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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.

Mass Timber Systems – route to market

Mass Timber: The popularity of mass timber systems is on the rise. Timber products, due to their environmental credentials and other benefits, are becoming the

Occupant Comfort and Wellbeing in Housing

On July 25th Architecture & Design Scotland in collaboration with Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU) from Glasgow School of Art hosted a CPD event

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