Organized on 29th Oct, 2019. Construction materials represent around 40% of all materials used in most advanced economies, and construction and demolition (C & D) waste makes up around 25% -30% of waste sent to landfill. This results in millions of tons of C & D waste being buried every year, representing huge losses in embodied energy, water and materials. In many jurisdictions the ‘linear’ expectations embodied in design and construction practice and regulation undermine the feasibility of more fully re-using construction materials.

In this conversation the panelists spoke about how the present linear model followed in design and construction can be modified and replaced with a more circular model. They also paid particular attention to the role of information technology in conjunction with sustainable waste management systems to better enable the reuse of materials like timber, glass and steel, and the vital importance of changing inappropriate regulation and of training and engaging designers to lead this process.

  • Robert Crocker

    Deputy Director, China Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development

    Robert’s research is focused on consumption, waste, and design for the circular economy. He has co...
  • Duncan Baker-Brown

    Environmental Activist and Author

    Duncan is an architect, academic and environmental activist. Author of ‘The Re-Use Atlas: a design...
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