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SusConSol deliver first SCSS Circular Economy Workshop – 17 July 2018

Sustainable Construction Solutions delivered the first of their Circular Economy Workshops for the Supply Chain Sustainability School at Kier Group’s offices in Cardiff on the 17 July. The half day workshops, specifically designed for manufacturers, suppliers and trade contractors, work through real life circular economy solutions for the attendees products. For more information on attending or hosting a Circular Economy Workshop in your area, contact the Supply Chain Sustainability School click here>

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Launch of SCSS Circular Economy E-Learning and Workshops – 11 May 2018

The Supply Chain Sustainability School launched there latest e-learning module on the Circular Economy on the 11 May, developed in conjunction with Sustainable Construction Solutions. The module introduces learners to the concept of a circular economy and the systems and business model changes that will need to be made. The e-learning is supplemented by a half day Circular Economy Workshop that can be hosted by any SCSS member. For more information on the SCSS circular economy e-learning click here>

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Charlie Law speaks at Ecobuild – 8 March 2018

Charlie Law spoke at Ecobuild 2018 on the challenges of implementing a circular economy in construction, along with a distinguished panel including Duncan Baker-Brown of BBM Sustainable Design, Richard Boyd or Arup and Jon Bootland of ASBP. Key points Charlie explored included designing for optimal service life, and the disconnect between maintenance cycles and service life, implementation of circular economy business models, and return logistics solutions. For more information on Ecobuild 2018 click here>


Charlie Law speaks at CTI Westminster Conference – 30 November 2016

Charlie Law sat on a distinguished panel at the CTI Conference in Westminster on the 30th November. The panel included Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, Antoinette Sandbach, MP for Eddisbury and member of the Timber APPG, Ken Walsh, MD of Danzer UK, and David Hopkins, MD of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF). The panel addressed key themes including EUTR and global timber trade regulation, low carbon economy, Brexit uncertainty, tree planting, and timber in construction. For more information on the event click here>


Charlie Law presents at APF 2016 – 15 and 16 September 2016

Charlie Law presented at APF 2016, the largest forestry event in the UK, on the 15th and 16th September. In the session entitled ‘Increasing supply and demand of British hardwood’, held in the Confor tent, Charlie discussed the findings from the Grown in Britain WoodStock project, part funded by Innovate UK, that shows we could supply more of this timber from the UK. Attendees at the event included representatives from Defra and the Forestry Commission. For more information on the event and to book to attend click here>


Charlie Law presents at Ecobuild 2016 – 8 March 2016

Charlie Law presented at Ecobuild 2016, the largest sustainable construction event in the UK, on the 8th March. In the session entitled ‘Faster, Greener, Cheaper – Making the most out of wood in construction’, held in the Design CPD Hub, Charlie discussed the benefits of timber in construction and showed where your wood is actually being sourced from. He also discussed some of the initial findings from the Grown in Britain WoodStock project, part funded by Innovate UK, that shows we could supply more of this timber from the UK. For more information on the event and to book to attend click here>

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Charlie Law presents at Resource 2016 – 10 March 2016

Charlie Law presented at Resource 2016, the largest Circular Economy event in the UK, on the 10th March. In the session entitled ‘Demolition innovation – can we operate more smartly to reduce waste?’, held in the Build Circular Hub, Charlie discussed how construction could move towards a more circular economy business model that will aid deconstruction and reuse. He also looked at how Pre-Redevelopment Audits can help in existing buildings. For more information on the event and to book to attend click here>

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Charlie Law in Copenhagen – 26 January 2016

Charlie Law presented to the Danish Go2Wood Group, run by Chora Connections, on the 26th January in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Charlie presented on the success of the Grown in Britain and Wood for Good initiatives in the UK, and gave advice on how Denmark could promote building more with wood and supply more of the wood from home grown sources. For more information on Go2Wood click here>


Charlie Law presents at CIOB Conference – 24 November 2015

Charlie Law presented an Introduction to Constructing the Circular Economy at the Chartered Institute of Building’s International Inspiring Construction event at the QEII Conference Centre in London at the end of November. The session covered the basic principles of the circular economy and how these could be applied to construction, along with examples of the business models that will need to be implemented to achieve this. For more information on the event and to book to attend click here>

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Charlie Law speaks at European Environment Agency – 29-30 October 2015

Charlie Law formed part of the panel discussing the role of sustainable forestry in the transition to a circular economy at a workshop organised by the European Environment Agency at their offices in Copenhagen. The session discussed how sustainable forest management could ensure future supply, the role bio based plastics in replacing non-renewable sources, and how we should be promoting renewable materials such as timber at the same level as recycled materials when procuring products.

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Charlie Law speaks at RWM 2015 – 16 September 2015

Charlie Law formed part of the panel in the Circular Economy Connect theatre at RWM2015, to discuss circular economy solutions in construction. In addition to Charlie, the panel consisted of Jamie Agombar from the NUS, talking about the Philips pay-per-lux model, Duncan Baker-Brown from BBM Sustainable Design, talking about their waste house, and Graham Winter from the EA, discussing the legal implications.

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Charlie Law comments in Construction Manager – 1 March 2015

Charlie Law comments on the availability of home grown timber in this extensive article in Construction Manager, the magazine for CIOB members. The piece covers the over-specification on softwood, availability of hardwoods, and how British timber should be be used for more than just pallets and firewood. Read the full article here.