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Characterising existing buildings as material banks (E-BAMB) to enable component reuse

Rose, C; Stegemann, JA; (2018) Characterising existing buildings as material banks (E-BAMB) to enable component reuse. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability 10.1680/jensu.17.00074. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

As-built records for existing buildings tend to be poor. Components that make up the existing building stock must be better characterised to prevent them becoming waste. The first record of materials in an existing building is often the waste report, which classifies materials for waste management and gathers information after the opportunity for higher-value reuse of components has passed. Policy at various levels aims to increase reuse, but an understanding of ‘existing buildings as material banks’ (E-BAMB) is a necessary precursor to overcoming other barriers. This paper reviews the current means of understanding E-BAMB and identifies its shortfalls. This analysis leads to the conception of a strategy in which the various approaches are organised as an information system. The future role of technology and mandatory provision of E-BAMB information at the planning stage are explored. The proposed system would enable specifiers, manufacturers and academics to assess the wealth of materials that can be reused, repurposed or upcycled in new projects or businesses. This does not guarantee that actual reuse will occur, as financial, technical and legal barriers may remain. However, it creates the context for assessing secondary components against their virgin equivalents and the enabling conditions for new circular business models.

Type: Article
Title: Characterising existing buildings as material banks (E-BAMB) to enable component reuse
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1680/jensu.17.00074
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1680/jensu.17.00074
Language: English
Additional information: © ICE 2018. Published with permission by the ICE under the CC-BY 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Building Information Modelling (BIM), Demolition, Recycling & reuse of materials
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10053570
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