Can recycling in construction be taken so far that materials are endlessly reused in a circular economy? The co-founders of a new start-up think so – and the government agrees with them.
Co-Founder Terry Clarke answers Construction News’ questions about LOOP’s commitment to getting the construction industry to think more circular. Read about LOOP’s foundation in 2016 following the initial concept development at the 2014 cross-industry innovation challenge within the UKGBC Future Leaders programme. LOOP’s circular approach is highlighted, from the free to use LOOP Marketplace and the team’s work with clients, mapping material flows, identifying traditional linear models of disposal and introducing optimised circular reuse opportunities.
Why the Romans were better at building circular than us and three awesome circular economy building examples.
Ever heard of term spolia? It’s a 2,000+ year old process of repurposing building materials from existing building stock into new buildings – so rather than waste material assets or produce new, the practice was to view the existing stock of buildings as a materials bank which resources could be pulled from. So, if the Romans could do it, why can’t this circular model of material reuse be mainstream in the modern built environment today?
The benefits of the circular economy are plentiful – reduced cost, embodied carbon, transport emissions, waste charges and landfill tax, and increased flexibility to name a few. There’s a host of fantastic examples in the mainstream built environment of success stories in this area and we’ve compiled three of our favourites…
We are delighted to announce that LOOP has been successful in applying for grant funding via the Newcastle University Rise Up programme.
Rise Up is an initiative that looks to support current students and recent alumni of the University in the development of entrepreneurial ideas through mentoring, network connections and financial support. The grant funding will be used to contribute to the development of a unique selling point of the platform, our Material Asset Passports (MAPs) which combine with the marketplace to help make reuse and sharing of material assets “business as usual” across the built environment.
LOOP is connected to Newcastle University through Co-Founder Terry Clarke’s alumni status and the funding will be utilised straight away to progress our idea.
Material asset reuse is a huge opportunity for the built environment, with £billions of value currently being wasted annually when material assets which have high reuse potential are processed as waste, sent to landfill or undervalued at the end of their first use.
We are delighted to be working with Crossrail to help them in their material reuse aims and today marked the first of our assessment days – checking, gathering information and listing items such as HVAC, access equipment and racking, which we will find a reuse for via the LOOP digital marketplace.
Exciting times ahead!
Waste not, want not: new start-up aims to clean up surplus construction material
Much progress has been made to limit the construction sector’s waste to landfill in recent years, but what is the next step in sustainable resource efficiency on building sites? Award-winning start-up Circology Ltd is aiming to facilitate the direct re-use of surplus construction materials, improving environmental performance and achieving cost savings in the process. The company’s co-founders Lydia Dutton and Terry Clarke explain more. To read this article click here.