build circular within a few years.

What is circular construction?

Circular construction means that all products, materials and raw materials can be reused over and over again. This will retain their value as much as possible. That is what we call the closed circuit. Not only repurposing and reuse is considered in the use of materials, but also the origin. Jan Snel wants to provide insight into the environmental impact (including CO2 emissions and waste treatment) of a product from the cradle to the grave.

Jan Snel in numbers

350

We employ 350 people at Jan Snel

140

Jan Snel had a turnover of €140 million in 2018

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Jan Snel offers 10 different types of housing

2018

Jan Snel created 225,800 m² of housing in 2018.

What are the advantages of circular construction?

Sustainability has priority on the political agenda. For example, the government is aiming for a completely circular economy by 2050. Jan Snel wants to work towards a zero-waste policy today by reusing all materials to the highest standard and thus manufacturing 100% circularly in the near future.

This aim is to contribute to a sustainable future for both the economy and the environment. The materials also retain their value because they can be reused in the future, which is financially attractive. In addition, these circular plans are cheaper for the user of a space. Comfort levels will increase, because it is more likely that ecological materials such as stone wool and woodfibre insulation will be used in the future.


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More information about the circular construction process

The reusability of products has already been taken into account during the design phase of modular construction. Jan Snel manufactures units (the standard size is 3 x 6 metres) that can be used in a variety of ways. Production workers can reposition the walls to make a space larger or smaller. The demountable units are easily disassembled and can be rebuilt at another location. That is why modular construction is also called flexible construction.

Modular construction can always meet the demand of the society because of this flexibility. Student homes are easily converted to senior homes and an office building in Amsterdam can be converted into a school in Rotterdam in no time. The demountable structures and materials remain available, so little to no residual waste is left when a building no longer meets the requirements for whatever reason.

How is the origin of circular materials determined?

Jan Snel not only wants to reuse the units, but also has the ambition to construct entirely in a closed circuit in the future. To achieve this, Jan Snel is working on a revolutionary platform called EcoChain. Through this platform, we can test all the stages of the manufacturing process for CO2 emissions and waste treatment. In this way, Jan Snel hopes to encourage companies to achieve circularity throughout their entire manufacturing chain.

Another major step Jan Snel wants to take is a circular design whereby buildings are designed in such a way that all materials are reused in new buildings. This is our ambition for the coming years.

Do you have the solution for my demand?

Jan Snel has more than 55 years of builder experience. In that time, we have found a solution for every challenge.
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Circular construction

Wendy van Duijnhoven – Marketing & Communication Manager

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