The construction sector in the UK continues to be an enabling factor for economic growth. We are continually adapting the way we build to deliver more sustainable assets and we are increasingly realising the benefits from embedding sustainability as a fundamental part of the strategy and project delivery process. However, construction is still the largest contributor to waste in the UK and has scope to impact significantly on the ability to meet national reduction targets through the implementation of circular economy and materials resource efficiency.
Circular Economy means we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of life. It is a more efficient and environmentally sound alternative to the traditional linear economy in which we make, use and dispose of resources (London Circular).
Circular economy and materials resource efficiency have gained a large amount of attention at policy level with commitments from the European Union, UK devolved administrations and Local Authorities being introduced. This has driven companies to increasingly seek to incorporate circularity and resource efficiency as significant parts of their sustainability strategy.
CIRIA members have identified Material Resource Efficiency, a key facet of the circular economy as a key area requiring further support and development in the construction industry. In addition, CIRIA’s custodianship of the WRAP built environment database provides a useful positioning to develop further research in this field.
Implementing circular economy and materials resource efficiency will be critical to the construction industry’s continued success and will support businesses to not only reduce costs, but to identify innovative strategies, services and products to meet the changing needs of society. There is increasing awareness that improved material resource efficiency will produce benefits across the construction industry such as cost savings, reduced environmental impact and an enhanced reputation.
Delegates attending this event will improve their awareness, understanding and application of circular economy and materials resource efficiency in construction. This event will also inform the scope for future CIRIA research and event proposals.
10:00 Chairman's Introduction
Dr David Greenfield FCIWM FRSA CEnv,
SOcial, ENvironmental & EConomic Solutions (SOENECS) Ltd
10:10 Keynote address
Dr. Paul Ekins, UCL
10:30 The Business case for Circular Economy
Katherine Adams, University of Loughborough and BRE
Presentation (title tbc)
Lugano Kapembwa, Canary Wharf
11:50 Buildings as Materials Banks
Gilli Hobbs, BRE and BAMB
Designing for Materials Resource Efficiency and BS8895
Mohamed Osmani, University of Loughborough
Robert Spencer, AECOM
Q & A and introduction to afternoon sessions
Supporting these workshops are:
- Dr Mohamed Osmani, Loughborough University
- Poul Wend Hansen, Balfour Beatty
- David Cheshire, AECOM
- Integrating resource efficiency at design stage
- Implementing resource efficiency during construction
- Managing the next life of materials in the circular economy
16:15 Mini break
16:25 Workshop review and close
Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Please contact William Gates for more information
Who should attend?
Sustainability professionals, environment professionals, waste professionals, research and development specialists, strategy and innovation specialists, consultants, product suppliers and manufacturers etc.
16th floor, Aldgate Tower
26 April 2018
2 Leman Street, London E1 8FA
09:30 - 17:00
£125+VAT for CIRIA members
£250+VAT for non members
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