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DIF FIlm Circular Economy in the Built Environment: Innovation and Implementation

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  • Gilli Hobbs, Katherine Adams, Nitesh Magdani , Bill Dunster, Philip Guthrie

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This session combines demonstrations of innovation and implementation of circular economy in the built environment with an expert panel discussion. A short introductory video explaining the systemic changes, identified by the Buildings as Material Banks project, provides context on the multifaceted innovations needed to disrupt business as usual. A ‘show & tell’ features eight buildings located in and around BRE’s Innovation Park in Watford UK, ranging from flood resilience adaptation measures to promote waste reduction to full scale demonstration of high levels of reuse and recycled content in an operational office building. During the panel session, a diverse range of experts and practitioners discuss barriers and opportunities to transition from a linear to a circular built environment, including the £1million question on where R&D should focus next.


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Gilli Hobbs

Gilli Hobbs

Director at Strategic Advisory team at BRE

Director in the Strategic Advisory team at BRE, which includes resource efficiency, low carbon buildings and products, lean construction, renewable energy technologies and sustainable communities, in the UK and overseas. This role focusses on the development of high profile, collaborative projects in the UK, EU and internationally. Technically, she has over 23 years’ experience in delivering tools & solutions for the built environment, specialising in resource efficiency and more recently circular economy. Over this time, she has been instrumental in moving the ‘materials and waste’ agenda forward in the construction industry, including the development of the Resource Efficiency Action Plan concept and the Smart waste system.

Katherine Adams

Katherine Adams

Principal Consultant, BRE & PhD Researcher at Loughborough University.

Katherine has over 17 years’ experience in the area of construction resource efficiency. She has been responsible for the resource efficiency work area and has undertaken many relevant projects such as recycling technologies, waste prevention strategies, development of KPIs and measurement (e.g. through SmartSite (www.smartwaste.co.uk) and many studies on various materials. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Loughborough University, looking at how circular economy can be applied to buildings which has involved investigating the role of the supply chain, critical success factors such as policy and regulation and the potential for various building types.

Nitesh Magdani

Nitesh Magdani

Group Director Sustainability, Royal BAM Group

Responsible for the development and execution of BAM's sustainability strategy and roll out across all Group Operating Companies. Linkedin summary Having spent 13 years in practice as lead architect on numerous high profile projects, Nitesh’s role at BAM is to ensure sustainability is embedded in the
design, construction and the operation of the built environment it creates. As a sustainable design architect, Nitesh led many projects where R&D into new materials/ technologies has driven the design process. This has promoted innovative solutions for clients to appreciate longer term benefits through the life cycle of their developments. All of Nitesh's projects focus is to exceed client expectations whilst innovating into new ways of thinking – including materials, passive design, technology, and renewables.

Bill Dunster

Bill Dunster

Principal Zedfactory

Bill Dunster founded ZEDfactory in 1999. The architectural practice specialises in evolving a contemporary zero carbon vernacular and has completed a range of mixed use building typologies responding to different density requirements. Bill is a visiting professor of UCL and lectures worldwide. Dunster was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.

Philip Guthrie

Philip Guthrie

Circular London Collaboration Project Manager, London Waste and Recycling Board

Circular London Collaboration Project Officer, London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB). Phil joined London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) in 2017 with a view to promoting collaboration within the circular economy across London. The role looks to bring together industry, government, and academia to explore ways to help London transition to a circular economy. Before joining LWARB, Phil worked for Arup for over ten years designing sustainable buildings and masterplans in London, Middle East, Australia and South Africa. Over this time he developed extensive technical knowledge of the built environment sector, energy and sustainability performance, skills in facilitation and design exploration. Phil is a Chartered Environmentalist and an Accredited Mediator.

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