Resource Efficiency

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Making better use of resources – particularly energy intensive materials such as steel and concrete - is essential to delivering low carbon buildings. We encourage better design for deconstruction, re-use, flexibility and adaptability. We champion products that better deliver the aspiration of the circular economy.


Latest Activities

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...

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...

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...

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...

Innovate UK project: Structural steel reuse

The Network has been examining the potential market for structural steel reuse and has reported on the multiple barriers and pathways to overcome them. We met with DCLG and BRE June 2016 to flag up our concerns over CE marking becoming a barrier to reuse more generally. Read more...

Previous Activities


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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