With David Cheshire, AECOM
With the global demand for resources surging, raw materials becoming harder to extract and the threats of climate change, increasing the construction industry needs to transform. As part of this, offices and workplace designs need to shift from the traditional ‘linear economy’ model, where materials and settings are generated, used and thrown away, to the ‘circular economy’ model. This model promotes a more sustainable, ‘regenerative’ approach, prioritising the retention and refurbishment of buildings over demolition, and designing for the separation and reuse of materials at the end of a building’s life. The talk and subsequent discussion will explore how designers, procurement teams and occupiers of workplaces should respond.
David Cheshire specialises in sustainability in the built environment and is Director – Sustainability at AECOM. David has more than 20 years’ experience acting as a sustainability champion on construction projects, and is a Chartered Environmentalist and BREEAM Accredited Professional. He has written best-practice industry guidance, including CIBSE’s Sustainability Guide. David is the author of Building Revolutions, a book for the RIBA on applying circular economy thinking to the built environment. The hierarchy proposed in David’s book is referenced in the latest London Plan consultation.