One of the challenges facing London and many other capital cities is to provide access to the housing, business premises and infrastructure that residents and workers require – but in an efficient and sustainable way. This can be substantially helped by adopting a circular economy approach to the built environment.
Moreover, a circular economy approach in the built environment keeps buildings, products and materials at their highest value for as long as possible. It also offers the opportunity to create healthier spaces and thriving communities while bringing significant net benefits.
In this episode, we discuss some of these opportunities and try to answer the question should we retain or rebuild?
We reference our Circular Economy Route Map, where we set out the opportunities and benefit for London to be a centre for both design and demonstrator projects that exemplify:
- Buildings and infrastructure designed for adaptability
- The use of innovative products and technologies to make buildings more circular
- Re-use and refurbishment of buildings instead of demolition
- Buildings deconstructed to enable maximum material re-use
- The use of innovative business models which enable both current, and new, buildings to be used more flexibly and therefore perform more efficiently
As well as, the London Plan which sets out the overall strategic plan for London, setting out an integrated economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of London over the next 20–25 years.
And, BRE’s Whole Life Costing tool for calculating the lowest cost options for the entire commercial life of a building.