2023 Reuse Summit

Date: Wednesday 18th October 2023   Time: 15:30-19:30   Location: London, EC3N

‘Reuse Now’ is supported by gold sponsor and long-standing ASBP patron member Cleveland Steel and Tubes

The construction industry accounts for over a third of global carbon emissions and produces around 60 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste annually in the UK. Whilst much of this is recovered and recycled, only a small percentage is reused. This creates a significant opportunity to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. Estimates suggest that 22.3 MtCO2e of GHG emissions could be saved over 9 years by increasing our reuse of construction products.

During the Reuse Summit, hosted by the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) and the Finishes & Interiors Sector (FIS), we’ll hear from those from those already active in the materials reuse space, with panel discussions taking a deeper dive into the shearing layers* of ‘Structure, Skin and Services’ and ‘Space and Stuff’. Inspiring case studies will show what steps the industry can take to increase the uptake of reused materials, looking from structure to flooring, and fittings to furniture.

Re-launched in 2023, ASBP’s Reuse Now campaign aims to encourage greater reuse of building materials within the construction industry and accelerate the transition to a more resource efficient, low carbon, circular economy as well encourage growth of low/zero carbon industries and supply chain models.

This event forms part of ReLondon’s Circular Economy (CE) Week 2023. Now in its sixth year CE Week has grown in strength and reputation, becoming the event for circular economy professionals, advocates and activists to share knowledge, insights, innovations and success stories.

* The “shearing layers” concept was first conceived by architect Frank Duffy, and later developed by Stewart Brand (How Buildings Learn). It defines buildings as a set of integral components that adapt or change across different timescales. Thinking at a more ’systems’ level in terms of how these layers work and fit together for the whole life of the building can support the circular building strategies of designing for long life, adaptability, flexibility, repairability & maintenance and ultimately disassembly and reuse. The shearing layers are: Site, Structure, Skin, Services, Space and Stuff.

Key details:

  • Date: Wednesday 18th October 2023
  • Time: 15:30-18:20 followed by drinks and canapes until 19:30
  • Location: ISG Limited, Aldgate House, 33 Aldgate High Street, EC3N 1AG
  • Hosted by: The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) and the Finishes & Interiors Sector (FIS)
  • Cost: £20+VAT for ASBP and FIS members, £40+VAT for members of partner organisations*, £60 general admission

*ACAN, AECB, Building Performance Network, BWF, CIBSE, Fit for the Future, Good Homes Alliance, natureplus, Retrofit Works, Passivhaus Trust, SuperHomes, STBA, The Green Register and Woodknowledge Wales.


  • 15:30    Registration, tea & coffee
  • 15:45    WelcomeKatherine Adams, Technical Director, The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP)
  • 15:50    Setting the scene, reuse, circular economy, and carbonIain McIlwee, CEO, Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS)
  • 15:55     Innovate UK – Longer in Use & Reuse Materials and Manufacturing – Amy Peace, UKRI
  • 16:05    Embedding reuse in procurement policy and tendering – Gilli Hobbs, Partner, Reusefully
  • 16:20    Examples of reuse in ‘Structure, Skin and Services’Panel discussion
        • Peter Kelly, Group Director of Sustainable Operations, ISG
        • Wendy Bishop, Associate, Architype
        • Matthew Morris, Architectural Technologist, Hawkins\Brown
        • Sarah Trahair-Williams, Development Manager, FORE Partnership
  • 17:00    Break
  • 17:15    Five products that demolition contractors love to hateHoward Button, National Federation of Demolition Contractors
  • 17:25    Recertification, warranties and insurance – Penny Gowler, Head of Sustainability, Elliott Wood
  • 17:45    Examples of reuse in ‘Space and Stuff’Panel discussion
        • Justin Robinson, Founder, Reyooz
        • Greg Lavery, Founder, Rype
        • Nigel Harvey, CEO, Recolight
        • Paul Woolvine, CEO, IOBAC
        • Rebecca Marsh, Sales and Marketing Manager, RMF
  • 18:25    Overview of the Reuse Now campaign and Closing commentsDebbie Ward, Reuse/Circular Economy and Katherine Adams, Technical Director, The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP)
  • 18:30    Drinks and canapes
  • 19:30    Close

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