The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) and the Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) are delighted to announce the success of its recent Reuse Summit, held at ISG’s London office on the 18th October 2023, which brought together industry leaders, innovators, and advocates committed to promoting sustainable building practices and reuse initiatives. The sold-out event, held as part of ASBP’s Reuse Now Campaign, served as a platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and sustainable solutions to address the urgent need to move towards a more resource efficient, circular economy.
The summit provided a dynamic setting for networking, learning, and innovation. Under the themes of “Structure, Skin, and Services” and “Space and Stuff”, key topics included the role of procurement in the circular economy, planning and specification, viability and feasibility, demolition and reconstruction, and warranties.
Key Highlights of the 2023 Reuse Summit:
- Expert Keynotes: The summit featured a diverse group of thought leaders and industry experts, including Gilli Hobbs, Partner, Reusefully; Howard Button, NFDC; and Penny Gowler, Head of Sustainability, Elliott Wood, who shared their experiences and insights on the critical importance of reuse within the construction sector. Attendees gained valuable perspectives from those who have successfully integrated reuse principles.
- Innovative Showcase: The event spotlighted cutting-edge products, projects, technologies, and construction solutions that prioritise reuse. It provided tangible examples of how innovation can contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally responsible construction sector.
- Networking Opportunities: The summit facilitated networking among professionals, encouraging connections and partnerships among attendees who share a commitment to sustainable construction practices. These connections are essential for driving meaningful change.
- Interactive Survey: Participants actively engaged in a survey focused on practical solutions for the implementation of reuse strategies in the construction industry. Survey results indicated a high level of commitment to circular strategies and the reuse of materials in construction projects, highlighting the dedication of those attending to drive a more sustainable future.
To find out more about the keynote talks and reuse innovations showcased at the Summit, you can read the full report here https://asbp.org.uk/asbp-news/2023-reuse-summit-summary.
During the summit we ran a survey, the full results of that can be seen here: https://asbp.org.uk/resource-report/survey-findings-2023-reuse-summit.
About the Reuse Now Campaign
- The aim of the Reuse Now campaign is to increase the reuse of construction products and materials through:
- Practical focus by exploring supply chain barriers and develop solutions
- Open dialogue and sharing of knowledge between reuse material donors/recipients and wider ecosystem to enable greater uptake
- Learn from what others have done to progress quickly (not everyone doing their own research)
You can find out more about the campaign here https://asbp.org.uk/workstream/reuse-now.
Support the campaign
Benefits of being involved with the Reuse Now campaign include:
- knowledge exchange and learning
- thought leadership opportunities and leading by example
- being associated with sector best practice
- and being able to input into and have access to research and practical outputs to support your organisation – and the industry – to achieve its Circular Economy and Net Zero Carbon targets.
If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Debbie Ward at email@example.com.
Share your experiences
Much research has been done into the barriers and enablers of a circular economy. We now want to dig down into the details of these to drive practical action. We have developed this survey to better understand current priorities and target the areas most needed. Responses will set the focus for the campaign and support driving the transition to a more circular, resource efficient built environment. https://forms.office.com/r/jQYVL2fBes