Circular built environment definitions

There are currently 7 definitions in this directory beginning with the letter C.

Carbon Footprint
Amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organization, or community.

Carbon Positive
A city, development, building, or product that goes beyond carbon neutral to create an environmental benefit, and intentionally removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turns it into useful forms.

Carbon Smart Material
A material that is low carbon, carbon neutral, or carbon sequestering.


Circular Building
A building designed according to Reversible Building principles.
A circular building can be defined as follows: “The design, construction and demolition of a building in such a way that it incorporates not only the high-value use and reuse of materials, and an adaptive and future proof design, but also ambitions for sustainability in relation to energy, water, biodiversity and ecosystems at the building and area level."

Circular built environment
The focus lies on the structural challenges and opportunities of the entire built environment value chain - from resource extraction, to building design, construction, use and waste management.

Circular Economy
An alternative to the linear economy model (which is premised on extraction, production, and disposal) based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems. A circular economy draws attention to the value of goods and materials and their associated impact on the environment.

Circular Economy in Construction
Circular Economy in construction is about building materials, recycling and deconstruction of houses at the end of their useful life.

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