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Area of focus — where this project has the biggest impact

As stated in the previous section, the construction industry will have to build as much in the coming 40 years as we have done since the beginning of humanity. This could be a challenge in a world where more and more resources are becoming scarce and where the construction industry already consumes approximately 35% of all materials produced in the world, measured by weight. Therefore, the parties behind this book have decided to look into how circular economy can be advanced in the construction industry. Market and relevant segments This book chose to focus on large and complex office buildings, specifically their superstructure and load-bearing façades, for a number of reasons. These are among the most technically advanced buildings constructed at present, mainly because of the need for large open spaces, high requirements for the indoor environment, access to daylight, as well as demand for very low energy consumption etc. These requirements necessitate larger and more advanced ventilation, lighting and electrical systems compared to what is needed for other types of buildings. Moreover, the request for the large open spaces and for flexibility necessitate the use of larger and stronger beams, columns and joints compared to the types of construction elements used for housing or other building types. As these office buildings are the most complex to design for disassembly, we expect the methods developed for this building segment can be used directly or in a modified and simpler version in less complicated buildings. In order to limit the scope of the analysis, we decided to focus on the superstructure and the envelope of the building, partly because these usually represent about ž of the materials used in buildings, measured by weight, and partly because a number of other solutions have focused on installation, internal walls, etc.

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Building A Circular Future  

This book presents findings, case studies, background and context for the project ’Building a Circular Future’, and consist of three main ch...

Building A Circular Future  

This book presents findings, case studies, background and context for the project ’Building a Circular Future’, and consist of three main ch...