The construction industry consumes 50% of the UK’s total material demand and produces nearly 60% of all waste. There is a strong evidence base from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and others, that the Circular Economy provides a huge economic opportunity. Further, the Circular Economy can help eliminate dependencies on volatile markets, minimise environmental emissions and develop resilient communities. However, the transition in the construction sector has proven to be particularly complex and difficult. The biggest challenges are often not technical; rather they tend to be cultural, commercial and legal.
Delivering circular solutions and reaping their benefits requires clients to act differently about the way they set briefs and procure projects, developers to collaborate across disciplines and the supply chain to explore new and innovative business models. It needs architects, engineers, contractors, product manufacturers and suppliers to fundamentally rethink design processes and construction methods, and to consider the implications of their decisions on the whole lifecycle of an asset. These are problems we are very familiar with and have taken a systemic approach to addressing in our Circular Economy work in the construction sector.
We’ve built our service offer around the well-known double diamond design process model and our experience of working as an interdisciplinary group of architects, engineers, consultants, designers and educators.
In a new blog series around our Circular Economy Portfolio, we share some of the insights we have gained during more than a decade of working on circular solutions:
- Circular Economy in Action Part I – Sharing Insights
- Circular Economy in Action Part II – Five steps to success for a Circular Economy in the built environment
- Circular Economy in Action Part III – Ground breaking Circular Economy planning policy