Raising the roof: a Belgian world first in renovation


A Belgian company has managed to successfully lay the world’s first fully recyclable; 'circular' flat roof on a building in Kampenhout (in the province of Flemish Brabant).

Circular, in this case, refers to the fact that an old roof is being reused on a new building.

The goal of Tectum Group, the family-run company based in Genk (in the province of Limburg), is to be a pioneer in completely circular roofs that can be disassembled and reused.

Tectum’s innovation allows for the roof to be taken apart without damaging its structure, with a system that doesn’t use glue but involves a mechanical solution with a clicking system.

The feat that this business accomplished on the site of Retail Estates in Kampenhout was a test case, and the test was a success, setting the tone for further achievements.

While a second-hand roof is already an amazing achievement, Tectum Group’s director and head of innovation Filip Biesemans wants to continue taking steps forward. His dream is “a fully circular, functional and smart building envelope.”

Biesemans pledged that the company’s R&D department will “continue to run at full speed and focus on the entire roof and facade.”

One thing is for sure: in the case of these Belgian innovators, there is no ceiling… the sky is the limit!