Possibilities to promote circular economy in mid-rise timber construction in the project planning and early design phases

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This paper examines the client’s decisions and actions taking place in the early project planning phase that could promote a circular economy in mid-rise timber construction projects. During the early planning phase, the client has an integral role in setting targets for circularity that the assembled construction actor-network carries out and tries to accomplish. However, the current research lacks concrete conceptualization and categorization of how circular economy principles can be carried out by the client in mid-rise timber projects. Therefore, the paper analyses one mid-rise timber construction project that has promoted circularity in all the life cycle stages. The study is conducted using a qualitative single case study method to identify which actors, resources, and activities can be utilized in the construction actor-network to achieve circularity targets set in project brief. The main finding is that a single actor in the construction actor-network has limited resources to promote circular economy in a mid-rise timber construction project and collective activities among project members are required to achieve circular economy targets. To conclude, the paper adds to the existing research by clarifying the client’s role in utilizing the full circular economy potential of the construction actor-network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication13th World Conference on Timber Engineering, WCTE 2023
EditorsAnders Q. Nyrud, Kjell Arne Malo, Kristine Nore, Knut Werner Lindeberg Alsen, Saule Tulebekova, Efthymia Ratsou Staehr, Gabrielle Bergh, Wendy Wuyts
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-71387-327-3
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventWorld Conference on Timber Engineering - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 19 Jun 202322 Jun 2023


ConferenceWorld Conference on Timber Engineering
Abbreviated titleWCTE
Internet address


  • actor-network analysis
  • circular construction
  • timber buildings

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Forestry


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