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Virtuous circles: Can reusing building materials in new projects go mainstream?

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Reusing building materials in new projects could significantly reduce the industry’s carbon emissions. A look at how the circular economy is faring in UK construction

Perspectives and insights

  • Construction, demolition, and excavation contribute about 60 percent the total lifecycle CO2 emissions from a building.
  • Reducing waste is not enough; reappropriating waste back into construction could be a game-changer.
  • One perspective is to look at cities as material stores for the future.