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Circular Economy: What are the opportunities for the property sector? - This event has already finished

25 October 2017
Thinktank, Birmingham B4 7XG

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A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear one that depends on the making, using and disposal of goods. It encourages the optimal use of resources, extracting maximum value, including recovering and regenerating after use. As well as creating new opportunities for growth, a more circular economy can reduce waste, drive greater resource productivity and deliver a more competitive UK economy.

This breakfast networking event will debate and discuss the value of circular economy thinking for the property sector and what investors, developers, occupiers and those providing buildings need to know to realise the benefits of new thinking in this area. It will include a short presentation from Gilli Hobbs of BRE on a Europe-wide project to develop new ideas and ways of embedding circular economy thinking into the built environment and property sector. Participants will then be divided into roundtable discussions to debate some of the key themes:

• What is the value of a circular economy for the property sector?

• What do owners and investors need to know (and what supporting guidance & tools are needed) to make more informed choices?

• What are your priorities in understanding & benefiting from circular economy developments in the future?

• How should the property sector share best practices, lessons learnt and new understanding relating to more circular thinking?

BRE will then facilitate a short final summary and question session where the conclusions and thoughts from each table can be aired. A short briefing paper will be created from each event that will then be mailed to each participant.



Event programme



Arrival & breakfast refreshments



Introduction and welcome

Cathy Crawley, BRE


Buildings as Material Banks – enabling a circular built environment

Gilli Hobbs, BRE


Discussion Groups



Feedback from the groups

Led by Cathy Crawley and the BRE team


Close and opportunity for final networking