Reshaping our built environment – part 1




Why bother reusing buildings when it is cheaper to knock down and start over? How can we design today’s buildings to be ‘material banks’ of the future? And does it really make business sense to get materials, energy and water flowing effectively in the built environment?

Some ‘circular solutions’ may seem costly when bolted onto traditional projects.

But if we a take systemic view across the entire life cycle of assets, using new technologies and applying advanced design approaches, we can build even more value into our developments.

Carol Lemmens is working closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and BAM in the Netherlands to demonstrate the economic business case for adopting circular business models, while providing wider financial, social and environmental benefits. For Carol, considering the whole system to create value is key, and intervention will be necessary to make the transition from the status quo.

Jad Oseyran is working on collaborative projects with leading real estate developers and construction companies in Europe to apply business model innovation and digital solutions and meet the challenges and requirements of construction and cities in the (near) future.

Matt Waltho has guided the Tonsley Innovation District redevelopment to achieve the world leading 6-star Green Star Communities certification. He will share how maintaining the original Main Assembly Building of a former car manufacturing plant and considering water, energy and waste management at a precinct level, Tonsley is on the path to creating greater long-term value for business and the community.


For more on the built environment, see the session Reshaping our built environment - part 2