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Why prefabrication is the only way to achieve Circular Economy Construction

Why prefabrication is the only way to achieve Circular Economy Construction

Why prefabrication is the only way to achieve Circular Economy Construction with Ged Finch.

Achieving construction practices that do not inherently generate waste during construction or at the end of a building useful life is immensely challenging. Design for circularity (for disassembly and reuse) goes against almost all modern methods of construction that we take for granted (adhesives/automatic nailers/expanding foams/tapes etc). In this presentation Ged showcases his most recent prefabricated circular building prototypes and discusses the successes, failures and ongoing challenges in creating a circular construction system. To see some of Ged's earlier prototypes and understand why the circular economy is so important for the construction sector check out his 2019 TEDx Wellington Talk here.

About Ged

Ged is a PhD candidate at the Victoria University's School of Architecture under the supervision of Dr Antony Peolosi, Dr Morten Gjerde and Senior Lecturer Guy Marriage. Through a series of built case study projects Ged is formulating applied strategies for designing timber framed buildings for material recovery and reuse. The ambition of the research is to demonstrate strategies that separate the construction industry from material consumption and waste production. This research has been made possible through funding from Building Research New Zealand (BRANZ), KiwiNet and the generous support of Plytech International. To date, Ged's research has received international recognition from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Fast Company and the Institute for Engineering and Technology (IET). To read more about the work click here.


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