New partnership for a more sustainable a more digitalised construction sector


Anno 2024, building and renovation in Belgium is still a, mainly, manual affair. Although some initiatives are emerging here and there, digitisation in the construction sector is still in its infancy. There are important opportunities to make construction processes more efficient, reduce failure costs and deploy personnel in a more targeted way with a focus on comfort and safety. Research and innovation can help make construction processes more efficient through prefabrication, increase quality, reduce failure costs and achieve climate goals by making the new and existing building stock more sustainable.

Digitisation is a must

Digitalisation solutions have become increasingly cost-competitive in recent years, which means they can deliver significant cost savings for construction companies. This technology provides a foundation for follow-up steps in quality assurance, productivity enhancement and allows us to make the best use of available resources, including the reuse of products, components and raw materials.

EnergyVille and Flanders Make join forces

To support the building sector and the entire construction value chain, EnergyVille and Flanders Make are joining forces. In the collaboration, these partners bring their state-of-the-art technology to the table.

  • EnergyVille focuses on the development of innovative building elements, improved energy performance and integral sustainability throughout the life cycle buildings, elements and materials, supported by the Thoreaq and Constructhor infrastructure at Thor Park Genk.
  • Flanders Make focuses on design techniques for assembly and manufacturing, digitisation of design and manufacturing processes, operator support and semi- and fully automated manufacturing processes.

This cooperation is also enhanced thanks to the cooperation, expertise and sector knowledge of BuildwiseEmbuild en Agoria.

Based on these competences, EnergyVille and Flanders Make have identified four areas in which new technology will be developed to support companies:

  • Design rules for on-site (de)assembly of precast building elements and systems for first-time-right design and construction
  • Automation technology for new construction and renovation in the factory and on site
  • Automated, generative design of building systems
  • Building design with maximum reuse of components and materials from existing construction

Matchmaking event September 2024

The focus of this collaboration is to realise impact on the construction sector within two to maximum four years. We are therefore looking for industrial partners who want to work more closely together through various innovation projects. We offer support from our expertise, both for the development of research proposals and for the realisation of the projects.


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