About us

The Material Reuse Portal is one of five platforms built for the CIRCuIT project. It brings together construction materials from multiple marketplaces to create a single place where reusable materials can be found.

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Better choices for the built environment

In London, the built environment consumes 400 million tonnes of materials every year, producing 54% of all waste in the capital. Reusing materials not only reduces the waste created in the city, but also has benefits in terms of carbon emissions. For example, it is estimated that newly manufactured bricks emit 95 times more CO2 in their production, compared to reusing bricks that already exist. It is estimated that the construction sector is responsible for about 10% London's consumption-based carbon emissions.

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All in one place

The Material Reuse Portal is designed to bring together data on available materials from multiple sources. We have integrated with two marketplaces so far and provide a simple way for other providers to be listed on the site. We plan to grow the number of marketplaces and increase the amount of choice for those who want to reuse materials and components in their projects.

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Better data

In order to create a 'circular economy' it is important that materials are better understood and that data is collected in a standardised way. The Material Reuse Portal allows users to save data about the listings they are interested in which can later be used as a digital 'passport' for the item.
Over time we will seek to build up more data on the demand for different types of products in the built environment that can help demolition contractors understand the items that could cost-effectively be dismantled for reuse.