It’s design to support circularity—and a radical rethinking of how we use materials and energy. Components in products or buildings can be continually reused in future projects, with less waste. As the world’s resources become more limited, circular design is the foundation of the circular economy.
Architecture, engineering, and construction principles
Existing building stock is valuable material. Making the most of existing structures through adaptive reuse avoids demolition waste, reduces procurement of new material, and can greatly lower a project’s embodied carbon.
Tracking the materials that go into a building is crucial, so that when it’s time to decommission, you’ll have all the origination data. This information is helpful in finding re-use or recycling options for materials.
Designing buildings to be easily disassembled and reused increases the likelihood that these structures will feed into the circular economy, producing less waste and keeping materials in circulation.
Architecture, engineering, and construction in action
Royal BAM builds, then totally deconstructs, a London house.
European construction group Royal BAM set out to test circular design principles in the real world. The firm designed and built an entire house in London, then deconstructed it after a short time to see if all the original materials could be reused.