Designer's guide to cutting waste from construction projects

Benefits of designing out construction waste


There are many benefits for businesses working on construction projects in aiming to reduce waste from the design stage. These include:

  • reducing overall project costs
  • reducing the amount and cost of sending waste to landfill
  • reducing the carbon emissions of the project
  • improving the financial and environmental reputation of the businesses working on the project

The designing out waste approach can also help businesses in construction projects work more closely and efficiently together, and help projects meet industry standards, such as the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Designing out waste from construction projects could enable your business to attract new clients that are interested in environmental issues. Working with clients and contractors to design out waste can also lead to cost savings and marketing opportunities for all parties.

You can download Zero Waste Scotland's guide to Designing Out Construction Waste (PDF, 1.63MB).

You can download the Construction Leadership Council's Routemap for Zero Avoidable Waste in Construction (3.46MB).