Accelerating material re-use

The building and construction sector uses half of all new resources and generates more than a third of all waste in the EU*.

To adapt buildings to new uses and meet the needs of growing populations without over exploiting natural resources, circular economy principles must be adopted at scale.

In the UK, Grosvenor is seeking to build confidence in supply and receiving materials on site through enhancing knowledge and creating a network of progressive companies willing to trial new approaches.

In 2021, we canvassed 120 built environment professionals representing the full lifecycle of a building to find out more about the prevalence of, and barriers to, accelerating material re-use.

A series of guides created by our partners, HETA, ARUP, Orms and Elliott Wood address the major barriers to re-use and are published below.

Download our survey results here.

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Designing for material re-use

A guide from Heta Architects

Designing for material re-use

Grosvenor's Steve Gilchrist joined Heta Architects and RotorDC to discuss the initial considerations when incorporating re-used materials into the design process.

The practicalities of reclaimed materials

Grosvenor's Kathy Marsden joined Arup and ReLondon to discuss their guides to sourcing and using reclaimed materials

Material passports

A guide from Orms

Material passport toolkit

Find out more about the vision for a Material Passport from Orms

How can Material Passports support material re-use of existing buildings?

Grosvenor's Steve Gilchrist joined Orms and Turner & Townsend to discuss the launch of a new guide to material passport

Accelerating material re-use - Watch the webinar

Grosvenor's Steve Gilchrist joined Gary Elliott, CEO and Founder of Elliott Wood to share the results of our survey and discuss the launch of their guide to decarbonisation

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