Circular Materials for Low Carbon, Healthier Buildings

Date:    Time: 10:00-16:00   Location:

Join Zero Waste Scotland, Alliance for Sustainable Building Products and Architecture  and Design Scotland (A&DS) for a one day workshop aimed at Scotland based SMEs exploring how circular economy principles can be incorporated into product development, procurement and building design to deliver low carbon, healthy buildings.

Reasons to attend

If you are involved in the supply chain for the design and construction of new buildings in Scotland and are wanting to know more about sourcing and using sustainable construction materials that have a positive environmental and social impact, then this event is for you. The seminar is being held at the Lighthouse in Glasgow which is also home to the permanent free exhibition; Material Considerations – a library of sustainable building materials.

Who should attend

This event is aimed at individuals representing any small or medium sized business that is involved in the construction industry supply chain in Scotland. It will be of particular relevance to small property developers, designers, house builders, tradesmen and sub-contractors, building product retailers, manufacturers, product designers or those simply looking for ideas on what material to use for a future build or refurbishment project.


09.30 Registration and refreshments

10.00 Welcome and introduction – Clive Bowman, Project Manager, Zero Waste Scotland

10.10 The circular economy – Design for deconstruction, product reuse and more – Katherine Adams, Technical Associate, Alliance for Sustainable Building Products

10.20 Architecture and Design Scotland and ‘Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials’ at The Lighthouse – Alex Laurenson, Acting Senior Design Officer, Architecture and Design Scotland

10.30 Interactive session – What is this product made from?

Morning session – using circular construction materials

11.00 What are circular construction materials and why use them? – Brendon Rowan, CEO, Cradle to Cradle Marketplace

11.20 Designing buildings using circular materials – An architect’s approach – Chris Morgan, John Gilbert Architects

11.40 Specifying and procuring circular materials – Philip Duddell, Sustainable Procurement Limited

12.10 Case studies and lessons learned

  • Sandy Patience, GreenSpec
  • Katherine Adams, Technical Associate, Alliance for Sustainable Building Products

Lunchtime session

12.50 Vegetarian buffet lunch and networking with a visit to The Lighthouse material library

13.20 Speed dating with innovative manufacturers

Afternoon session – health benefits of natural/bio-based circular materials

14.00 What is an unhealthy building? – Tim Sharpe, Glasgow School of Art (invited)

14.20 How can natural/bio-based circular materials have a positive effect on indoor air quality – Jonathan Hines, Managing Director, Architype

15.00 The role of materials in biophilic design – Joe Clancy, Principal Landscape Architect, WSP

15.00 The Biophilic Office – Dr Ed Suttie, Director, BRE

15.20 Case studies and lessons learned – Malcolm Fraser, Fraser Livingstone Architects

15.40 How can ZWS, ASBP and ADS support your organisation?

16:00 Close


Free to attend for SMEs based in Scotland, registration essential. Booking via Eventbrite.


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