Circular Economy Policy

‘The circular economy is a powerful and challenging idea to guide how humans might manage their material impact on the environment so that instead of steadily degrading, it continually regenerates. That is how the natural world works. Nothing is thrown away for there is no such place as ‘away’. Any ‘waste’ from natural processes becomes food or fuel for other processes in the cycle of life. We must move on from the take, make and dispose economic model that has underpinned development and GDP growth since the Industrial Revolution. Within this model, the construction, maintenance, modification and replacement of buildings and infrastructure is a huge consumer of material and a significant producer of waste’

This excerpt is part of the foreword from the UKGBC circular economy guidance. 


Hartwyn is a values driven company, we take a holistic and inclusive approach to designing our systems, processes, and ultimately our buildings.  The circular economy framework gives us clear markers and targets to help inform our wider activities, from where we purchase our office supplies to how we build and educate.  


This circular economy policy is a work in progress, a set of intentions and goals.  We won’t always get it right, and we value feedback and collaboration, so please do tell us what you think.

Hartwyn commits to build for longevity/flexibility/adaptability/recoverability and repairability. We will:

Design out – minimising materials input wherever possible

Lean design – reducing virgin materials use

Design in layers – allowing for disassembly & maintenance

Design with Whole Life Carbon – use low carbon materials and strive for low operational carbon in use.

Focus on re-use, reclaim, re-purpose, refit – Provide un-building opportunities

Be hyper-local – materials providence, skills, resources

Have a cradle to cradle materials awareness

Minimise waste at all stages of the process

Reduce construction impacts

Create environmental, ecological and social value

We will use tools from the Passivhaus trust, AECB, ASBP, and aligned organisations to deliver considered, intelligent, appropriate, structures and processes to safeguard and enrich our built environment and the people who benefit from them.