From Demolition to Deconstruction: How the construction industry can reduce carbon emissions through deconstruction and reuse

Date: Wednesday 13th March 2024   Time: 09:30-15:30   Location: University of Wolverhampton

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

This event is part of ASBP’s Reuse Now Campaign. Find out more here.

To maximise finite resources and reduce carbon emissions the construction sector has to make reuse work, at scale. Delve into insightful discussions and workshops addressing the hurdles and untapped opportunities in reusing building products and materials from the point of view of demolition and deconstruction. We will also hear from those doing reuse now, with presentations, case studies, and Q&A.

This event is part of ASBP’s Reuse Now Campaign, and the DISRUPT 2 project, which is working with the Institute of Demolition Engineers to further explore the innovative reuse of structural steel in construction and enable more steel to be reclaimed and reused from refurbishment and demolition projects.

Key details

  • Date: Wednesday 13th March 2024
  • Timings: 9:30-15:30
  • Location: National Brownfield Institute, University of Wolverhampton, Springfield Campus, Grimstone Street, Wolverhampton WV10 0JP (10-15 minute walk from Wolverhampton Train Station)
  • Registration:
    • ASBP member – Free
    • Member of partner organisation* – £20+VAT
    • General admission – £40+VAT

*Partner organisations include ACAN, AECB, Building Performance Network, BWF, CIBSE, Fit for the Future, FIS, Good Homes Alliance, natureplus, Retrofit Works, Passivhaus Trust, PEFC UK, RIBA, SuperHomes, STBA, TDUK, The Green Register, UKIEG, and Woodknowledge Wales.

Outline agenda

  • 9.30      Arrival and registration
  • 10:00    Welcome and introduction
  • 10.10    Presentations & Q&A
    • Roy Fishwick, Cleveland Steel & Tubes
    • Darcy Arnold-Jones, Marks Barfield
    • Brogan MacDonald, Ramboll
  • 11:00    Workshop/discussions/feedback (World Café format*) – two questions for each table to discuss and feedback on
  • 12:00    Lunch and optional demonstration of the NBI’s fantastic ‘igloo’ 360 immersive presentation space
  • 13:00    Deconstruction/Reclamation Case Study Presentations and Q&A
    • Claire Fundrey, Tilley & Barrett
    • Cormac McLean, consultant
  • 13.50    Workshop/discussions/feedback (World Café format*) – two questions for each table to discuss and feedback on
  • 14:50    Closing comments
  • 15:00    Optional tour of the National Brownfield Institute (NBI)
  • 15:30    Close

*The World Café is a method which makes use of an informal ‘café style’ setting for participants to explore an issue by discussing it in small table groups. Discussion is held in multiple rounds of 20-30 minutes, within a relaxed, inclusive and open environment to encourage participation and diverse conversations to take place.

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With thanks to our venue partner


About the Reuse Now Campaign

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, minimise waste and deliver cost efficiencies. Estimates suggest that by increasing our reuse of construction products, 22.3 MtCO2e of GHG emissions could be saved during the UK’s fourth and fifth carbon budgets between 2023 and 2034.

The “Reuse Now” Campaign aims to drive change in the built environment sector by:

  • Raising Awareness across the supply chain about the significant environmental benefits of reusing building products, including waste reduction, carbon reduction and economic benefits.
  • Sharing Knowledge through practical, interactive workshops, events, and online resources.
  • Fostering Collaboration with stakeholders from across industry to build a robust knowledge sharing network that ensures the availability and accessibility of high-quality reused products.
  • Showcasing Success Stories that have successfully embraced reused building products and prove that lower carbon supply chain models not only benefit the environment but can also offer economic advantages and innovative design possibilities.

With thanks to funders and supporters of the DISRUPT projects

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