Circular Economy

The built environment is a key industry in moving away from the linear model of ‘take, make, and waste’ to a sustainable and circular model of material flows.


Materials can have an impact on the environment in a range of different ways and at different times during their life cycles.

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The construction and demolition sector is the largest contributor of waste in the UK, responsible for generating one third of all UK waste.

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Water resources are widely used within the built environment through material use, construction processes and by the end-users of buildings.

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