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Advancing the Course of Circular Economy Through Green Buildings

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Circular Economy and green buildings are both connected with sustainable development. They both operate in a system of resources utilization where reduction, reuse and recycling of materials prevails. The Circular Economy model can be used in architecture, focusing on three key resources of the sector that can work on a closed-loop: energy, construction materials, and water. Looking closely at green buildings shows the same objective targeted by applying circular economy to building projects is achieved when green building principles and practices are applied as well. The end result of all these is, natural resources are preserved, cost is drastically reduced, a larger percentage of waste instead of being sent to landfills are reused and recycled, pollution and embodied energy are also reduced, amongst several other benefits.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the concept of Circular Economy
  • Discovering how water efficiency & Net zero water in green buildings aligns with circular economy’s objective of water use reduction that can be used in the BD+C, O+M, ID+C, and HOMES LEED Rating Systems
  • Getting to know how renewable energy use and net zero energy in green buildings drives the course of circular economy regarding use of renewable energy which can apply to all LEED Rating systems.
  • Understanding how to minimize and achieve net zero waste in BD+C, ID+C and O+M building projects.

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