Material Passports and the benefits of using them

Material passports are digital documents that record the information of building materials and components, such as their characteristics, value, and potential for re-use. They aim to facilitate circular construction, which is a concept that reduces environmental impact by re-using waste materials from one project to another. Material passports can help owners, occupiers, designers, and constructors to make informed decisions about the use, recovery, and re-use of building materials and components. They can also increase the transparency and accountability of the material flows and impacts in the construction industry. Material passports are part of a collaborative initiative to standardise and promote circular construction in the UK.

In a recent article from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), Clare Wilde reflects on the role of material passports in driving a circular economy within the built environment. She lists and explains the benefits of passporting materials and buildings as being ; data transparency; material re-use and material value.

Read the article in full and watch a  recording of the discussion here