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From Demolition to Deconstruction

How the construction industry can reduce carbon emissions through deconstruction and reuse

Event recap

This event took place on Wednesday 13th March 2024 at the National Brownfield Institute, University of Wolverhampton, Springfield Campus.

To maximise finite resources and reduce carbon emissions the construction sector has to make reuse work, at scale. We delved 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 also heard 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.

Session 2 - Deconstruction/ Reclamation Case Study Presentations

ASBP's Reuse Now Campaign

The campaign builds upon the ASBP-led DISRUPT project, which is exploring the innovative reuse of structural steel in construction through the creation and adoption of new circular business models. Project partners and supporters include reuse stalwarts Cleveland Steel & Tubes, global construction specialist ISG, National Federation of Demolition Contractors, and Grosvenor, the world’s largest privately-owned international property business.

ASBP has been working on the topic of material reuse for nearly 10 years, with past activities including the Re-Fab House feasibility study, research with University of Cambridge identifying the barriers to structural steel reuse, and more recently, a sold-out Reuse Summit.

This previous experience is further enhanced with in-house expertise from Technical Director Dr. Katherine Adams and Research Associate Dr. Asselya Katenbayeva, who bring 25+ years of academic and industry-focussed research and development on the topics of waste, reuse and circular economy.

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