TECHNE 22 (2021): Circular Transition and Design
Essays and Viewpoint

Material Efficiency design strategies for the circular transition

Ilaria Montella
Dipartimento di Architettura, Università Roma Tre, Italia
Paola Marrone
Dipartimento di Architettura, Università Roma Tre, Italia
Published July 29, 2021
Keywords
  • Material efficiency,
  • Circular design,
  • Circular transition,
  • Mitigation,
  • Adaptation
How to Cite
Montella, I., & Marrone, P. (2021). Material Efficiency design strategies for the circular transition. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (22), 86-95. https://doi.org/10.36253/techne-10601

Abstract

The history of lightness might not only recount aeroplanes and low-density materials, it might also speak of a need for dematerialisation consistent with the control of resource consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Following the Paris Agreement, carbon neutrality policies had initially focused on mitigation actions for energy efficiency and low-carbon sources. Although crucial for the materials industry, other strategies, especially on the demand side, are possible to reduce their production. In the context of the circular economy applied to the built environment, Material Efficiency (ME) constitutes a set of actions for circular design for which functions, configurations and construction processes need to be reinvented.

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