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Last edited 21 Jul 2021
Reused construction products
The Home Quality Mark One, Technical Manual SD239, England, Scotland & Wales, published by BRE in 2018, suggests that ‘reused construction products’ are: 'Construction products that can be extracted from the waste stream and used again without further processing, or with only minor processing, that does not alter the nature of the construction product (e.g. cleaning, cutting, fixing to other construction products).'
However, reused construction products can only be - 'Construction products that can be extracted from the waste stream and used again …' unless they have already been reclaimed at least once before. A product that can be extracted has, by definition, not yet been extracted (the normal term in the reclamation sector is 'reclaimed' not 'extracted') and therefore cannot be described as reused prior to actual reuse. Standard parlance in the reclaimed building material and demolition sector for the past 50 years is:
'Reclaimable' - can be carefully dismantled reused
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- End of life potential.
- Home Quality Mark.
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