With the increasing demand for the provision of buildings and infrastructure and at the same time reducing material and energy supplies available usage, the adoption of a circular economy offers one viable solution to address these challenges. The development of the circular economy and supporting systems can be seen as a critical component in the more effective management of resources within the construction and associated industries. To develop the circular economy effectively new business models and new supporting infrastructure needs to be developed, so that built asset service-life can be extended and the end-of-life can be properly managed to achieve net zero waste. Some of these aspects can be as follows:
- Documentation and classification of built assets materials, components and assemblies within a holistic framework for circular economy in the whole life cycle and integration into existing informational systems
- Material degradation processes prediction modelling, considering variables participating and affection of material and product service-life
- Analysis of new business models in construction: reuse, recycle, repair, remanufacture, adaptation, leasing, etc.
- Development of expert systems to assist in circular economy solutions
- Use of digital technologies to improve circular economy in construction, such as Internet of Things (IoT), computer vision, AI, etc.
- Evaluation of carbon savings in circular economy solutions and their impact in the building sector decarbonisation
We are seeking applicants for a PhD candidate with a background in construction, and strong interest in circular economy. There will be the possibility to be integrated in a team of PhD students working on different projects about circular economy in construction, where they can share knowledge and experiences to support their work.