Making money from old bricks
London¬†is experiencing a spate¬†of brick thefts as thieves try to make thousands of pounds by selling them for use in extensions at the homes of wealthy residents. This is a worrying trend, but it illustrates the value of¬†¬†building materials.
Save and make money from construction waste
A newly released publication, Achieving greater material resource efficiency: Supporting a circular economy, provides a guide to supporting the circular economy for construction waste. Re-purposing construction materials can reduce construction waste, save and make money, reduce risk on site and improve a company‚Äôs reputation.
The guide is written by waste experts Katherine Adams and Gilli Hobbs. Katherine is currently a PhD researcher at Loughborough University studying applying circular economy in buildings. Gilli is Strategy Director for the Building Futures Group at BRE.
Their research and development¬†has led to a¬†waste benchmarking and minimisation tool¬†called¬†SMARTWaste. SMARTWaste is¬†a tool developed by BRE to allow auditing processes for demolition and construction projects. With a hand-held facility to enable site and building surveys, this tool collects data in a downloadable format. The data¬†can then be used to identify the main waste streams on-site and to facilitate waste management plans.
Katherine and Gilli’s new guide¬†Achieving greater material resource efficiency: Supporting a circular economy is full of key guidance on practical ways to reduce your construction waste. Add it to your bookshelf, find out more here.
Find out about¬†SMARTWaste at Kings Cross, London.
Buildings as material banks
BRE is partnering with the EU funded BAMB project¬†– Buildings as Material Banks. The BAMB project brings 16 parties throughout Europe together for one mission ‚Äď enabling a systemic shift in the building sector by creating circular solutions.
BAMB is creating ways to increase the value of building materials. Dynamically and flexibly designed buildings can be incorporated into a circular economy ‚Äď where materials in buildings sustain their value. That will lead to waste reduction and the use of fewer virgin resources.
Weird facts about reusing materials
1 In the Victorian era,¬†dog faeces were¬†collected from the streets and sold to tanners for use in the leather making process; leeches were also collected for their many uses in medicine, see¬†here for more grisly details!
2 Burying bricks in the garden was a common disposal method in the past. I am a witness to this as I found a buried hoard of bricks wrapped in a rubble bag under my flowerbed.¬†I thought I’d found a body…
3 The busts of Roman emperors were quite often re-carved to replace the previous emperor’s features. So Claudius became Caligula!