Construction to play key role in circular economy

circular economy
Ant Wilson MBE, Aecom

At a joint BSRIA and ECA event, Ant Wilson MBE, director of Aecom, called on construction to consider its important role in building a circular economy.

“You’ve got to be holistic and agile to change,” said Wilson to the delegates at the event which took place in London on 23rd May.

He pointed to the government’s Industry Strategy: Construction 2025 which states: “Improving our understanding of design approaches, including passive design, to balance energy demand and supply in the built environment is vital in enabling the industry to design and construct high performance, resource efficient buildings.”

Wilson cited CIBSE TM56 2014 (Resource efficiency of building services) as a guide that can help with principles and tools relating to resource efficiency.

CIBSE’s technical director Dr Hywel Davies also highlighted the benefits of considering a circular economy approach: “Resource efficient building services make the best use of materials, water and energy over the lifecycle of the installed equipment.”

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