Material resource efficiency in construction: Supporting a circular economy
On 1 January 2017, BRE published Material resource efficiency in construction: Supporting a circular economy (FB 85), written by Katherine Adams and Gilli Hobbs.
- Using fewer materials.
- Optimising the use of materials.
- Preventing waste.
- Using materials that are reclaimed or that have a higher recycled content.
Material resource efficiency can be applied across a construction project’s life cycle, with the greatest benefits at the early stages. Greater material resource efficiency requires that the different parts of the construction supply chain to work together. This can result in cost savings, reduced environmental impact and an enhanced reputation.
The guide explains the background, drivers and potential benefits of material resource efficiency and provides practical advice for achieving higher levels efficiency. It is intended for anyone involved in construction projects, but in particular; clients, designers and contractors. It is also relevant to those who provide products and services, such as manufacturers, suppliers and waste management companies.
The contents of the guide are:
- What is material resource efficiency?
- Material resource efficiency drivers.
- Some facts and figures.
- Achieving greater material resource efficiency.
- Waste management options for products and materials.
- Challenges to delivering greater material resource efficiency.
- References, tools and guidance.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- BRE articles on Designing Buildings Wiki.
- Circular economy.
- Cradle to cradle product registry system.
- Design for deconstruction.
- Environmental profiles.
- Green guide to specification, certified environmental profiles and BREEAM.
- Managing packaging waste streams.
- Mean lean green.
- Pre-demolition audit.
- Recyclable construction materials.
- Recyclable construction materials.
- Site waste management plan.
- Sustainable materials.
- Waste and Resources Action Programme WRAP.
- Waste hierarchy.
- Waste management plan for England.
- Waste management plan.
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