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Guidance launched to reduce waste in construction

A new standard to help reduce waste in the early stages of building or refurbishment projects has been launched by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

The standards aim is to encourage project developers to implement recycling strategies before any work is undertaken, design out waste and factor in high recyclability.

Waste reduction measures identified after strategies are set in place are very hard to deal with retrospectively, according to the BSI. Material waste reduction also minimizes build time and project costs.

The main features of the standard are:

  • Consistent and qualified approach for designing for material efficiency
  • Integrating designing out waste principles at early stages and communicating them formally
  • complementary to existing guides, such as WRAP’s

Three-quarters of respondents to an online BSI survey identified the design stage as crucial to a project where waste reduction was considered.

Mohamed Osmani, chairman of the BSI General Building Codes Committee and senior lecturer in architecture and sustainable construction at Loughborough University said: “[The guidance] responds to the recognition of the impact of designing in material efficiency and designing out waste on the overall sustainable performance of buildings as espoused in recent research and government guidance documents, and supported by designers’ call for associated guidance and codes of practice.”

Organisations involved in the development of the standard included Constructing Excellence, Loughborough University, Network Rail, Royal Institute of British Architects, Strategic Forum Waste Sub-group and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

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