Hrvatski savjet za zelenu gradnju



Project description:

Concrete is an extensively used material in construction, but its production has a significant impact on carbon emissions. Cement production alone contributes between 5 and 8% of total annual CO2 emissions globally. Additionally, construction and demolition waste represent the largest source of waste in the European Union, leading to a target of 70% recycling as per the Waste Framework Directive.


Research indicates that using recycled concrete components can substantially reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption in the production phase by as much as 93 – 98% compared to the production of new materials or recycling of aggregates.


The main goal of the ReCreate project is to close the concrete cycle at the highest level of utilization by facilitating the deconstruction and reuse of prefabricated structural elements. This project also aims to enhance the technical and economic feasibility of deconstructing prefabricated concrete structures that were not originally designed for this purpose. The primary focus is on piloting deconstruction and reuse and researching the transition towards circular construction through systemic changes in the construction deconstruction sector.


The Croatian Green Building Council participates in a series of key activities within the ReCreate project.

This includes designing the communication strategy, developing the project’s visual identity and website, and participating in promotion through various channels such as social media, newsletters, and events. Additionally, one of the roles of GBC Croatia is to identify target groups and collaborative networks and seek synergies with other projects and organizations to expand the project’s reach and promote shared goals. This active role will contribute to the successful achievement of the ReCreate project’s objectives.

As part of this project, four pilot building projects will be constructed in Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

Within the construction of a new youth center, up to 150 selected disassembled concrete elements will be reused. Concrete elements that will not be recycled will first be crushed using hydraulic crushers. The reconstruction of the youth center in Hohenmölsen, with a planned gross area of 800 m², is scheduled for completion by the end of 2023.


The donor building for the Finnish pilot reuse project is located in the city of Tampere. It is a 7-story office building with about 3000 m2 of space, built in the early 1980s, with a fully prefabricated concrete frame. The building is slated for removal due to a change in land use from commercial to residential function, and the deconstruction and reuse are being carried out by the construction company Skanska Finland Ltd.


The pilot project of the Dutch cluster, named Prinsenhof A, is an office building located in the center of Arnhem. Prefabricated concrete elements will be used to construct two new facilities, a sports center, and a center for circular construction and deconstruction. The building’s deconstruction is being carried out by the company Lagemaat, and non-structural elements will also be reused as much as possible.


The pilot utilizes prefabricated concrete elements from the Drottninghög area for the construction of new residential buildings. This area is undergoing a renewal process, and the goal is to carefully use concrete elements from old buildings to reduce the carbon footprint of new constructions and promote a positive local history.

More information can be found on the project’s website: ReCreate
Project duration:

2021. – 2025.


12.494.045,02 EUR / GBC Croatia share : 238.280,00 EUR

Tampere University - COORDINATOR
Eindhoven University of Technology
LIIKE Oy Arkkitehtistudio
IMd Structural Engineers
LOHMANN UND ROBINSKI professional web solutions
P. Jähne Ingenieurbüro GmbH
Consolis VBI
Consolis Strängbetong
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Consolis Parma
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 958200

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