mindful MATERIALS: Circular Economy

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A linear economy goes in one direction: take → make → waste. Circularity requires a radical mindset shift: it’s a holistic approach that designs for disassembly and reuse, and creates the conditions and infrastructure to ensure reuse happens. Our resources help you identify approaches and materials that can be part of this new, urgently needed economy. A circular economy demands that we reuse and improve buildings and design for resilience, adaptability, disassembly, and reuse, aspiring to a zero-waste goal for global construction activities.

mindful MATERIALS: Circular Economy

Deep Dives

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Quick Takes

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  • The 12 Product Rules


    These 12 product rules provide a simple approach to selecting better, healthier, and more environmentally responsible building products and materials.

  • Product as a Service: Buying the Lumen, Not the Lightbulb


    Proponents of the circular economy point to PaaS as one of the strongest tools we have to take control of our energy and material waste. 

Product Guidance

Unbiased information from our product experts helps you separate green from greenwash.

  • BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Products for 2024

    Product Review

    BuildingGreen’s Top 10 industry-transforming products this year include innovative heat-pump energy storage, electric construction equipment, PFAS-free textiles, healthier lighting, PV circularity, and more.

  • Can AI Help Close the Timber Loop?

    Product Review

    Urban Machine developed a machine that uses AI and robotics to de-nail salvaged wood for reuse onsite.

  • BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Products for 2023

    Product Review

    BuildingGreen’s Top 10 industry-transforming products this year include heat pumps that use low-GWP refrigerants, products that encourage recycling and re-use, wood insulation, and more.

  • Modular Carpet

    Product Guide

    These carpet tiles are made with natural wool or are certified NSF 140 Platinum or Cradle to Cradle v3.1 Silver or Gold. They are free of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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