Research

Bridge the gap between theory and practice

New ideas and knowledge drives industrial innovation. By working with both industry and academia we seek to identify, oversee and communicate research in a way that leads to positive change. We focus on projects linked to our core themes of resource efficiency, health and well-being and product sustainability.

Some of our current and previous activities are listed below.

circulareconomy

Circular economy route map for London

ASBP and David Cheshire have been collaborating with LWARB and inputting into the built environment chapter, due for publication October 2016. Read more...
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Planning and resource efficiency

The ASBP Reusable Buildings Network is collaborating with Islington Council to work through how planning can encourage resource efficiency and the circular economy. This work will inform our proposed campaign on resource efficiency, aimed at local authorities. Read more...
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Innovate UK project: Supply chain integration

We are collaborating with University of Cambridge and SCI on the development of a database to enable steel reuse and a business model to support it. Read more...
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Moisture in buildings

Moisture related problems such as mould, can have a significant and sometimes dramatic impact on the health of occupants. The recently launched UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings established at University College London aims to become a centre of excellence in this area. Good design and careful product specification can significantly influence the moisture safety of new and retrofitted buildings. The ASBP has been invited to sit on the advisory committee and technical working groups. Read more...
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The health effects of products

Allergy UK has four consultants, trained in all aspects of allergy, working on their help desk. They recently reported that they receive on average one call a week relating to ill health and new carpets, of which in some cases occupants have had to vacate their property. The ASBP will be working with UCL to analyse their data across product types. Read more...
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Regulatory Standards

The UK Building Regulations Parts A, D & F specify that total VOCs or TVOCs emissions should be below 300µg/m3, over 8 hours. However, the European Protection Agency suggests these limits are without toxilogical justification. They report that children exposed to concentrations of VOCs higher than 60µg/m3, have a fourfold risk of asthma. Read more...
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Source control – The role of products

We spend 90% of our time indoors, with indoor levels of VOCs often 2-5 times higher than outdoors and sometimes far greater. The industry needs to adopt the precautionary principle and exercise improved source control. The ASBP are preparing a CIRIA briefing on this subject which will be published shortly. Read more...
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RE-Fab

We began the RE-Fab project in 2013 as part of a TSB funded feasibility study. The “RE-Fab House”™ Project was a groundbreaking construction project which explored, developed and demonstrated new forms of construction allowing improved construction efficiencies, adaptation of buildings in use and the deconstruction and re-use of components at end of life. Read more...
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Sequestered Carbon in Construction Products

ASBP continues to campaign for the built environment to be viewed as a carbon sink; and to highlight biogenic product’s ability to store carbon. Read more...
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The ASBP Reusable Buildings Network

The ASBP piloted a value network for our Innovate UK project: Circular Economy Business Models; Reuse of Structural Steel. The network will continue beyond the project, with support from our Patron member Cleveland Steel and Tubes Ltd, with a broad brief to highlight the wider benefits of a whole life approach. Read more...
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