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CYCLE UP, A BANK OF MATERIALS ONLINE is an online marketplace that matches recycling opportunities resulting from decommissioned sites with new builds or renovation projects, to encourage the upcycling of materials

Multiple benefits for projects and regions
Reduced carbon impact + Reduced waste + Non-renewable material savings + Lower construction costs + Lower imports and relocation of supplies + Creation of non-relocatable jobs + Development of a community-oriented economy

This materials database will provide project owners, designers and builders with all the information they need regarding their reuse (type, amount, date of availability, location, and so on).

Preventing construction waste is the no. 1 priority of the French National Prevention Plan for 2014-2020. Under the 2008/98/EC directive of 19 November 2008, § 2.1.3, Article 29 stipulates an obligation for each EU member state to implement a waste prevention programme, examining a number of waste prevention measures so as to determine their suitability, and periodically assessing these national plans.

The construction industry produces 41% of the total tonnage of waste generated in France. Construction waste amounted to 260 million tonnes (mT) in 2010, including 39 mT from buildings.

This target also features in the energy transition bill for green growth. Yet there is currently no way of knowing the type, quantity or spatial availability of materials from decommissioning. This is because there is:

  • A general ignorance about the potential of materials reuse
  • Currently no way of quickly identifying leftover and reusable materials from a building
  • No way of knowing the availability of materials from decommissioned buildings

Based on this finding, the creation of a user-friendly, creative online marketplace should enable project owners and designers to know the quantity, type, time and location of available resources, and to determine the potential incorporation of these materials through integration examples.

The service creates value for all professionals operating in real estate and construction:

  • Designers from the Egis Group use it to source and contribute materials resulting from, or useful for, their projects
  • Architects can use it to find materials in order to meet recycling objectives and fulfil the principles of circular economy
  • For project owners, it is a way of fulfilling the objectives of the energy transition law that apply to their asset base
  • Demolition companies can use it to identify new recycling opportunities and avoid waste disposal costs
  • Builders can source materials locally and at a low cost
  • Designers can use it to offer new sustainability solutions
  • Work integration social enterprises and other businesses can become partners and develop a dedicated service


  • Wooden floors, staircase handrails and 20,000 sqm of technical flooring have been recycled and put to use in the Pulse office building currently under construction at the Parc des Portes de Paris. These materials were taken from the DEFENCE 7 building currently being demolished in Nanterre
  • For the development of its offices, Orée selected Extramuros, a specialist in designing furniture created from recycled materials. Extramuros Paris is one of Cycle Up’s 1st partners