Circular Economy

From April 2018 – March 2020 we will be running a series of live experiments, testing the application of circular principles on real estate assets and construction projects. Our aim is to facilitate collaborative approaches to overcome common obstacles and to share these findings with the wider membership and industry.
Circular Economy


December 12, 2017


Research & Innovation



Get involved: If you would like a copy of the sponsorship opportunity document please email

Our Vision is of a built environment at the heart of a circular economy – where waste is eliminated and materials retain value long after their original use. We are looking for visionary, courageous, and bold-thinking organisations to join us on this experiential learning journey towards a more circular built environment.

There are many ways to get involved in the programme, see this Get Involved document that sets out all the opportunities to get involved including sponsorship, training, events and task groups. The task groups will form the main part of the programme and this first year will investigate practical solutions that will enable clients to specify circular outcomes and drive greater reuse of products and materials using live projects to test solutions. We are inviting expressions of interest from members to work on the task groups, please complete the form in the Get Involved document by 3 August 2018.

The programme was set up because, in 2017, UKGBC Gold Leaf members said, through a Circular Economy Research Survey, that UKGBC needed to facilitate collaborative approaches in overcoming common obstacles, these included:

  • Limited practical action and engagement across the value chain
  • Limited awareness and understanding
  • Lack of business case evidence
  • Product liabilities
  • Unsupportive business models and strategic, long term thinking

The research survey also gave some background to what the circular economy means, examples of best practice and how the value chain is addressing circular economy in the UKGBC Gold Leaf membership. We plan to update this document with examples of best practice over time.

On 12 June 2018 we held a webinar to provide an update, share current plans for the programme and gather feedback. You can listen to it here.

On 17th July we will be hosting a debate in central Bristol on the Circular Economy. Find out more here. Further debates will take place in Manchester and Birmingham, more information will be available on our events pages.

To discuss partnering with UKGBC on this programme or if you would like to receive updates or further information about our Circular Economy programme please contact