Podcast with Paul Shorthouse of the Delphi Group on the Circular Economy in Forestry and Construction

Paul Shorthouse, Senior Director, Delphi Group

This two-part series podcast with Business In Vancouver publisher and editor-in-chief Kirk LaPointe and Paul Shorthouse, senior director at Delphi Group explores what the circular economy is and how it applies to the construction sector while presenting the business case for adopting a circular economy and the opportunities for BC and Canada.

The built environment in Canada is one of the largest consumers of raw materials and energy and is also the largest contributor to the waste stream by weight. In Canada, 3.4 million tonnes of construction materials are sent to landfill annually representing an estimated 1.8 million tonnes of embodied carbon.

The circular economy aims to keep materials, components, products and assets at their highest utility and value at all times. In contrast to the ‘take, make, use, dispose of’ linear model of production and consumption, material goods are designed and produced to be more durable, and to be repaired, refurbished, disassembled and reused in perpetuity reducing the demand for resources, eliminating waste and lowering pollution.

Listen to the two-part series podcast 

Part 1

Part 2
Misty interwoven rolling hills of natural British Columbia coniferous forest populated with fir, pine, and cedar trees

Carbon + climate

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Exterior nighttime view of UBC Campus Energy Centre with transparent glass design and glue-laminated timber (glulam) post and beam frame, with cross-laminated timber (CLT) enclosed walls and roof
Commercial + industrial

UBC Campus Energy Centre

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Accelerating a circular built environment

Circular Economy & The Built Environment Sector in Canada

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