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Circular Economy

 

The Green Construction Board (GCB) has set up a Circular Economy Working Group to help catalyse what the industry needs to do, both in practice and in research, across the construction lifecycle and by the many different professionals and sectors to embed circular economy thinking in the built environment. The work of the new group builds on the work carried out previously by the GCB’s Greening the Industry Group which has now concluded. The resources from that work remain available on the GCB website.

Circular economy thinking means maintaining access to materials and resources for continual and future use. With an ever expanding human population and rising standards of living across the globe, it is likely to be the only viable option to maintain standards of living. Much of the work to develop CE thinking to date has been focused on short-lived consumer goods such as phones, computers, washing machines etc. But can this thinking also be applied to buildings and infrastructure that exist for decades if not centuries. Examples of the reuse of buildings or construction materials and products litter the millennia, but how can modern buildings and modern materials be designed to be better used, last longer and be available for similar or alternate purposes at end of life.

 

Click on the button to the right to find out more about the 2017 event - Circular Economy Workshop 2017

Click on the button to the right to find out more about the 2016 event - Circular Economy Workshop 2016