Circular Economy and the Built Environment – DIF Webinar

Date:    Time: 14:00 - 14:45   Location:

We are hosting a session for The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF), an online, open access event that invites thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses, makers and learners to explore the question “The economy is changing – what do I need to know, experience and do?”.

The DIF is a devolved event which takes place over a three-week period around the world; coordinated and accessible at Over 200 sessions are held across six virtual stages, ranging from the must see thinkers and thought-leading Headliners to the Open Mic stage, composed of self organised contributions from innovative individuals or organisations. In 2016 the DIF takes place from 7-25 November.

Our session will introduce the work of the ASBP Reusable Buildings Network, a unique value network with aligned interests in developing the circular economy in the built environment. It is acknowledged this is a long-term objective, which will require a thorough system overhaul. However, there are broad principles that can be used to set a direction of travel. The Network includes actors from across the supply chain; thirty organisations and counting. We have been focussing on overcoming the barriers to steel reuse within construction and investigating how local planning can drive reuse, resource efficiency and enable the circular economy.

14.00-14.05: Introducing the ASBP Reusable Buildings Network, supported by Cleveland Steel and Tubes: Simon Corbey

14.05 – 14.15: David Cheshire, AECOM: The Circular Economy and Buildings

  • How circular economy principles can be applied to buildings
  • How applying these principles can help to retain value of buildings
  • Some case study examples

14.15 – 14.25: Dr Danielle Densley Tingley, University of Sheffield: The role of design for deconstruction in facilitating adaptable buildings with reusable components

  • Key design for deconstruction strategies when applied to buildings
  • Case Studies which have successful deployed these strategies and their drivers
  • Challenges and Opportunities going forward

14.25 – 14.35:  Simon Corbey, ASBP: Health and Wellbeing and the Circular Economy

  • The drivers for healthy buildings and how applying circular economy principles will assist
  • The role of products in ensuring healthy buildings; source control
  • Some useful tools and ongoing research

14.35 – 14.45 Discussion, Q&A and next steps

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