Circular economy in the built environment – where to start

By November 3, 2023Circular materials

If you want to get serious about creating circular materials response this Circular Economy framework by project stage is a good starting point. (The Framework is from “The Circular Economy in the Australian Built Environment: the State of Play and Research Agenda paper – from Deakin University).

Then, consider circular materials (in conjunction with low carbon) options at the following stages of construction.

  • Plumbers – underground and above ground pipework – recycled PVC content, recycling PVC, PVC alternatives
  • Concrete slabs and footings – recycled materials content and geopolymers
  • Aggregates and sand – recycled aggregates and glass, alternatives
  • Suspended concrete floors – simple thermal mass in domestic builds and low excavation impact
  • Roofing – insulation integrity
  • Timber framing and fixings – circularity
  • SIPs – low carbon variants
  • Bricks + blockwork – recycled and low carbon
  • Insulation – recycled content
  • Windows – recycled content and low carbon variants
  • Electrical – recycling
  • Plastering – recycling, installation, material alternatives
  • Mechanical heating and cooling – technology choice and ductwork considerations
  • Joinery – boards and fixings
  • Carpet and carpet tiles – materials and installation
  • Site management to support the above – Construction Waste Minimisation and Management Plans

If you want to fill in the gaps and find solutions within many of these categories we can help review your design and specification.

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