How do we design out waste in the circular economy?

Charlie Law   26 Mar 2014 Construction waste is often assumed to be the result of the building contractor’s inefficiencies, but much of the waste that is produced is actually as a result of the design. More than 80 million tonnes of waste is estimated to have been produced by the construction industry in 2011, therefore to achieve a circular economy with zero waste it is essential that the building, the individual elements within it and the packaging these components arrive in are well designed.
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Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink

Julia Messenger   21 Mar 2014 Of all the water on the earth only 3% is fresh water and this is distributed unevenly over the world – often places with the highest water demand for manufacturing have the least water available. I attended a very interesting seminar regarding the future resilience of water at Ecobuild. With the recent UK floods you may be forgiven for thinking that water scarcity isn’t really a big issue. But this is a global challenge and consumer decisions we make in the UK have a big impact on water use in other countries.
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Circular economy and performance gap - hottest topics at Ecobuild 2014

Charlotte Cassedanne   11 Mar 2014 Three busy but great days at Ecobuild 2014, the world's leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment – a chance to share knowledge, get to the root of sustainable building issues and generate solutions through debate. Throughout the event, BAM was more present than ever before, with a total of five speaking slots, as well as recognition of two high achievers in sustainability and a sustainability project award.
 
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Turning risks into carbon opportunities

Jesse Putzel   15 Jan 2014 For the second year running BAM has been ranked in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index in the Benelux region, topping our sector (industrials) and second only to Philips. We improved our disclosure score from 93 to 96 points and retained our performance ranking of B. Although there is still some work to do as we aim to reduce our direct emissions further year on year, this is great progress.
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“Not too hot, not too cold. Just right”

Luca Cotta Ramusino   18 Nov 2013 Around 38% of all UK emissions are related to heat of some kind and a large proportion to heating in buildings. In schools, heating often accounts for the largest proportion of energy use and emissions. So, how do you assess and improve the heating performance of a building?    
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Designing, making and re-making

Jesse Putzel   30 Oct 2013 “Designing, making and re-making for a circular economy” was the theme of a recent event I attended at the Design Museum. One clear theme emerged: we need to ‘start with the end in mind’ and make sure designs are better informed by those who have to deal with products over their life. This means working together with designers, material experts, manufacturers and resource managers.
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