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Applied Circular Economy: Construction Material Flows


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36 Hours




Start Dates

February 29, 2024

Registration Deadlines

February 28, 2024

About this microcredential

The production, consumption and end-of-life of building materials will be reviewed using various tools, including Material Flow Analysis (MFA). Key points of intervention will be identified where changes to policy and regulation, design, typical construction processes and waste management can shift the industry into the circular economy. Understanding where construction materials come from and their path from use through to disposal will identify the current barriers to circularity, and how these barriers can be dismantled. Completing all three courses in the series will result in a digital badge in Applied Circular Economy: Zero Waste Buildings.

Microcredentials in this series:

What will you learn?

This microcredential is the first series of courses that are part of an intended Regenerative Building Professional Certificate and Advanced Certificate. This course is stackable with the other two courses, Design for Disassembly (the principles of DfD) and Cradle to Cradle (C2C), and Construction Material Flow Analysis (understanding the industry and the path of materials through it) for students to obtain a microcredential in Building Circularity.

Upon completion of the microcredential, learners will be able to:

  • Explain how materials flow through the building industry, from extraction and manufacture to installation, use, and finally, disposal/recycling/reuse.
  • Determine how to influence this flow to enable the highest and best use of these materials.
  • Describe the design and construction process and where and how intervention will facilitate ‘closing the loop’ in the building industry.
  • Influence and/or write policies and regulations that move the industry towards circularity more effectively.
  • Explain construction material metabolism in terms of embodied carbon, material life span, and waste.
  • Use system approaches for solving complex problems.
  • Determine which materials are sourced globally and regionally and interpret the consequences.

How does this prepare you for the low carbon economy?

With the adoption of Bill C-12, Canada has legally committed to its 2050 net zero carbon target. To meet its Paris Agreement commitment by 2030, every industry must cut its carbon emissions significantly. This microcredential enables the building industry to meet these obligations.

The target markets for the microcredential are the design and construction professionals and those wishing to enter the field of sustainability in the design and construction industry, “providing opportunities for learners at any stage in their career journey.” The basic knowledge for entry can be acquired through education (existing technologist-level courses in architecture and engineering) or work experience in either design or construction.