Shifting current thinking and design and fabrication practice to improve resource efficiency will be central to delivering a circular economy.

The built environment has an important role to play; and building façades represent an interesting opportunity within this. Often designed for only 20 to 30 years, they typically reach obsolescence well before the building is demolished and replaced. Unfortunately at the current time they are not designed with end of life in mind.

This publication examines how installed façades could be more effectively recycled during the demolition of buildings at end of life. It was considered that this could be better achieved through improved design and more considered selection of materials and assembly methods.

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Façade design for the circular economy