Once an electrical substation at RAF Bicester, this is now a three-bedroom house up for sale
You may think this [upcycling] is just an American word for recycling but it was German engineer Reiner Pilz who invented the term in 1994 when complaining about EU directives that led to Germany’s disused buildings being totally demolished.
Building projects requiring reclaimed materials had to be imported from the UK. Since then upcycling has become a clarion call for Europe’s Green movement, although in Britain we also upcycle old properties just because we like them.
Robin Chatwin, head of Savills South West London, says: “We first saw abandoned former industrial buildings being converted into homes on a significant scale in the 1980s, which started with the vast old warehouses along the Thames around the old working docks.
“The trend for turning these buildings from industrial to residential use probably began slightly earlier in New York but it was a real departure in how we approached unconventional spaces and how they could be re-configured to be lived in.
“Over the years we’ve become very good at it.
via Chapels and churches upcycled into houses for sale | Property | Life & Style | Daily Express.
The project recognises that closed loop recycling depends on three main factors: systematic dismantling of buildings; source sorting of waste to avoid mixed waste and contamination; and stringent specifications for recycled gypsum, so that it can be reincorporated into the manufacturing process. In practice, this involves the full spectrum of the supply chain, which is why the project’s membership is so broad.
Ultimately, the industry will need to take a holistic approach to deconstruction. But plasterboard is an important place to start. Its principal material, gypsum, is infinitely recyclable as gypsum, and unlocking the potential to keep this material within a closed cycle should provide valuable insight for other parts of the industry.
Equally crucial is to involve the entire supply chain. Marshalling materials in our sector is a long-term task, and a shift in mindset and a maturing marketplace for post-consumer waste should make sustainable practice a more attractive option in construction.
via Foundation for reuse | Features | Materials Recycling World.