Sustainable past. Sustainable future?

There is a strange paradox at work within the construction sector right now.

Even while world leaders gathered in Glasgow for the COP26 climate conference, architects and specifiers are continuing to design buildings with elements that will be difficult and – in many cases- impossible to recycle and reuse in the future.

The bitter irony is that, even though we live in an age in which sustainability has become a watch-word, buildings of today are, in fact, less sustainable than those of the past.

That is the subject of an exclusive new paper from former Institute of Demolition Engineers’ president Dr Terry Quarmby.

Quarmby has charted the construction materials used during the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras and has drawn some stark comparisons with the materials used in the construction in the supposedly enlightened modern era.

You can read Dr Terry Quarmby’s exclusive new publication below.