Recovery and Re-Use of Structural Products from End of Life Buildings

Peter Hopkinson, Han-Mei Chen, Kan Zhou, Yong Wang, Dennis Lam

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Buildings and construction have been identified as having the greatest potential for circular economy value creation. One source of value creation is to recover and re-use building product from end of service life buildings, rather than destructive demolition and downcycling. Whilst there is a trade in non-structural and heritage product recovery and re-use, the largest volume, mass and value of most buildings comprises structural elements - concrete, brick and masonry and steel, present many challenges. A comprehensive literature review confirms limited attention to innovation and advanced techniques to address these challenges and therefore the potential re-use of the stocks of accumulated building products globally and associated environmental benefits. Potential techniques being tested in an EPSRC circular economy research programme are referenced as a key building block towards circular economy building system re-design.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1800007
JournalInstitution of Civil Engineers. Proceedings. Engineering Sustainability
Early online date12 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • Circular economy, steel, masonry, concrete, brick, product re-use


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