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Waste and Resource Efficiency Group

Changing the mindset from 'waste' to 'resources' and improving efficiency within the built environment value chain.

Understanding and managing waste and resource efficiency in supply chains

Over 50 of our Partners and their suppliers collaborate through the School to share best practice of waste-related activities, discuss problem areas and take action to move towards a circular economy.

Find out more about waste and resource efficiency on our topic page.

The current linear economy of ‘take – make – dispose’ – taking resources from the ground to make products which we use and then dispose of – is no longer working for the built environment.

We must move to a circular economy which is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use and regenerating natural systems. 

Through its Partners and member companies across the sector, the School has an extensive presence and reach to make a significant difference.

The School’s Waste and Resource Use Group is the forum to enable this change; proactive businesses have come together to make consistent decisions and take action against waste in their own organisations and supply chains.

The group aims to drive a reduction in waste and to improve resource management within the industry value chain; through products, works and services procured.

Waste and Resource Efficiency Group

How will this be achieved?

The group is working to reduce waste and increase resource efficiency by developing understanding on key issues and priorities. Its workplan focuses on three priority areas:

  • mapping and materials
  • procurement and supply chain engagement
  • measurement and reporting

The group includes representation from all of the School’s markets and interest areas, including: infrastructure, homes, construction, offsite and facilities management.

Specific learning materials are available via the School’s resource library to educate and upskill supply chains, helping to enable a common understanding across client, designer, main contractor, FM service provider, supplier and subcontractor communities.

A practical guide to

Reducing construction lifecycle waste

These resources help users from all parts of the built environment value chain reduce construction lifecycle waste.

Explore themes and topics for practical examples, learning about the different stages and aspects of a wide variety of construction projects.

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1. Pre Construction Clients & Design Teams

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Increasing demand for circularity and more resource efficient build mean that we will need to design buildings with their end of life in mind

Waste and Resource Efficiency
Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Waste and Resource Efficiency
Design for Manufacture and Assembly

Designing using elements or even whole structures which are manufactured offsite can reduce waste significantly

Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Management Capabilities
Management Capabilities
Management Capabilities

Designing out waste at design stage is the single most effective action that can be taken

Waste and Resource Efficiency
Waste and Resource Efficiency
Waste and Resource Efficiency
Waste and Resource Efficiency

Is it possible to fully or partly refurbish existing buildings?

Energy and Carbon
Energy and Carbon
Waste and Resource Efficiency
Energy and Carbon

Well-thought-out procurement decision making is essential for a resource efficient build. It is essential to ask the right questions of suppliers and to specify correctly

Sustainable Procurement
Waste and Resource Efficiency
Sustainable Procurement
Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Waste and Resource Efficiency

2. Materials

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Ensure materials are as sustainable through their whole lifecycle and recoverable at end of life

Waste and Resource Efficiency

It is vital to make the right material choices and to take full consideration of circularity to ensure a low carbon build

Materials
Materials

3. Construction

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Find ways to treat, reuse and recycle soils, which remain a significant contributor to landfill.

Waste and Resource Efficiency
Waste and Resource Efficiency
Waste and Resource Efficiency
Environmental Management
Waste and Resource Efficiency
Waste and Resource Efficiency