Barriers and Enablers to Circular Building Design in the US: An empirical study

Authors: Fernanda Cruz Rios, David Grau, and Melissa Bilec. Abstract: As discussions around the circular economy (CE) start to move beyond Eurocentric approaches, US stakeholders are left with the mission of carving their way into CE. The US building sector has substantial impacts in resource use, waste generation, and carbon emissions, and a long way to go on the path towards CE. Circular building design involve strategies such as design for disassembly (DfD) to allow future repair, remanufacture, and reuse of building components, building adaptive reuse, and using salvaged materials into new… Read More

The Elephant in the Dark: A Review of Holistic Approaches on Circular Economy in the Built Environment

Authors: Fernanda Cruz Rios, Sonia Panic, David Grau, Vikas Khanna, Joseph Zappitelli, and Melissa Bilec. Abstract: As one of the globe‚Äôs leading sectors for resource use and carbon emissions, the built environment could play a vital role in the circular economy (CE). This study investigated CE in the built environment from a systems-level perspective. First, we built on circular design frameworks to propose applications of CE in the building sector. Then, a bibliometric analysis revealed that the current literature is dominated by environmental themes with little regard for technology, education, and socio-cultural… Read More