Applying a whole-system approach to adopt circular paradigms that minimise waste and accelerate the uptake of recycled components in the construction industry.
The built environment is one of the world’s largest consumers of resources and raw materials. To achieve global sustainability goals, there is an urgency to shift from the linear (take-make-waste) model to the circular (recycle-remanufacture-reuse-repair) paradigm.
Provided that construction sites are also a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, the supply chain perspective is crucial in the assessment of scope-based carbon emissions in the construction sector. In fact, reports from Green Building Council of Australia showed that the emissions produced over the entire life cycle of building – manufacturing, construction, maintenance and destruction - accounted for nearly one-sixth of the built-environment emissions in 2019.
Development of innovative construction technologies and assessment of their supply chain implications are vital for transitioning to a sustainable future economy.
The aim of this cluster is to bring cross-disciplinary experts together to innovate alternative construction materials and smart sustainable manufacturing, taking the entire life cycle of a building into consideration.
The Circular Construction cluster of the Smart Sustainable Building Network is actively working towards four of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):