Developing affordable circular economy solutions for the construction industry.
There is an urgent need for the building industry to address end-of-life material management in New Zealand. The most effective way to do this is to ensure that buildings are designed in a way that facilitates material recovery. The current widespread use of adhesive-based fixings and single-life materials are a consequence of economic drivers and has led to unprecedented levels of waste creation.
The research looks at how to design building systems to facilitate material reuse and/or high-value recycling in an economically successful manner at the end of the structures useful life. The study is ‘design-led’ in the sense that the research is about designing, through iterative tests (and based on a wide range of precedents), building systems that will enable circularity in mainstream construction.
Sustainable Business Network Awards 2020: Going Circular Winner
COINS Grand Challenge: Open Category Finalist
BEST Awards 2019: Gold Pin in the Student Category
NZ Wood Design Awards 2018: High Commended in the open Wood and Fibre Creativity category
RIBA President's Awards for Research 2018: Shortlisted in the Design and Technical Category
TedxWellington: Why we need to rethink how we build homes
Build Magazine: X-Frame and the circular economy