Contributor: Jeff McAllister

Jeff is a chemical engineering and a story-teller. He’s part of Arup’s Research, Foresight and Innovation team, a creative non-fiction writer, and runner. The half marathon is his favourite distance. Jeff is passionate about how engineering can be used to deliver humanitarian outcomes. Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Below Water, is his favourite one.

Circular Thinking: Zero-Waste Buildings

‘Circular economy’ is a fancy term for an industry that produces no waste. In practice, it means making products and materials more efficiently, and reusing them for as long as possible. This week we begin our series on Circular Thinking, looking at what circular economy might mean in practice. First off: buildings. No other human activity creates as much waste as construction – but what can architects and builders do about it? Our friends from Arup – the engineering masterminds – guide us through their research into zero-waste buildings.