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Contact details for consultation responses:
Gilli Hobbs
BRE, Garston, Watford WD25 9XX
T: +44 (0) 1923 664856
Developing a strategic approach to construction waste 20 year strategy 3
Background 3
Approach to developing a strategy 3
Forward look at construction and impacts in relation to resource efficiency 4
Key issues moving forward relating to material resource efficiency 7
Developing long term targets for construction resource efficiency 8
Overview 8
1 Construction waste: Housing 9
2 Refurbishment waste: Housing 12
3 Demolition waste: All sectors 14
4 Modelling the way to achieving the strategy and targets actions 17
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Developing a strategic approach to construction waste 20 year strategy
Construction, demolition and refurbishment accounts for around 100 million tonnes
of waste in the UK each year (see Figure 1). About half of this waste is recycled, from
the demolition sector and parts of the construction sector. Over 400 million tonnes of
resources are also consumed by the construction industry each year, suggesting that
greater scope for waste reduction, reuse and recycling exists.
Due to the high amounts of waste generated by construction activity, the sector has
become a priority for Defra and the BREW (Business Resource Efficiency and Waste)
programme in terms of diverting waste from landfill and reducing the costs of waste
and resource management. This means that the BREW delivery partners are providing
increasing levels of support for this sector. These delivery partners include:
Carbon Trust
DTI Technology Programme
Environment Agency
Market Transformation Programme (MTP)
National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP)
Regional Development Agencies (RDAs)
Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
Alongside these programmes, a pilot project Developing A Strategic Approach To
Construction Waste has been established. A partnership between BRE and AEAT,
this pilot project has arisen through the need to align BREW activities with the needs
of the construction sector in achieving resource efficiency. In the short term, a review of
current support and guidance has been cross referenced against industry views on what
they feel will help them most.
A longer term goal is to identify activities and drivers that will dictate the future direction
of the construction sector. The threats and opportunities presented by changing
practices will be mapped out in relation to resource efficiency. The final outcome of this
work will be a 20 year strategy (in the form of a road-map) that will model the way to
achieving reductions in waste, environmental impact and primary resource use. This will
be available in March 2007.

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Data relating to the composition, cause and amount of waste relating to construction
is fairly limited and does not promote long term assessment of how waste can be
prevented or more effectively managed into the future. Rather than let a lack of data
hold things up, an alternative approach is to identify what the industry could be
aiming for, i.e. a target, and then set up/reinforce the mechanisms needed to achieve
the target and monitor progress towards it.
Therefore, the approach to developing this strategy document has been:
A forward look at construction, along with threats/opportunities in relation to
waste and resource efficiency
Develop long term targets for improvement where possible related to
baseline data
Model the way to achieving these targets short/medium term actions (these
will be cross referenced to existing/planned programmes in BREW and outside
of BREW)
Identify data and actions needed to support development and implementation
of the strategy.

The waste and resources impact of construction is important in terms of profitability, non renewable resource depletion and the environmental impact of building. A 20
year strategy for developing targets and actions for improvement is presented here. This will be used to steer government policy, such as the Waste Strategy, and support
provided to the construction sector.
Views sought: Please comment on any part of this draft Strategy, your views and information are very welcome. The opportunity to comment and
revise the content is open to all until 10 November 2006.
Agriculture (<1%)
Mining and quarrying (29%)
Sewage sludge (<1%)
Dredged materials (5%)
Household (9%)
Commercial (11%)
Industrial (14%)
Construction and demolition (32%)
Figure 1 Estimated total annual waste arisings, by sector United Kingdom
Source: Defra, ODPM, Environment Agency, Water UK
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The way in which construction might change, or continue unchanged, into the future is likely to be very relevant to achieving waste reduction, and greater reuse and recycling.
This question was posed at a recent industry workshop to get a view of construction in the future and impacts in relation to resource efficiency. Table 1 below summarises the
responses and other widely expressed views.
Table 1 Future construction and potential impacts and resource efficiency
Scenario for future construction
(to year 2025 )
Potential impact on construction resource efficiency
Climate change
Low carbon buildings required at new build The design of new building types (probably off site fabricated) offers opportunities to embed resource efficiency into
their life cycle. However, waste reduction, reuse and recycling becomes less important unless clearly aligned to the low
carbon agenda. This requires construction material flows and options to be fully quantified and evaluated.
Retrofitting of existing buildings to lower carbon
emissions incentives to reward/offset costs
Greater amounts of waste arising from refurbishment and the provision of replacement products/materials. Unless
aligned to low carbon, as detailed above, this will be considered an acceptable consequence of achieving reduced
carbon emissions from the operational phase of buildings.
Increased demolition of buildings, especially those
not able/viable for energy efficiency upgrade
This is a likely consequence, especially in the drive to fit more homes on existing built land. Currently the bulk of C&D
waste is related to demolition (though we dont know what the proportion is). Demolition rates are around 20,000
homes/year today. Estimates of 4 times this amount to meet the 60% carbon emission reduction have been suggested.
This would significantly increase the amount of C&D waste from 100 MT/year to anything between 200 300 MT/year.
Unless reprocessing facilities/markets are developed at a similar rate, resources will be lost/devalued and the percentage
landfilled will increase.
For example, opportunities need to be provided for planned re-use of demolition products at local plan level, such as
use of masonry components for internal thermal mass in lightweight buildings.
Global/Climate Change
Rapidly changing climate, both in physical and
political sense.
This could make it difficult to stick to targets and systematic approaches to resource efficiency i.e. crisis management
rather than agreed, long term solutions. It is also difficult for industry to invest in new technologies and infrastructure if
there is uncertainty into the future e.g. the long running debate over energy from waste v. recycling.
As above, potential for inside-out buildings of lightweight insulated frames with interior thermal mass. Potential fit with
carbon/climate agenda and resource efficiency, but needs evaluation.
Adaptable and flexible buildings The effects of climate change and unpredictable demographics could lead to a generation of buildings that are better
equipped to change e.g. heating to cooling, home to office space. This would be beneficial in terms of waste reduction.
The absence of adaptable buildings will increase construction activity to provide change of use/performance. This would
in turn increase waste.
Price of wasted products/materials, labour and
disposal/recycling increases higher than inflation
Cost of waste and potential to reduce costs through waste reduction should increase accordingly. More transparency
could be derived through whole life costing techniques that correctly value this element. Environmental crime will
increase unless producers are complying with their Duty of Care obligations.
Subject to EU legislation below, might provide financial drivers towards local economies in construction materials:
High value materials with inherent reclamation value
Natural materials with low embodied carbon (minimal transport & processing) with zero waste options at end of
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Scenario for future construction
(to year 2025 )
Potential impact on construction resource efficiency
Increased levels of construction, especially in the
housing sector, within affordability constraints.
Overhaul of planning, supply chain and skills issues
to facilitate this.
Could lead to further waste if less time available to reduce, reuse, recycle. Incentives to retain and recruit good people
could reduce waste. Planning could be used to greater effect in achieving better levels of environmental performance.
Supply chain integration should reduce waste and promote continuous improvement. H & S requirements may preclude
some types of reclamation or recycling. More integrated services required for collection/segregation/consolidation of
construction waste.
Further legislation from EU on:
Construction products
Producer responsibility
Life cycle impacts/integrated product policy
May restrict recycled content or the use of reclaimed products/materials on grounds of performance or local
emissions e.g. indoor air quality materials and the accumulation of hazardous materials.
Greater take back of offcuts, packaging, end of life waste.
Greater reliance on life cycle data and verification, with further improvements in design, distribution and end-of-life
Business cost reduction
Performance based contracting procuring on
function rather than labour, plant and materials
Design, build and management of buildings should bring about improvements in terms of resource efficiency i.e. vested
interest to keep whole life costs, which includes cost of products/materials, construction, refurbishment and demolition
waste. Important that these elements are costed correctly in whole life costing techniques.
Business quality and speed
Growing market share of off-site fabricated
buildings and components
High levels of water and energy efficiency designed in. Reduction in traditional site waste with increase in packaging
waste. Shorter lifespan buildings increase in demolition waste, especially by volume. Changing composition of
demolition waste from highly recyclable to difficult to recycle.
Business quality and speed
Growing standardisation of building types and
For planned building programmes, such as schools and prisons, there is great scope to produce a optimum design based
upon standardised components. This improves predictability of the construction programme and should reduce costs.
Ideally, standardisation will have additional objectives of reduced waste and improved durability.
Business lower running costs
Zero/low maintenance buildings
This could be beneficial if it means that buildings last longer i.e. less chance of failure through neglect. Alternative could
be that actual service life of building elements is reduced leading to greater levels of refurbishment/demolition waste.
Business increase profits
Investment requires better returns on built asset
with lower financial risk
New technologies, products and materials that increase recycled content and/or reduce waste are considered higher
risk until they have been proven. Demonstration, testing and third party approval will need to be accompanied by
demonstrable and financial benefits to developers. Increasingly stringent planning conditions will only work if the
financial returns are worth it.
Business competition
Global competition increases and/or local supply
becomes more important
Around 40% of construction is procured by government, which is bound by procurement rules that promote global
competition. Sustainable procurement will become increasingly important, both private and public, with haulage of
resources in and waste out becoming less acceptable. Reuse of on-site resources will be a possible way of satisfying
both procurement rules and proximity principles.
See above comments on local material economy predictions needed on future world energy scenarios and how this
might affect composition of construction materials sector.
Business capacity
Keeping up with new build requirements
The current rate of housing replacement is around 0.1% of the stock. At that rate, houses will have to last for a 1000
years. Although this is not likely to be the case, it is obvious that the buildings around in 20 years time will be mostly
those here today i.e. the building of the future is already built. In terms of resource efficiency, the main implications are
those of dealing with the current building legacy, for example hazardous materials.
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When producing a forward look it is important to be aware that things rarely go to
plan. To illustrate this, detailed below are 2 scenarios presented by the Big Ideas

project using the same drivers of increasing legislation, technological change, a move
towards considering the whole life cycle of buildings, and changes within construction
education; the outcomes are very different.
[1] The Big Ideas project is about helping the industry to be prepared for future change. Theyll do this
by first producing a range of possible future scenarios, and then use these to work with construction
organisations and professionals. Their aim is to assess the likelihood of different futures, and to think
about the steps that could be taken to prepare for and exploit future opportunities, and mitigate or avoid
less positive outcomes.
Obviously, there is scope to influence the future direction but this will be constrained
by other drivers. This suggests that there is limited value in setting targets and
agreeing a road-map unless there is a long term commitment to refine and adapt the
strategy in line with construction.
CoNSTruCTioN iN 2025: SCeNArio 1
Increasing legislation and regulation of both building performance, and the
activities of construction, at national, international and global levels over the last
two decades has opened up new markets for UK construction firms. Common
standards have allowed expansion of the national construction sector into a
global arena. Construction professionals are in great demand as being able to
navigate this legislation. A significant shift towards a holistic, lifecycle based
approach has integrated design, construction and facility management, and has
integrated a previously fragmented landscape. Work allocation has shifted from
short term construction to long term service provision. This has also allowed
construction firms to expand their competencies into new areas of facility
operations and management.
Shifts in technology have also produced some radical changes. New materials
and ways of producing them have heralded the long anticipated switch from
construction being a primarily site-based industry, to an off-site one. Economies
of scale can now be generated, driving down the costs of building, as well as
ensuring that sustainability issues are addressed through using energy efficient,
clean materials. Todays buildings are able to monitor, clean and maintain
themselves, using smart cladding systems, nano technology and intelligent
computers. The predictability offered by manufactured components has
replaced the uncertainties of previous bespoke methods. On-site technology
has also introduced benefits. The use of robotic machinery to undertake work
in hazardous areas has improved constructions health and safety record to an
impeccable standard. The use of common ICT systems to coordinate work has
made the construction process more transparent, allowing clients to gain a better
understanding of construction methods, and to take a proactive role in design.
Education has played its part. The training of construction professionals is directed
at producing more flexible and adaptable people, who have an understanding
of the whole construction process, from design to FM and who are aware of the
benefits of using new materials and ICT enabled processes.
CoNSTruCTioN iN 2025: SCeNArio 2
Increasing legislation and regulation at national, international and global levels
over the last two decades has opened up the UK market to intense competition
from foreign competitors at the expense of UK based firms. Common standards
have tightly constrained construction practices, and construction professionals
main activities consist of wading through this extensive regulation. A significant
shift towards a holistic, lifecycle based approach has integrated design,
construction and facility management has meant that only firms large enough to
manage the whole of the construction and FM process have survived. Specialist
SMEs have all but disappeared from the sector. Construction itself has become a
loss-leader into more stable FM and service provision
Shifts in technology have also produced some radical changes. New materials
and ways of producing them have heralded the long anticipated switch from
construction being a primarily site-based industry, to an off-site one pushing
site-based skills into terminal decline. This is causing severe difficulties in
maintaining and repairing older buildings. The increased use of manufactured
components has also allowed firms from outside the traditional construction
sector to enter and increase competition further and has meant a move away
from bespoke and individual buildings, much to the detriment of the built
environment generally. On-site technology has also brought about change. The
use of robotic machinery to undertake work in hazardous on-site areas has
sealed another nail in the coffin of the traditional trades. The use of common
ICT systems to coordinate work has led to even more standardisation of
process, at the expense of the subjective and creative abilities of construction
professionals. Novelty and innovation are severely stilted.
Education has played its part. The training of construction professionals is directed
at producing people with an understanding of construction as an IT driven
process, where accountability is directed towards standards and regulation rather
than the aesthetically driven architects and engineers of the past. Traditional
disciplinary distinctions have gone.
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Climate change, and hence carbon emissions, will be a key driving force in changing
construction over the next 20 years. This has a major impact on waste reduction,
reuse and recycling in terms of prioritisation of building type, materials, products and
new technologies. There is little suggestion that this step change to reduce carbon
will have an equal reduction in material resource use. In fact it could have an adverse
effect if material resources are considered far less important than energy resources.
Two key points with regard to material efficiency/embodied carbon and the low-
carbon-operation are:
The more energy-efficient a building is, then the greater the proportional carbon
significance of its materials. Very typical figures for a conventional building with
a 100 year life would be that embodied C emissions from materials are about
10% of total emissions over building lifespan, or 10 years worth. In a building
with 40% of the operational energy requirements of a conventional building (the
40% House), assuming absolute embodied C is similar, then embodied C will be
more like 22% of total lifetime emissions. By the time you get to the 20% House,
embodied C is more like 36% of total emissions.
If building lifespans are reducing. On a 50-year lifespan, the proportions of
embodied C to overall C emissions are as follows:
100% House embodied C 22% of total
40% House embodied C 36% of total
20% House embodied C 53% of total.
These are rough estimates, but it is entirely plausible that material impacts will equal
or outweigh operational impacts in the future. Therefore material resource efficiency
should be integrated into the energy-efficiency agenda on a proper (carbon) basis.
This will have wide-ranging impacts on material selection and end-of-life solutions.
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Partly to respond to climate change, but mainly to deliver affordable buildings that
can be quickly constructed, traditional construction will be replaced by standardised
and factory produced buildings and elements. This may result in lower amounts of site
based construction waste but off-site waste, lifespan and recyclability of demolition
waste need to be factored in to give a whole life view of waste and resource use.
Standardisation will enable a more focussed approach to waste reduction and resource
efficiency to be developed, i.e. target the resource use of a few standardised products/
elements and the impact will be far greater than trying to influence several thousand.
This could be linked to sustainable procurement, in that better performing products/
elements become the standard, e.g. A rated in the Green Guide to Specification.
Producer Responsibility could be extended to all products and Integrated Product
Policy along the lines of the Energy Using Products Directive. The result of this would
be two fold firstly, the life cycle impacts of products will need to be evaluated
and possibly rated; secondly, that manufacturers will have to consider the resource
implications of their products across the whole life cycle. This should have a very
positive effect on waste production, and will also promote reuse and recycling where
they offer improved life cycle impact. Construction products are already assessing
their life cycle impact through Environmental Profiles
, making improvements based
upon the results is the next step.
To be aligned with low carbon building material use, waste, reuse and recycling
should be quantifiable in terms of carbon. Improvements should result in carbon
Demolition and refurbishment waste are likely to increase. Traditional markets for
these materials are likely to decline. This will mean that current levels of reuse and
recycling will be hard to sustain.
Modern methods of construction (MMC) will become more widespread.
Resource use and waste over a fixed period, e.g. 100 years, should be compared
for traditional versus MMC as part of the drive to reduce environmental impacts.
Systems and products that give the best overall environmental performance and
whole life cost should be promoted.
Standardisation could promote large scale improvements in environmental
performance. It is important that material resource efficiency is developed
alongside other environmental criteria.
Life cycle assessment is the basis for making robust decisions on improving the
environmental performance of products, elements and buildings. Although
adopted by some product manufacturers, this has not been applied across the
sector and default information has to be used for wastage rates and proportion
of waste that is reused/recycled. Impacts relating to material resource efficiency
should be accessible for a particular product within overall LCA, e.g. the net
environmental gain of making certain improvements could be move from one
rating to a higher one.
Views sought: Please comment on this forward look. Where you have
differing or additional points, supporting data/ information is very
[2] Life Cycle Assessment methodology for construction products

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Developing long term targets for construction resource efficiency
With little baseline data, targets and related action plans are not going to be entirely
robust and will require further development. However, this strategy proposes a route
to defining how this could be derived with industry and policy makers. It also tries to
illustrate the scale of impact of adopting one target/approach over another. Long term
targets for waste reduction, reuse and recycling are the best way to define what can be
achieved and focus our combined efforts within the framework of a combined target.
This is not easy to do for a wastestream that is fragmented in the following ways:
Waste is being produced and sent to landfill by the actions of the whole
supply chain manufacture, distribution, design, construction, maintenance,
refurbishment, demolition, (resource management).
Waste from manufacture, construction, refurbishment and demolition are
lumped together for reporting purposes but are different in terms of amounts,
composition, causes, levels of integration and separation.
However, different targets for each part of the supply chain or activity would be less
meaningful unless set against overarching, global targets i.e. each will have a role
to play in reaching the target but the actions and relative contribution may differ in
accordance with their ability to deliver. An example of this could be waste reduction
and demolition waste, whereby the only realistic way to prevent demolition waste
would be to have a longer lasting building this is not something the demolition
sector can achieve. It is more the design, durability of products/materials and
maintenance of the building that can achieve waste reduction in this instance.

Waste is being produced through manufacture, distribution, design, construction,
refurbishment and demolition. To illustrate how targets could be set across the
construction sector, the following have been expanded upon:
Construction waste new build housing
Refurbishment waste housing
Demolition waste all sectors
Following consultation, subject to having usable data and continued support, it
is planned to improve the confidence of the approach and targets, and include all
sectors for construction and refurbishment waste.
Views sought: Manufacture, distribution and design all contribute
to these wastes to a varying extent. Views on whether these areas
should be expanded on separately (and why) would be welcome.
Figure 2 Construction and demolition waste overview
environmental performance indicator
waste/100 m
12 20 14 22
Construction and demolition waste
Manufacture Distribution Design Construction Refurbishment Demolition
Hospitals Housing Offices Schools
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1 Construction waste: Housing
Amounts of waste produced from different types of construction are starting to be
and improved upon. Some initial Environmental Performance Indicators
are given below these are given as m
waste per 100 m
floor area, which allows
for like for like comparison; and m
/100,000 which can be greatly influenced by the
regional, design and material costs, see Table 2.
Table 2 Environmental Performance Indicators
D = Demolition
e = excavation
G = Groundworks
M = Mainframe
S = Services
P = Partitions
F = Fit-out


Benchmarks e,G, M
G, M,
S, P, F
G, M,
S, P, F
G, M,
S, P, F
G, M,
S, P, F
G, M,
S, P, F
Key Performance
Indicator (KPI)
= m
project value
52.3 6.1 7.9 17.3 8.4 13.2
performance Indicator
(EPI) = m
61.7 3.7 11.7 19.2 14.1 22.2
[3] Environmental Performance Indicators and other waste benchmarking in construction is subject to
development through the National Benchmarking Project contact
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23 housing projects have submitted benchmarking data to Smartstart
. A summary
of results is given in Table 3.
Table 3 Benchmarking data
Project Type
Housing ePi (m
waste/100 m
Waste Group
residential x
23 no
Timber 1.3 0.3 0.39
Concrete 2.5 1.11 2.775
Inert 1.1 1.3 1.43
Ceramic 2.8 0.78 2.18
Insulation 1.0 0.16 0.16
Plastic 0.6 0.22 0.132
Packaging 2.9 0.55 1.59
Metal 1.3 0.8 1.04
Plaster & Cement 3.2 0.4 1.28
Miscellaneous 2.5 0.4 1.0
Total ePi 19.2 11.997
The average amount of waste produced across these sites is 19.2 m
waste per
100 m
floor area (the environmental performance indicator EPI). Taking this figure
and applying it to a typical semi of 80 m
gives an average material waste generation
of 15.36 m
of waste per house. When adding in an average 50% void space in the
skips that would collect this waste this equates to around 30 m
of skipped waste.
A typical skip has a volume of 6.125 m
, so around 5 skips will be needed to contain
the waste from 1 house. Based upon the Environment Agency conversion factors, the
weight of waste from our generic house is 9.6 tonnes.
[4] Waste benchmarking tool, part of the BREEAM family
Typical house 80m
waste materials 5 skips
15.36 m
per house 5 skips or 9.6 tonnes
Figure 3 Generic house construction waste
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have shown that a typical construction skip costs around 1343 when you
add the cost of the skip to the cost of labour and materials that fill it. The breakdown
of this is:
Skip hire 85 (quite low compared to current prices) 6.4% of cost
Labour to fill it 163 12.1% of cost
Cost of materials in skip 1095 81.5% of cost
Therefore, the financial cost of waste for our generic house is for 5 skips, around
6715, and rising.
6715 per house 5439 cost of materials, 812 labour, 430 skip cost
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The products and materials that are wasted during the construction process have life
cycle impacts associated with their material extraction, production and distribution.
It is even more difficult to make estimates here due to the lack of data in both the
material composition of this wastestream and the life cycle impacts associated with
the production, distribution and installation of the associated wasted products.
A possible approach could be as follows:
Convert the 9.6 tonnes of materials in each category to number of ecopoints
Combine all the ecopoints and then convert these to an equivalent tonnes of
carbon dioxide
We have gone through this process with the limited data we have and made various
assumptions. The end result is that the 9.6 tonnes of waste produced by our generic
house has a carbon dioxide equivalent of around 5.44 tonnes.
[5] Amec Darlington study
[6] Ecopoints are a combination of 13 impacts that feed into the BRE environmental profile of products and
materials i.e. a life cycle assessment.
[7] Minimising CO
emissions from new homes 2nd edition AECB 2006

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Around 190,000 houses were built 2004/05 financial year
. If this continues to be
the case, the impact for new housing alone is very approximately:
If these figures are anywhere near reality, they are very good reasons to reduce them,
as illustrated next.
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[8] DCLG Housing statistics
[9] Zero net waste principle the amount of waste sent to landfill is balanced with an equal amount of
recycled content
[10] Please note these figures are illustrative and speculative, based on minimal data.
Wasted product per house
5.44 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent
Homes built to Part L have estimated emissions relating to heating and power of
around 2-4 tonnes CO
per year
Per year:
2,918,400 m
of waste
1,824,000 tonnes or 950,000 skips
1,275,850,000 (includes 1,039,817,750 cost of wasted product)
1,033,600 tonnes CO
equivalent. This amount is the same amount of CO

emitted from driving a Ford Focus Ghia 1.6 from earth to the sun and back 20
times. Or represents 0.18% of UK CO
emissions for 2004.
option 1 Current best practice
new housing
Following best practice in terms of
reuse, take back of offcuts, recycling
and reducing waste through site
practices could have the following
effect on new housing waste.
Baseline 2,918,400 m
of waste or
1,824,000 tonnes assume:
15% reduced
5% reused
60% recycled
20% landfilled
Waste reduction is 273,600 tonnes
Applying the zero net waste principle,
364,800 tonnes of recycled content
would be needed.
Savings from reduction (1343 per
skip) and not paying landfill tax
(40 per skip)
Reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent
through reduction of new housing
waste only could be in the region of:
155,040 tonnes per year

option 2 - Current best practice

and reduce waste by 50% new
Reducing waste by 50% is more
difficult to achieve but is essential if
significant financial and CO
reductions are to be attained.
Baseline 2,918,400 m
of waste or
1,824,000 tonnes, assume:
50% reduced
40% recycled
10% landfilled
Waste reduction is 912,000 tonnes
Applying the zero net waste principle,
364,800 tonnes of recycled content
produces a positive net waste i.e.
higher recycled content than waste
sent to landfill.
Savings from reduction (1343 per
skip) and not paying landfill tax
(40 per skip)
Reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent
through reduction of new housing
waste only could be in the region of:
516,000 tonnes per year

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rising costs of resource management
Resource management costs are rising each year, it was not possible to predict by
how much. Discussions with industry experts suggest that resource management
costs will approximately double over the next ten years, from around 55 per tonne
to 120 per tonne
. Therefore, it is important to note that savings estimated
from the 2 options should be set against these rises to determine when they will be
overtaken these rising costs. Some factoring in of corresponding increased savings
(e.g. not paying higher landfill tax on recycled waste) would also provide a better
model of when this might happen.
Peter Jones, Biffa
Allocation of targets
Big reductions in waste will not be possible unless they are accrued throughout the
supply chain. Therefore, it would be useful to be able to allocate the target of 50%
waste reduction across the relevant supply chain i.e. distributed in accordance with
the ability to deliver those savings. Unfortunately little data exists that would support
this approach. An idea of what this might look like is given in Figure 4 below please
note the given allocations are only for illustration and have little basis of evidence.
Total Site practice Design Distribution Manufacture
Tonnes of waste per home
Figure 4 Option 2 Allocation of target Baseline vs target waste per house
end of construction waste section.
See also: recommended actions in Section 4.
Views sought: Please comment on the baseline, approach and resulting target. Supporting data/information is particularly welcome.
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There is very little data available on waste arising from housing refurbishment. The
following argument uses heavily extrapolated figures for illustrative purposes. It is
probable that actual figures are significantly higher; these need to form the basis of
ongoing research.
Capital refurbishment works to local authority dwellings in England are currently
generating an estimated 470,000 m
of waste from around 750,000 refurbishment
packages per year. Decent Homes refurbishments are expected to continue into
the future on a rolling programme at similar levels until 2025 and beyond (although
there may be some acceleration towards the 2010 Decent Homes target year).
Table 4 summarises expected arisings of principal waste categories by refurbishment
Extrapolating these figures
to local authorities in Wales, Scotland & Northern
, we estimate a steady annual total of UK local authority refurbishment
waste of approximately 650,000 m
. Extrapolating further to other tenures
, we
would expect the following breakdown of UK annual housing refurbishment waste
Table 5 UK annual housing refurbishment waste arisings
Local authority 650,956 m
RSL 368,850 m
Owner occupied 3,624,353 m
Private rented 504,121 m
Total 5,148,280 m
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Waste arising from refurbishment projects, especially in private dwellings, is
particularly problematic because:
Domestic refurbishment work, unless programmed by local authorities or RSLs,
tends to be small-scale with little opportunity for strategic resource efficiency
Domestic refurbishment work tends to be carried out by SME contractors with
limited awareness of or practical policies on resource efficiency.
Mixed waste is generated in small quantities with little or no site space available
for storage and segregation, and little or no on-site reprocessing or reuse
potential. Waste containers used will generally be smaller and more costly per m

capacity than for new construction.
[12] This assumes a similar ratio of refurbishment packages to overall stock levels.
[13] Decent Homes analogues exist in these countries, such as the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (target
date 2012).
[14] Based on 2003 tenure profile, but not allowing for different refurbishment profiles.

2 Refurbishment waste: Housing

Table 4 Expected arisings of principal waste categories by refurbishment package

Waste Group
estimated annual waste volume m
by refurbishment package, england LA dwellings*
structure roof covering Windows Doors
heating Kitchens Bathrooms
Timber 18039 12042 33062 45131 42222 7661
Ceramic 22984
Insulation 12026
Plastic 4672 15322
Packaging 9345 28013 21111 15322
Metal 9345 70033
Plaster & cement 13224 11283 14006 31666 22983
Miscellaneous 9345 3967
Totals 32707 18039 24068 50253 56414 112052 94999 84272
* Based on actual work carried out 2004-5, data from local authority Business Plan statistical returns to DCLG.
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A high proportion of waste is believed to consist of composite products with
little or no reclamation value and limited recycling potential. Small volumes
of recyclable materials may be segregated off-site and recycled, but with no
associated financial reward to the contractor.
Skip void space is likely to be higher than for construction waste, given both
the nature of the waste (which will include removed items and assemblies with
built-in voids) and logistics (different waste materials generated at same time, no
intermediate storage available).
These factors will tend to increase the direct costs of waste disposal from
refurbishment compared to that from new construction, and at the same time to limit
towards zero opportunities for on-site segregation. At the same time, the financial
value of materials skipped will be lower than for construction, assuming that 80%
of these are end-of-life materials whose costs have already been apportioned over
their purchase and use. Factoring in the above inefficiencies and material values, we
propose a true cost of 562 per 6.125 m
skip, broken down as:
Skip hire 150 plus added 20% for increased voids = 180
Labour to fill 163
Cost of new materials in skip (20% by volume) 219
Given the small scale of many refurbishment projects, this figure of 562 may
represent a minimum waste disposal cost. This needs to be established empirically.
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Based on the waste profile for the Decent Homes refurbishment packages above,
it is possible to put a tentative figure on the carbon dioxide impacts represented by
the embodied energy of the waste materials
. Each m
of refurbishment waste
matching this profile is associated with emissions of approximately 750 kg CO
Average CO
impact per refurbishment package is approximately 500 kg.
[15] Figures derived from the BRE Environmental Profiles database

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Based on the projected refurbishment scenario outlined above, the total annual UK
impacts for domestic refurbishment alone are certain to exceed:
5,148,280 m
of waste, equivalent to 367,685 tonnes
or 840,000 skips
Emissions of 4 million tonnes CO
Disposal costs of 472 million
A major caveat is that refurbishment drivers in the owner-occupied and private rented
sectors are very different, and the profiles of refurbishment work and waste arisings
will also differ. Extension and renovation works by owner-occupiers will produce
significant quantities of inert, concrete, ceramic, cement and plaster waste not
predicted by the Decent Homes refurbishment pattern. This will affect overall waste
volumes and composition of relative material masses and carbon impacts. This needs
further investigation.
There is a lack of data concerning the recycling and disposal routes for refurbishment
waste; the situation being further complicated by the fact that a significant but
unverifiable proportion of segregation currently takes place off site.
At present, there is insufficient confidence in the baseline data to consider future
options and targets.
end of refurbishment waste section.
See also: recommended actions in Section 4.
Views sought: Please comment on the assumptions and approach.
There was not enough data to attempt to set baselines or targets, so
any supporting data/ information would be very welcome.
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An estimated 26 million tonnes of demolition materials are produced each year
please note this is based on best data available and should be used for guidance
only. This is broken down in Table 6 below.
Table 6 Demolition materials
Amount arisings
Percentage Data source
Hardcore 21 million tonnes 81%
NFDC Annual
Returns 20052
Mixed C&D waste 1.7 million tonnes 6.5%
NFDC Annual
Returns 2005
materials 3.3 million tonnes 12%
BigRec Survey
The hardcore material represents materials such as concrete, aggregates, glass,
bricks and blocks. The mixed C&D waste includes materials such as plastics, timber,
composites and will originate largely from soft-strip activities (i.e. the removal
of interior fixtures and fittings). The reclaimed materials include items such as
architectural and ornamental antiques, reclaimed materials (timber beams and
flooring, bricks, tiles, paving and stone walling), salvaged materials (iron and steel
and timber) and antique bathrooms. It should be noted that an update of the BigRec
survey is currently being replicated as part of the this project as anecdotal evidence
suggests that there has been a fall in the amount of materials being reclaimed. No
figures are included for metals as these were unavailable at the time of writing.
Typical composition of demolition waste is given in Figure 5. This is based on pre-
demolition audits carried out at BRE. It is assumed that all of the hardcore materials
are recycled and that the mixed demolition waste is landfilled (based on NFDC data).
Current practice in terms of waste management is shown in Figure 6. In terms of
applying the principles of the waste hierarchy to demolition arisings reduction is
not applicable unless the decision is taken to reuse/refurbish the building rather than
demolish. Therefore the two principle waste management routes are reclamation (i.e.
reusing products preferably in the same application) and then recycling (i.e. using the
material for a product).
In terms of the landfill of demolition waste, 32% (0.5 million tonnes) is hazardous
waste. 80% of materials recycled (i.e. hardcore) includes the recycling of 53% on site
and the remaining 47% off site. The current recycling rates of 80% although high,
hide the fact that the it is usually low grade recycling; with the potential for high-
grade reuse higher. This has an impact in terms the cost benefits and environmentally.
3 Demolition waste: All sectors
Other (7%)
Timber (4%)
Metals (3%)
Masonry (32%)
Concrete (54%)
Recycled (80%)
Reclaimed (13%)
Landfilled (7%)
Hardcore used
on-site (16%)
Hardcore removed
off-site (27%)
Hardcore crushed on-site
for use on-site (37%)
Hardcore crushed on-site
for off-site sale (20%)
Figure 5 Typical composition of waste
Figure 6 Waste management current practice
Figure 7 Hardcore recycling rates
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In terms of setting longer term targets, best practice from pre-demolition audits
carried out by BRE indicates that landfill could decrease to 4% from 7%, recycling
decrease from 80% to 68% with an increase in reclamation from 13% to 28%. This is
based on current buildings and technology used for demolition. No account has been
taken into account of the extra requirement for time and labour i.e. an increase in
reclamation would require more time to demolish and possibly more labour. However
the increased value of reclamation products would offset this.
In terms of achieving best practice, an assumption has been made that the level of
recycling on and off site remains the same as current practice. For landfill, the amount
of hazardous waste is assumed to be constant.
Emissions of CO
have been calculated for the distances travelled for the demolition
arisings; obviously if material is being reused on site only a tiny fraction of CO
be attributed to transportation impacts. Therefore, assuming the maximum distance
for transportation of demolition arisings is 20 miles then the following CO
from transportation apply, see Table 7.
Table 7 CO
emissions from travelling 20 miles*
Demolition materials Current practice Best practice
Hardcore recycled on site
A saving of 21,000
A saving of 18,200
Hardcore recycled off site 18,400 tonnes 14,560 tonnes
Reclaimed materials 6,000 tonnes 12,740 tonnes
Landfilled 3,100 tonnes 1,820 tonnes
*Assuming 0.091kg of CO
for 1 tonne every 1 mile travelled
Therefore, currently 21,000 tonnes of CO
emissions are saved by recycling materials
on site through savings in transportation. By currently transporting materials from
site this generates 24,400 tonnes of CO
emissions with an additional 3,100 tonnes
created from transporting this waste to landfill.
For the best practice scenario the amount of CO
emissions increases this is
because the amount of material salvaged for reuse increases requiring the movement
of materials offsite. However, it should be noted that reclaimed materials can travel
much further (between 100 to 7,500 miles
) before their environmental benefit is
lost against new materials.
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Embodied energy has been calculated from the demolition materials and is shown
in Table 8 below
. The figures do not show the environmental impacts from the
different waste management options. These figures will also take into account
transportation impacts. It should be noted that the equivalent CO
tonnes contained
in these materials will be lost when landfilled and a high proportion will be lost when
the materials are recycled as the materials are used in low grade applications (the
exact amount is currently unknown). In terms of reclaimed products, the equivalent
is not lost as the product is used again as a product.
Table 8 Embodied energy
Type of
overall equivalent in Co
Data sources
Current practice Best practice
Reduction of
62,000 tonnes
Reduction of
72,000 tonnes
Based on Big Rec
Survey data
Hardcore materials Increase of
3,900,000 tonnes
Increase of
3,300,000 tonnes
Based on a split
between concrete
and masonry
Mixed C&D waste Increase of
870,000 tonnes
Increase of
514,000 tonnes
Based on a split
between timber
and other
Total overall increase
of 4.74 million
tonnes of Co
overall increase
of 3.8 million
tonnes of Co
[17] BRE Green Guide to Specification
[18] These calculations have been derived from the BRE Environmental Profiles Database.
Disposal (4%)
Recycling (68%)
Reclaimed (28%)
Figure 8 Best practice targets for longer term
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The assumed total cost of current and best practice waste management routes from
demolition are shown in Table 9 below.
Table 9 Assumed total cost of current and best practice waste management routes
Type of demolition
Total value
current practice
Total value
best practice
Data sources
Reclaimed materials + 389 million +819 million Based on BigRec
Survey data
Hardcore materials
recycled on site
+ 35 million +30 million Based on a cost
saving of 3/tonne
Hardcore materials
recycled off site
+ 20 million +16 million Based on a cost
saving of 2/tonne
Landfill mixed C&D
58 million 25 million Based on
Landfill hazardous
50 million 50 million Based on
Total + 344 million + 790 million
The costs in Table 9 are for illustrative purposes only. It is important to note that
demolition contracts are usually priced lower as the savings made through material
recycling are factored in.
These options are based on current practice in terms of the types of buildings being
demolished and the techniques used. The following issues should be noted when
implementing a strategy for demolition waste:
Due to the changes in practices for construction such as the higher use of
modern methods of construction, more use of composite materials etc it is likely
in the longer term that it will be harder to achieve these levels of reclamation and
There is a requirement for designers, architects and clients to design buildings
that aid recovery options at the end of the buildings life. This involves the
disassembly and deconstruction of buildings as preferential over demolition

and specifying materials and products which can be reclaimed or recycled. Many
of the current techniques used for fixing and joining do not currently aid these
principles. This is also important in terms of the amount of hazardous waste
which is currently produced which is likely to rise.
Factors affecting the demolition industry and the amount of materials that can
be recovered include:
an increasing move towards more mechanized ways of operating (largely
due to health and safety requirements) which means the removal of more
bulk material rather than higher value products
less time to demolish buildings and therefore realise the true value of
demolition arisings
the interpretation of the waste legislation especially related to the recycling
of waste on and off site.
In terms of reclamation, issues that need to be considered are:
the markets and associated logistics for increasing the number of products
for reclamation
the costs of reclaiming materials (i.e. usually requires more time and labour)
the incentive for using reclaimed.
end of Demolition waste section.
See also: recommended actions in Section 4.
Views sought: Please comment on the baseline, approach and
resulting target. Supporting data/ information is particularly
[19] The CIB Task Group 39 Deconstruction involved a number of countries carrying our research studies into
this area. For more info:

option 1, current practice

demolition waste
Assumption: 26 million tonnes
13% reclaimed
(3.3 million tonnes)
80% recycled
(21 million tonnes)
53% recycled on site
(11 million tonnes)
47% recycled off site (10
million tonnes)
7% landfilled
(1.7 million tonnes)
32% is hazardous waste
(500,000 tonnes)
Total benefit is 344 million
from transportation is
27,500 tonnes with 21,000
tonnes saved by recycling on-site.
The material impact is equivalent
to 4.74 million tonnes of CO

option 2, achievable best practice

demolition waste
Assumption: 26 million tonnes arising
28% reclaimed (7 million tonnes)
68% recycled (18 million tonnes)
53% recycled on site
(10 million tonnes)
47% recycled off site (8 million
4% landfilled (1 million tonnes)
50% is hazardous waste (500,000
Total benefit is 790 million
Reclamation income increasing by
430 million
Recycling income decreasing by
9 million
Landfill costs decreasing by 38 million
from transportation is 29,120
tonnes an increase of 1620 tonnes
with 18,200 tonnes saved by recycling
The material impact is equivalent to
3.8 million tonnes of CO
, a reduction
of 0.94 million tonnes.

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Table 10 summarises the immediate actions needed to develop this strategy and associated targets. Table 12 captures actions that could be taken across and within the supply
chain to improve resource efficiency in the short to medium term.
Table 10 Actions to develop strategy
Actions needed to better define the target CoNSTruCTioN
Generate better Environmental Performance Indicators across the range of construction sectors and building types: amount, composition volumes and tonnes (some
of this is being developed in the National Benchmarking project). Allocate across the supply chain if possible.
Develop wastage rates for commonly used construction products (actual rather than Laxton approach) and allocate across the supply chain. (Modelling of future waste
impacts for construction products being carried out by MTP)
Annual statistics on the flow of construction products and materials used in the UK (currently being explored in Strategic Approach to Construction Waste project)
Establish a common methodology for true waste costing for construction waste which is compatible with cost methods for refurbishment and demolition.
Predictions/modelling of the future costs of resource management related to specific waste types and regional differences e.g. inert, timber recycled, mixed landfill,
hazardous waste.
Establish a common methodology to derive the benefits of resource efficiency, allocate across the supply chain.
Establish robust methodology for predicting waste generation (some of this is being developed in the National Benchmarking project)
Establishing site, company, regional and national waste prevention targets (being explored in Strategic Approach to Construction Waste project)
Quantifying the waste impact of modern methods of construction and/or standardisation across the whole life of the building (being explored in DTI Be Aware Project;
by MTP, BRE Design for Manufacture & SmartLIFE, WRAP and Envirowise)
Establish a method of carbon accounting for typical construction wastes and work packages, including a methodology for crediting/debiting offsite impacts in addition
to embodied energy impacts, including recycling pathways and disposal impacts
Actions needed to better define the target reFurBiSHMeNT
Generate better data on housing refurbishment and waste profiles by tenure, and on public and commercial refurbishment by type e.g. shopfitting, schools, hotels,
offices etc. (some of this is being developed in the National Benchmarking project)
In particular, identify rates and waste impacts of owner-occupier refurbishment and extension/conversion work (some of this will be explored in the DTI TZERO project).
Establish baseline figures for non-capital renewal works including decorating, replacement of guttering etc.
Identify priority patterns of refurbishment waste by work package, type and disposal issues, in order to produce specific guidance for clients, specifiers and contractors.
Establish a common methodology for true waste costing for refurbishment waste which is compatible with cost methods for construction and demolition.
Research whole life costing of refurbishment options (currently being explored in Strategic Approach to Construction Waste project)
Establish a method of carbon accounting for typical refurbishment wastes and work packages, including a methodology for crediting/debiting offsite impacts in addition
to embodied energy impacts, including recycling pathways and disposal impacts.
Actions needed to better define the target DeMoLiTioN
Generate and collect data on the rates of demolition for different sectors and building type enabling future scenario modelling and prediction
Define sector, building and material type Environmental Performance Indicators for demolition to establish baseline figures and set appropriate targets (some of this is
being developed in the National Benchmarking project)
Gain a better understanding of the composition of demolition waste for products and materials by establishing a common data methodology and collection process
(some of this is being developed in the National Benchmarking project)
Collect data on the types of materials that arise from different demolition processes i.e. bulk materials versus actual products
Establish a better data set for routes for demolition waste and the associated costs including revenue versus cost of different options (especially relevant for
deconstruction versus demolition); include transportation costs
Establish a mechanism/tool for calculating the whole life costs for demolition waste and prediction of future costs
Collect data on the actual environmental impacts of the demolition process and subsequent waste management routes (including transportation) to establish a life cycle
assessment tool to help with the decision making process.
Use the data identified above to establish a method for carbon accounting for demolition waste including a methodology for crediting/debiting offsite impacts in
addition to embodied energy impacts, including recycling pathways and disposal impacts
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Table 12 Actions that could be taken across and within the supply chain to improve resource efficiency in the short to medium term.
Actions needed across the supply chain CoNSTruCTioN
Designing out waste manual that relates to product selection and wastage, whole life costing, optimal use of MMC & standardisation, and design for deconstruction
(links to work areas of Envirowise, WRAP, MTP and DTI Be Aware project).
Case studies and guidance that clearly and consistently define the business case and opportunities for resource efficiency (links to work areas of Envirowise, WRAP and
Site waste management plans to include waste prevention targets and a system of collecting data from them (links to work areas of Envirowise, WRAP, RDAs, EA and
Explore use of enhanced capital allowances to promote construction resource efficiency
Quantifying the effects of different types of contracts and procurement on resource efficiency, also exploring the use of incentives and penalties to reach targets (links to
work areas of Envirowise and WRAP)
Greater use of consolidation centres to maximise resource use, minimise over-ordering and surplus materials (links to work areas of Envirowise and WRAP)
Producer responsibility voluntary agreements with manufacturers and other stakeholders that are based upon reducing the life cycle resource impacts of products (links
to work areas of MTP and DTI Be Aware project)
Promote compliance with Duty of Care certification of resource management sites (possibly leading to a BREEAM type system for transfer stations), provision of
recycling facilities for SMEs at Household Waste Recycling Centres (links to work areas of BRE Certification, EA, WRAP and RDAs)
Local collections or milk rounds for surplus products and materials, with resulting local supplies of small/part packages of products/low impact materials possibly with
community sector but health and safety risks would need to be mitigated.
Changing culture and raising awareness develop consistent and linked training packages, from on-site induction to various professions, from school through to relevant
vocational and higher educational courses (links to DfES programme, CITB, BRE, CIRIA, RDA, WRAP and Envirowise activities)
Quantification of material resource efficiency potential through adopting lean construction techniques (links to CLIP and Envirowise)
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Actions needed across the supply chain reFurBiSHMeNT
Reduction of packaging waste impacts through overall packaging reduction, preference for reusable and recyclable packaging materials, facilities and arrangements for
return, re-use and recycling (some of this is being done by WRAP and Envirowise).
Promote durable, higher-value materials and products which have a longer service life and represent greater economic and environmental reclamation and recycling
value upon decommissioning. Introduce market disincentives for inherently non-durable alternatives.
Consider parallel market transformation in use of paints, adhesives, treatments and finishings which restrict end-of-life options to the lower end of the waste hierarchy.
Promote the use of materials with recycled and/or reclaimed content (WRAP have a focus on increasing recycled content in buildings).
Consider options for maintaining the value of installations and designing for planned updating which permits maximum retention of existing materials. This may involve
leasing of kitchen and/or bathroom installations, increasing standardisation of fixtures and fittings to allow for continual upgrades with minimum disruption (some of this
will be explored by MTP and in the DTI TZERO project).
Promote small-scale, local segregated waste collection and reclamation/recycling services tailored to needs of refurbishment market and SME contractors.
Increase awareness of clients and specifiers of environmental, resource and whole life cost impacts of refurbishment options (some of this will be explored in the DTI
TZERO project). This could take a number of forms:
Produce case studies and guidance on reduction, reuse and recycling of refurbishment waste
Focus on future growth area of low-carbon refurbishment to help users better evaluate material resource impacts of options
Incorporate the resource efficiency of predicted maintenance schedule into the Home Information Pack
Work towards legislation for a housing maintenance manual which sets out predicted maintenance and refurbishment schedules, specifications, options and
Increase producer responsibility:
Product tagging for identification and traceability of materials
Product labelling with recommended service life effectively a best before date which allows clients and specifiers to better predict service life, design for
scheduled replacement and compare options on the basis of long-term cost
Increased take-back and remanufacture of end-of-life products and materials
Involvement of builders merchants and DIY chains in promotion of resource-efficient refurbishment products and systems
Develop resource efficiency action plans for social housing refurbishment programmes by local authorities and registered social landlords.
Design for adaptable buildings to minimise material wastage for foreseeable refurbishment and improvement phases including loft conversion, extension, knock-
through, kitchen & bathroom refit (some of this will be explored in the DTI TZERO project).

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Actions needed across the supply chain DeMoLiTioN
Ensure the usage of Site Waste Management Plans for demolition projects including the setting of appropriate targets for recovery; include a mechanism for analysis of
these datasets (some of this work is being done by WRAP and Envirowise)
Requirement of pre-demolition audits to ensure the potential for the reclamation and recycling of products/materials is identified and then realised.
Mapping of demolition activities in relation to new build activities and waste management facilities (including reclamation) to enable a resource planning tool to be
implemented e.g. through the use of BREMAP (a geographical information system which currently maps waste facilities)
Increased linkage to the community sector through reuse and recycling schemes (links to Community Recycling Network and RDAs)
More emphasis on the disassembly and deconstruction of buildings to achieve higher levels of reclamation including:
Research and development into technologies that aid deconstruction and the associated increased value of materials e.g. the use of remote controlled robotics,
microwave technology, laser technology and other suitable technologies
Design buildings for future reuse and recycling by using techniques that aid deconstruction .e.g. lime mortar, simplified fixing systems and use products/materials
which aid this with the avoidance of hazardous materials
Provide information including as build drawings and maintenance logs including identification of components and materials and associated points for disassembly
Develop the skill base for deconstruction and ensure adequate training
Work with designers and architects to encourage the flexible use and adaptation of property at a minimal future cost and maximise the lifespan of buildings.
In terms of supporting higher levels of reclamation the following actions are recommended:
Stimulate the reclamation market through increased access to products which are cost effective, available, aesthetically pleasing and perform technically.
Assess the potential for incentives the use of reclaimed materials e.g. lower VAT
Recognised training and accreditation programmes for the reclamation sector to ensure access on demolition sites (links to, CITB, NFDC and SALVO)
Provide certification, building codes and specifications for reclaimed materials
Provision of localised storage centres for reclaimed materials for the short term and possibly longer term i.e. storage of key demolition products to aid procurement
options and logistical requirement
Develop alternative markets for demolition arisings particularly related to products that are being used currently which may prove difficult to recover (some of this work
is being done by WRAP)
Investigate new treatment technologies for hazardous waste arising from demolition activities (some of this work is being done by DEFRA)
Provide a better linkage between the demolition and new build phases of the project through planning requirements and project management i.e. through the use of
tools such as pre-demolition audits, ICE demolition protocol and SWMPs (links to work being carried out by WRAP)
Promote the positive image of both the demolition and the reclamation sectors (links to NFDC, IDE and SALVO)
Provision of guidance, best practice case studies to inform the supply chain in terms of the cost and environmental benefits and technical requirements for using
reclaimed and recycled materials from demolition (some of this work is being done by WRAP).


Industry and other stakeholder views are very important to developing the strategy. As detailed at the beginning of this document, please send in
your views and comments by 10 November 2006. We will also be organising several workshops to capture industry views, please email or phone
if you would like to attend one of these workshops.
Views sought: These actions will be refined and further actions added through this consultation and associated workshops. it is also likely that
links to existing work have been missed. Any comments on the actions listed, additional actions or missed links will be very welcome.
Contact details for consultation responses:
Gilli Hobbs
BRE, Garston, Watford WD25 9XX
T: +44 (0) 1923 664856
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Be Aware Built environment Action on waste awareness and
resource efficiency
BRE Building Research Establishment
BREEAM Building Research Establishment Environmental
Assessment Model
BREMAP Building Research Establishment Materials
and Planning
BREW Business Resource Efficiency and Waste programme
Carbon/carbon dioxide
C & D waste Construction, demolition and refurbishment waste
CIRIA Construction Industry Research and Information
CITB Construction Industry Training Board
CLIP Construction Lean Improvement Programme
DCLG Department for Communities and Local Government
Defra Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
DfES Department for Education and Schools
DTI Department of Trade and Industry
EA Environment Agency
EPI Environmental performance indicator
waste/100 m
floor area in this document)
FM Facilities management
H & S Health and safety
ICE Institution of Civil Engineers
IDE Institute of Demolition Engineers
LCA Life cycle assessment
MMC Modern methods of construction
MT Million tonnes
MTP Market Transformation Programme
NFDC National Federation of Demolition Contractors
NISP National Industrial Symbiosis Programme
RDA Regional Development Agency
Salvo Information organisation for the reclamation sector
SME Small and medium size enterprise
SWMP Site Waste Management Plan
TZERO Towards Zero Emission Refurbishment Options
WRAP Waste and Resources Action Programme
Contact details for consultation responses:
Gilli Hobbs
BRE, Garston, Watford WD25 9XX
T: +44 (0) 1923 664856