IS THE MATERIAL PASSPORT AN ADVANTAGE FOR THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR?

Author: Helene van der Vloed, Executive at Triocare

What would be the advantage for a health care organisation to register a material passport at Madaster for one or more of its buildings?

Composing a material passport for any building requires a BIM drawing of the particular building. Registration at Madaster means that a passport is made that lists all the materials present in the building; including windows, window frames, woodwork, brickwork, pipes and drains. The value of each of these materials is subsequently determined.

The value of the material according to the material passport prevents completely having to write off a building when the represented value declines to between 10% and 20%. The Executive Board can use the material passport in discussions with:

  • the accountant, to see if this creates any financial room for the health care organisation;
  • the organisation’s bank, about the question of whether the material passport provides more financial security than merely the value of the location and the building itself;
  • the organisation’s insurance company, about the effect of the material passport on the insurance policy.

Other effects include:

  •  When a health care building is demolished, the demolition company would need to reimburse the health care organisation for the value according to the material passport.
  • For the builders, it means that these materials can be reused in new builds.  
  • The fact that materials represent a certain value at the time of a building’s demolition has a direct impact on the criteria for new builds. This leads to anticipatory thinking instead of thinking about it afterwards.

This leads to anticipatory thinking instead of thinking about it afterwards.

If the health care sector, collectively, would decide to register material passports for all of its buildings, the effect in this chain would be enormous.

In such a case, Madaster would have a sizeable amount of registered materials, and health care organisations could thus create the required financial room. And this does not even include the possible increase in value of rare natural resources such as copper.

Conclusion: a stakeholder dialogue is needed to investigate the positive effects of the material passport and to come to new agreements. Such a dialogue should include all directly involved parties, such as Executive Boards, health care organisations, financiers, insurance companies and accountants, to discuss the effect of a material passport on the health care sector! On 20 September of last year, Triocare has taken steps to start such a dialogue in collaboration with the Province of Friesland and interested health care organisations and their partner institutes. A follow-up to this discussion is essential.

Why register?

As our planet is a closed system, we need to prevent waste incineration. The current system shows that when materials lose their identity they are considered waste. By giving them an identity by registering them in a material passport, they will not turn into waste.

What are the advantages of a material passport? New builds that are based on criteria for reuse and the lifecycle of materials lead to future-resilient and smartly developed buildings that support circularity.