Reinventing the built environment



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In depth and interactive exploring a zero impact built environment, circularity, closing cycles.


advising, exploring and defining sustainable projects goals, climate neutrality,

how to create a 0-impact built environment

Thats the central question with RiBuilT, Research Institute Built environment of Tomorrow.
Find out more on how this can contribute to your research or building project.

RiBuilT activities

latest: People vs Resources

the world is an island in space, we cant get of, and nothing is added anymore.

public interest

a few examples of the interest in the activities from the past year. A complete overview in the News section under : “in the News”

(video) Interview on ‘circular’

I was interviiiewed about 0-impact , circular and closing cycles in support of the “circular design certificate program” by the TU/E(English): 

journal Paper CO2 budget

There is a maximum budget of CO2 emissions before we cross the 1,5 or 2 degree climate heating limit. the paper explores how to dictribute this budget for the built environment. 

land is our capital

Land is the real capital, its where solar energy is converted  in useful resources for mankind: energy, food, materials , even once in fossil fuels.  (interview in Dutch)

Other information channels

together with collegues from Europe, we explore the consequences of the limited CO2 budgets under the 1,5 and 2 degree scenario
buildings carbon budgets

maximising exergy in the system is the most optimal way to deal with resources. MAXergy is the methodology for this, with Embodied Land as real value.

I report regularly on new insights , findings and dicsussions om my blog pages, in Dutch and in English.
ronald rovers blog

Latest News

In the news 2020:

radio interviews brainport radio (Eindhoven regional radio): business radio (Dutch): Vroege Vogels (Early Birds-national radio nature program (Dutch): minuut 16.30 interviews Cobouw, (National newspaper for building sector)[…]

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Current work

Most news is now published on ( English), and (Dutch) . Work is currently executed for: – IEA EBS Annex 72: lifecycle energy, – research in EROI for[…]

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COP22 : CO2 budgets and buildings

The past week I could participate in COP22 during Buildings Day, with a presentation on the consequences of the Paris agreement for the buildings and the building sector. We have[…]

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