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WRAP and RIBA design competition results announced

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) has today named Pohkit Goh, Buro Happold Ltd and Battle McCarthy as the selected finalists of the Designing out Waste competition, launched in association with the RIBA competitions office in May this year

The new international competition sought design solutions for reducing construction waste and was open to practice architects and qualified professionals from other construction-related disciplines, together with students of architecture, design and construction-related subjects.

Thirteen competitors submitted design ideas. Entrants were encouraged to address the process of design and construction – in doing so to demonstrate how waste can be designed out of a project.

Hattie Hartman, sustainability editor at The Architect’s Journal said: ‘WRAP’s competition targets a very specific area of design which is generally overlooked by architects. Architects need to get over the preconception that waste is just an issue for contractors. Quick wins and often cost savings too can be made by careful consideration of this issue at key stages during the design process. Dimensioning for material optimization, detailing for easy disassembly, and rewording of specifications are just some of the ways architects can influence the waste stream from a project.’

Malcolm Reading, chair of the jury, said: ‘The amount of waste sent to landfill on construction projects is directly related to the quality of thinking at design stage. As an industry we are being challenged to reduce waste by 50%. WRAP’s competition asked architects to explore how design could help achieve this.’

The ideas generated in the entries will be incorporated into case study resources available on the WRAP website for clients, contractors and other designers to share best practice. For more information on the Designing out Waste guide and other WRAP tools and resources, visit here.

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