Circular EcoBIM

Circular EcoBIM wants to exploit the potential of BIM to improve the choice of material and the assembly of constructive elements so that, at the end of life of the building, the materials can be reclaimed, reused and recycled, and the environmental impacts reduced. This will be accomplished with the development of three tools. The first tool is a database that collects information about the environmental performance and circularity potential of construction materials. A product data template allows organizing and directing the collection of data for the specific application of the remaining tools of Circular EcoBIM. The second tool are software plugins for existing BIM software that allow calculating a circularity passport, LEVEL(s) system indicators for sustainable buildings, and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) based on the building design. The third tool is a digital twin platform that enables the visualization and interaction with the BIM model and the environmental performance in a digital environment. Information gets synchronized between the Digital Twin, BIM software and the database, which allows the building manager to access all project data, rather than having to browse through multiple data sources. The Circular EcoBIM is supported by the EEA Grants, a close cooperation between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

Project Consortium

3drivers is an environmental services, technology and R&D consultancy, focused on circular economy and waste management. 3drivers is the promotor of Circular EcoBIM.

CERIS – Civil Engineering Research and Innovation for Sustainability – is research unit operating in the Civil Engineering area and hosted by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon.

IN+ – Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research – is a cross-disciplinary research unit combining technology, innovation and public policies, and hosted by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon.

CentralBIM offers BIM related services that include 3D modeling and laser scanning of building projects.

Atelier dos Remédios Arquitectura
Atelier dos Remédios (ATREM) is an architectural office that provides full architecture services for public and private sectors in Portugal and abroad.

VIC Properties
VIC Properties is a real estate developer that focuses on residential property development in Portugal.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology is a university of international reference with a scientific and technological profile.

About EEA grants

Through the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are partners, in the internal market, of the Member States of the European Union. Parties of the EEA Agreement have established a Multiannual Financial Mechanism, known as EEA Grants, to reduce social and economic disparities in Europe and to strengthen bilateral relations between Donor States and Beneficiary States. In Portugal, the implementation of the EEA Grants fund is monitored by the National Management Unit (UNG), which acts as a National Focal Point for donor countries.

Supported by

Iceland Liechtenstein Norway grants

Programme operator

República Portuguesa - Ambiente e Ação Climática


3 Drivers IST CentralBIM NTNU Atelier dos Remédios VIC Properties