Is this yet another supposedly 5 star 'green' building with zero reuse of reclaimed building materials? Architects declare that the circular economy must be ignored? Architects declare they cannot be bothered to make a small effort to reuse even the national average? Architects declare they can only specify fabulously energy-intensive new materials in prestige snub to ordinary people? And the GLA bought it?
How does Wilkinson Eyre measure sustainability, and how do you think that is likely to change in the future? SR: That’s a very good question and a difficult one to answer. [quote from WE website today]
“We’ve had the environmental standard ISO 140001 for some years, but people here feel there is more we could be doing,” says Aimee Nelson. [quote from Siemens website today]
Let's get real and downgrade all green rated buildings which use less than the national reuse average of reclaimed building materials from excellent to very poor.
The world of architectural salvage and reclaimed building materials is ready and waiting!
Semantically, Rotor does not 'sell reused building materials' but 'reclaimed building materials'. It took Salvo three decades from 1990 for the terms reclamation and reuse to be understood. Please AJ journalists and others, use the term 'reclaimed building materials' prior to reuse. Not until the reclaimed material has been reused in a new location does it become 'reused building material'. This is crucial because, while reclamation is vital in the supply chain, the benefit of saving old material is not achieved until it has been reused in a new location. The UK salvage trade stores millions of tonnes of reclaimed demolition materials awaiting customers for their purchase and reuse. These stores are a temporary carbon sink which does not become safely sequestered until it is built into long term buildings.
Also regarding the 'knowledge map of the salvage industry at large', Salvo first produced a global directory of salvage dealers in 1991, and has continued to maintain that without any public funding since then. This is used by millions of visitors to salvoweb.com from around the world, including UK architects. Salvo also has an online marketplace, wanted ads, recraft and upcycled items, theft alerts and demolition alerts.
Rotor in Belgium, Salvo in UK and Ireland, and Bellastock in France, are partners in a three-year EU project to encourage the reuse of reclaimed building materials in northwest Europe, along with University of Brighton, and French and Belgian building and environmental research associations.
Is the day about new bricks and stone, not reclaimed?