Reducing the waste generated by the fit out process from both the removal of products/components and the installation is one of the key challenges the construction sector has to address if we are to achieve net zero carbon targets and a reduction in waste. Fit-outs are often carried out under strict time pressures which frequently means that opportunities to reuse or recycle materials are not taken, and which can lead to a substantial increase in carbon footprint.
The LINK project, funded by Innovate UK, has the aim of dramatically reducing the amount of waste produced by fit-outs by using artificial intelligence and machine learning to rapidly identify materials and products for reuse, and connect those who wish to dispose of materials to those who wish to use them, keeping these materials in circulation, a key facet of the circular economy. It aims to develop a rapid listing mobile app, and engage with all parts of the supply chain to revolutionise reuse in fit-outs, and ultimately for construction as a whole.
This event is the first of a series of industry workshops for the project and seeks to engage with stakeholders from across the fit-out and interiors sector. We will explore some of the challenges and opportunities provided by digital technology and aim to identify the key drivers and critical success factors in developing technology which enables reuse to become the norm, rather than the exception. The event is open to designers, clients, manufacturers, contractors and all those involved with promoting and encouraging reuse, and those who simply want to find out more.
Registration is free and the programme details are below:
2pm Introduction and Welcome
Sustainability for Finishes and Interiors
Iain Mcilwee, CEO / Flavie Lowres, Sustainability Champion – Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS)
Avoiding Waste in the Fit-Out Process
Dr Katherine Adams, Technical Director – Reusefully
Specifying Reused Products – the Vision
Rachel Hoolahan, Associate – Orms
Introduction to the LINK project – using AI to revolutionise reuse
Prof Hafiz Alaka, Director, Big Data Tech and Innovation Lab – University of Hertfordshire
Discussion Group 1
What are the key information needs to facilitate reuse in fit-outs?
Discussion Group 2
Who is going to drive this and how?
Summary Session and Discussion
Key points from the discussions
3.30pm – Close and Next Steps