“Sustainable construction guidelines for public authorities – A circular economy perspective” aims to help public authorities navigate through sustainable construction, understand what it means and determine how to encourage it. The guidelines are especially targeted at local and regional authorities as they play a crucial role in the whole construction life cycle not only by stimulating innovation and cooperation between all actors but also because they work close to citizens. Unlike most of the literature on the topic, these guidelines are focusing on circularity and material resources efficiency, instead of covering only energy efficiency extensively. Even more, “Public authority guidelines of sustainable construction – A circular economy perspective” goes beyond waste to integrate the whole value chain of the construction sector.

The first part of the guidelines presents an overview of what sustainable construction sector stands for, starting from the current state of play and moving to the circular economy principles. In a second part, the guidelines introduce approaches, principles, and examples turning the narrative into concrete action. Practical steps to be taken by public authorities to build their strategies are listed.

Readers will thus be taken from Belgium to The Netherlands or Italy (amongst other), going even as far as Australia, to discover good practices associated to each type of action. Several initiatives have been developed by ACR+ members, namely the collection for re-use of bricks in civic amenity sites by the municipality of Odense, the development of an urban regeneration strategy in Prato, the 75% recovery target for construction and demolition waste by 2020 set by Catalonia’s program for prevention, the urban metabolism study commissioned by Brussels Capital Region, a guidance document on construction sustainable procurement developed by Zero Waste Scotland, and the circular economy plan of Paris. More examples, including projects financed by the European Commission – H2020 FISSAC, H2020 BAMB, H2020 RE4 to name a few –, can be discovered in the “Sustainable construction guidelines for public authorities – A circular economy perspective”.


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