PRACTICAL ZERO WASTE
Applying the 5 R's in the Building Industry
By Priscila Besen
Hi, I’m an architect and a PhD candidate in sustainable design at the University of Auckland. I have done many projects and actions related to zero waste in the past. My PhD research is about how to reuse historic buildings, retrofitting them to be more energy efficient and extend their life - avoiding the waste from demolition. I take the zero waste concept and apply it to buildings - we should reduce, reuse, retrofit and repurpose them as much as we can. Just like buying second-hand clothes and objects, buying a “second hand” building and repurposing it is good environmental choice.