Going paperless, embracing renewable energy, and better insulation are but a few ways companies and their buildings can reduce their environmental impact.

There is a growing eco-consciousness among architects and clients when it comes to sustainable building and design.

But what if buildings could become even more economically and environmentally friendly?

As Archinect explains, the construction sector generates a vast amount of waste. The latest available government statistics reveal that, in 2014, construction, demolition and excavation accounted for more than half (59%) of total UK waste. But construction waste can include quality components that have a longer lifespan.

Is there a way that buildings and their components could be recycled? Is it even possible to reuse materials in another project?

Building scientist Bradley Guy believes so. For more than 20 years he has been pushing for a concept he calls design for disassembly (DfD), which focuses on making sure buildings are ready for the end from the beginning of the design process.

Guy suggests that architects can play a role in reducing the volume of waste the built environment generates by effectively designing for the future reuse, repair and recycling of building components, Archinect reports.

While working in skilled building demolition, Guy noticed that “While there are specific ways to make deconstruction more effective on a detail design level, it became clear that a major barrier is an approach to construction — architects just aren’t thinking about the renovation and eventual demolition of their buildings.”

Denmark’s Lendager Group is one such organisation striving towards a circular construction economy by using locally sourced and upcycled materials in their designs.

Architect and founder, Anders Lendager, explained: “A problem we repeatedly came up against was that to make a ‘sustainable building’, you needed to add on bits of technology once the design was complete, which was, therefore, more costly for the client.

“This has continued to be a key dilemma for architects wishing to convince clients of the benefits of sustainable design. Our view is that innovations need to instead occur within the design process, which for us means rethinking how that process is carried out altogether.”

By taking a DfD approach to building design, could architects help to usher in a new era of building recycling?

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