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BUILDEX: W20 Three Perspectives on Circular Economy

February 12, 2020, 11:00 am12:30 pm

W20 Three Perspectives on Circular Economy: Material Health, LCA and Zero Waste

Our built environment is out-of-balance with nature and natural systems. The system of take, make, use, and waste is causing destruction of the ecology that supports us during extraction, releasing pollution and toxins during production, emitting toxins during use, and remaining with us for many generations after we throw these materials away. The benefits from the end product to users of are out of balance with the cost borne by other members of global society. People living near sites of extraction or production have an unequitable burden of exposure to toxins from materials that are ultimately used thousands of kilometres away. We need to employ holistic and systems-thinking mindsets to solve our problems and the role of public engagement is critical to solving this challenge. We need to take action and demand better products. We need product manufacturers to reassess the ingredients they are using. It is not just or equitable if people get sick so that we can build sustainable building and cities.

The Circular Economy is an economic system aimed at minimizing waste and utilizing resources to their fullest potential, in a closed loop cycle. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) are used to assess the environmental impacts of goods, services and organizations from a life cycle perspective – from the extraction of raw materials to manufacturing, distribution, use, and disposal. An LCA can be used to ensure circularity is achieved with low environmental impact. Learn how environmental impacts from LCA studies are leveraged when comparing circular economy strategies in building design and management decisions.

How can we change how we operate our businesses and how we practice design and construction to meet the goals of zero waste? Join us for an exploration of complimentary approaches and research at the intersection of achieving circular economy goals and see case studies, tools and best of all, the business case in support of designing, building and operating with the purpose of being free from waste.

[ BOMI 1 CPD ∙ AIBC 1 Core LU ∙ 1 HSW Hours IDCEC Approved | Accreditation pending: BC Housing  ]


  • Brenda Martens Director of Research and Collaboration, Light House


  • Rob Sianchuk Principal, Rob Sianchuk Consulting

  • Mona Lemoine Senior Sustainable Design Specialist, Perkins and Will



February 12, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Vancouver Convention Centre West
1055 Canada Pl
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 Canada
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