November 17, 2020

Making the Business Case for Circularity in the Design & Construction Industry

Circularity, which is also called the circular economy and is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems, is primed for significant innovations in the years ahead.

As global policies related to carbon management start to take shape, it is necessary to think holistically about the many ways in which improving the efficiency of construction materials is a win-win for all construction project stakeholders. 

Through cross-sector integrations of circular economy practices, clients can expect to achieve higher certification levels with the LEED rating system, along with potential rebates and incentives for selecting highly “circular” materials.

During Greenbuild Week 2020, Clark hosted a panel discussion with Rubicon’s David Rachelson and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Anthony Guerrero to explore ideas about increasing our understanding of the risks and opportunities in the new emerging market of circularity. We tackled topical questions like:

  • What do you see as the business case for circularity and a net-zero carbon economy?

  • What are the standards, what do they measure, and how do they create corporate and social value?

  • What should design firms and materials manufacturers consider to raise circular opportunities for projects going forward?

Watch the full discussion below: