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Building a world free from waste and pollution

Redesigning how we make and use buildings to reach net-zero emissions

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* BT represents 1 billion tonnes or 1 gigatonne

A concrete case for change

Getting to zero

  1. Making better use of existing buildings through sharing and reuse so fewer new buildings need to be created
  2. Designing new buildings for flexible use and eliminating waste in construction
  3. Reusing and recycling building materials so that they don’t end up in landfill or incinerators

Making better use of existing buildings

Flexible co-working spaces, many of which become bars and restaurants after hours, are expected to increase in popularity

Designing new spaces in ways that eliminate waste

ARUP ‘s Circular Building seeks to showcase how the circular economy can work in practice in the built environment

Reusing and recycling materials

85% of all steel produced is recycled globally, though the recycling rate for other construction materials, like cement and plastic, is much lower

The future of our buildings



Features and thought-leadership on the circular economy

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