Greenbuild International Conference & Expo 2023

Washington, DC | 25th until 29th of September 2023

The Greenbuild Conference and Expo stands as the premier global gathering for professionals dedicated to the advancement of sustainable construction. This yearly event provides an unparalleled platform for attendees to gather insights and discover innovative strategies aimed at enhancing the durability, eco-friendliness, and overall livability of our constructed environments, spanning from individual structures to sprawling urban landscapes.

Holland Circular Hotspot, together with the Ministry for the Environment and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will present the Dutch approach to unlocking circular solutions in the built environment at the Greenbuild Conference.


The Dutch approach to unlocking circular solutions in the built environment

Date: Wednesday 27th of September
Time: 13:45 – 14:45 US EDT
Location: Room 207B

The Netherlands has set a national goal to be fully circular in 2050 and to reduce the use of raw materials by 50% in 2030. In the Netherlands, the construction sector is responsible for 50% of the total raw material use and 40% of the materials used in this sector is discarded after use. Similar numbers are observed globally. In order to meet the national goal, it is essential to decrease these numbers.

The Dutch are known for their innovative capacity, entrepreneurship, and collaborative nature. This session highlights some of the principles utilized and explored to stimulate this attitude for the benefit of the construction industry. These are amongst others the introduction of progressive standards and minimum performance requirements for the built environment as well as a strategic re-evaluation of funding and procurement mechanisms.



Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the Dutch approach and the current status in the transition to a circular built environment.
  • To learn about game-changing circular solutions in the built environment.
  • To understand how different stakeholders (public and private) play a role in and benefit from the transition to a circular built environment.



Jan Top, Senior Advisor for Infrastructure and Water Management,
Netherlands Consulate in San Francisco

Sandra Onwijn, Acting Director for the transition towards a Circular Economy,
Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

Stéphanie Schuitemaker, Project Manager Internationalization,
Holland Circular Hotspot

Roeland van Delden, Founder and CEO, Leadax

Luuk van Gemert, Circular Economy Consultant, Rebel Group

Job Coenen, Senior Program Manager Sustainability, Akzo Nobel