Meaning and importance
Preventing and reducing energy and material consumption is definitely at the top of the list of circular strategies. It is clear that we can limit the impact the most by ‘not building’. To enable this, we need to think about possible synergies during the early design phase or sometimes even during the project definition. Can we bring together certain processes, activities, product flows, waste flows, energy flows, etc. to enable higher efficiency and resource savings? For example, 2 buildings that share 1 common car park, so that no second car park has to be built, or collective energy and/or water systems, which save material and increase installation and consumption efficiency.