EL45 - UL Presents: Buildings and the Circular Economy in Cities

Thursday, November 21 from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM | Booth L2023 « Back

Abstract Text:

By 2050, almost 70% of the world population is expected to live in cities. Meanwhile, cities are struggling to address problems associated with the “take-make-waste” linear economic system in light of estimates that cities consume more than 75% of natural resources, produce more than 50% of global waste, and emit up to 80% of greenhouse gases. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s “Circular Economy in Cities” project and Circular Cities Network have developed insights on what it takes to “transition towards a future of thriving cities that are livable and resilient, and that use materials according to circular economy principles.”[1] In this session, participants will learn about the core principles of the Circular Economy, what LEED and other green building requirements today link to those principles, how third-party certifications can be used to measure progress toward those principles, and how circular economy opportunities for buildings such as sharing and multi-purposing might affect the green building marketplace in the future. Participants will engage in an exercise to map LEED requirements to circularity principles and brainstorm the challenges and opportunities for application of circularity concepts in green building projects today, after which experts will share their insights and experiences in attempting to transition to a circular economy.

Learning Objectives:

Be able to recount several circular economy principles.

Recognize how LEED requirements link to circular economy principles, specifically in the following areas: LEED v4.1 O+M Existing Buildings: Materials & Resources (Waste Performance, Purchasing), LEED v4.1 BD+C New Construction: Storage and Collection of Recyclables and Construction & Demolition Waste Management, LEED v4.1 BD+C Healthcare: Design for Flexibility, LEED v4.1 Existing Cities: Materials & Resources (Waste Performance, Responsible Sourcing for Infrastructure).

Develop awareness of how circular economy imperatives may affect green buildings of the future.

List tools and resources to help create more circular green building projects.

Learning Level:



GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, LEED Specific: ID+C
Well/LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, LEED Specific: ID+C
IDCEC hours:

Event Type: Education Lab > Session