Circularity in the built environment: A call for a paradigm shift

Tove Malmqvist, Alice Moncaster, Freja Nygaard Rasmussen, Harpa Birgisdottir

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This chapter considers how circularity is being, and might be, approached and achieved within the built environment. Three case studies illustrate the current situation. The first case address life cycle assessment (LCA) in measuring circularity, showing that while LCA encourages recycling it gives little support to Design for Disassembly. The second considers how multiple decision support tools can act to limit early design input by end users, and therefore limit the long-term sustainability of the building. The third demonstrates the importance of incorporating the needs of users and owners in the management of existing commercial buildings. While therefore circular economy principles are enacted to an extent at present, social needs are seldom adequately considered. This analysis is used to propose a new dynamic framework for a circular built environment, redefined as the outcome of an iterative process to provide for our human needs using the least resources.
TitelHandbook of the Circular Economy
RedaktørerMiguel Brandão, David Lazarevic, Göran Finnveden
Antal sider14
ForlagEdward Elgar Publishing
Publikationsdato10 dec. 2020
ISBN (Trykt)9781788972710
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781788972727
StatusUdgivet - 10 dec. 2020

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