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Designing out Construction Waste

This guide from Resource Efficient Scotland is aimed at design teams to promote a circular economy approach to construction, incorporating designing out waste principles into new buildings and refurbishment projects. It aims to help reduce consumption of virgin materials at the outset, optimise resource-efficient maintenance and repair, and maximise re-use of materials at the end. The guide includes key actions for clients, designers and contractors, for each stage of the design process, and a host of inspiring and instructive case studies.

Written with clients, designers and contractors in mind, this expert guide offers a comprehensive breakdown of the design process, taking in considerations such as:

  • Sustainability targets and legislation
  • Adaptability of design – to facilitate changes of use, and deployment of discrete elements, to facilitate low-cost repair and maintenanceBenefits of natural and recycled materials including those to be found on-site
  • Waste, energy and cost efficiency throughout the building’s lifetime

Designing out waste has the potential to divert 11 million tonnes from landfill, contribute hugely to Scotland’s re-manufacturing economy (already worth £11billion) and helping you square up to a future of increasingly scarce resources and escalating environmental legislation.

Visit Resource Efficient Scotland to download the guide.

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