New research into how a circular economy can work in the construction industry
RMIT University in Melbourne, collaborating with the University of South Australia, University of NSW, University of Wollongong and the University of Adelaide have commence a new project that will research how the industry can move from its current position to a circular economy. (A circular economy is a system that eliminates waste and keeps a flowing ‘loop’ of resources). The research will be looking at how to utilise some or all of the more than 20 million tonnes of waste sent to landfill from the construction industry.
There is no doubt that the Australian housing marking has been making a shift to sustainability in recent decades, but to truly move to a circular economy requires sustained interest and participation by all, not just by some.
This would make high quality, sustainable housing accessible to all. By the use of good design, well thought out regulations and smart incentives, the housing sector will deliver improved, sustainable housing to the market.