As one of the sectors that consumes and wastes the most resources every year, construction has a lot to gain from circularity. But with its benefits to the environment, budgets, and business in general becoming clearer to more people, it may be catching on.
The many benefits of circular buildings
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation describes a circular economy as one based on three principles: design out waste and pollution; keep products and materials in use and regenerate nature systems.
These principles helped 3XN Architects win an important tender to build a new skyscraper at the edge of Sydney’s iconic harbour. Instead of tear down an existing building (the AMP Centre), 3XN proposed that the client reuse the Centre’s structure in the design of the new building.
“In all our projects we try to steer our clients toward circularity, to use natural or recyclable materials, to reuse materials and reduce waste because the benefits are huge,” says Fred Holt, Architect, B.Arch, M.Arch., Partner in Charge, Australia and responsible for the Quay Quarter Tower project.