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Long Life, Low Energy

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Long Life, Low Energy: Designing for a circular economy

Originally displayed at our London headquarters, this exhibition was exhibited at RIBA North in Liverpool, from 27 October 2023 to 14 January 2024

Long Life, Low Energy

Long Life, Low Energy demonstrates how the principles of the circular economy can help create more sustainable, net zero architecture for the future.  

RIBA’s Built for the Environment report shows that 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to buildings and construction, consuming about 50% of all raw materials worldwide in the process. In addition, over 50,000 buildings are demolished each year across the UK, many of which could have been repurposed.

The circular economy offers ways to reduce these unsustainable figures, seeking to eliminating waste by reusing buildings and their material components wherever possible.

This exhibition was presented with RIBA Collections material on show and discussed the culture of demolition, presented recent examples of best practice retrofit and reuse, and gave a glimpse into the near future with research and ideas into a circular economy of architecture, where buildings would no longer be linear in terms of lifespan.  

Long Life, Low Energy is sponsored by Autodesk

Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made. Our technology spans architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media and entertainment, empowering innovators everywhere to solve challenges big and small. From greener buildings to smarter products to mesmerising blockbusters, Autodesk software helps our customers to design and make a better world for all.

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