Towards a circular economy

The BBP is continuing its work to fully understand  the waste outcomes of tenancy fits outs and test systems and approaches to deliver more of a circular economy solution. This  networking event presented ground-breaking research on the topic, global supply chain best practice and the results of one member’s de-fit trial. Watch the presentations and the industry’s views on the emerging circular economy around fitout materials below.

Kerryn Wilmot, UTS – Institute for Sustainable Futures
Market Research: Tenancy fitout material attitudes and practices
The BBP has engaged the Institute for Sustainable Futures to conduct research to identify which materials contribute the highest volume of waste in fitouts and produce recommendations for material flows and areas for improvement. Hear about the preliminary findings.

Alexander Collot d’Escury, CEO – Desso
Global supply chain best practice
Hear about the Desso journey towards going circular and their innovative Cradle to Cradle® design in carpets and textile which is enabling them to make the shift from the linear ‘take, make and dispose’ economy to the circular economy.

Sue Wiblin, National Manager – Community Engagement
– The GPT Group

Case study – Trialling best practice de-fits: social enterprise and landfill diversion BBP member
The GPT Group seized an opportunity to trial better quantification and social enterprise workforces in stripping out and de-fitting 3 floors in the MLC Centre. Hear from Sue about the process and results including how the trial tested the ability to balance environmental and social sustainability without compromising economic sustainability.

Industry opinion
Following the above presentations, we asked industry for their views on the topics of the value of waste, the circular economy concept and the big opportunities for Australia in this space. Here’s what they had to say: 

Sensing Sydney – Building Run

Every day, reams of data are gathered in organisations across Sydney to assess how they’re tracking against their own and the City of Sydney’s ambitious sustainability goals. These figures are reported regularly in the public domain, but how many of us take the time to read the reports or put ourselves in the picture?
Using historic and real time sustainability data on areas ranging from water and energy use,through to waste and transport, the Sensing Sydney project invited artists to bring the figures alive in ways that link real-time performance with our efforts to address environmental challenges. Sensing Sydney broke new ground in terms of cross-sector collaboration, bringing artists, digital creatives, and sustainability professionals together both within and across the participating organisations.
The winning project from Sensing Sydney was Building Run. Building Run is a unique, real-time video installation that sees five elite sustainable buildings owned by Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) members in the Sydney CBD compete as athletes in a daily race for greater energy efficiency. Using human avatars to represent each BBP building, the installation tracks real-time energy consumption with each building’s progress at beating its own personal best displayed on screen.
Building Run provides a novel way for audiences to engage with the energy performance of their workplaces. It also serves to contextualise the role that green buildings play, together with the communities that inhabit them, in achieving the sustainability goals set and shared by the Better Buildings Partnership and City of Sydney. The visualisation and installation ran for the duration of Sydney’s Art & About Festival in 2013.

To learn more about the project, download the Building Run report.


The Water Technical Working Group has released Connection Guidelines for Recycled Water in buildings.



Better Buildings Partnership members have been working to introduce a range of initiatives into new and existing buildings that encourage waste reduction, reuse, recycling and appropriate disposal methods.


Tenant / Owner collaboration

The Better Buildings Partnership is leveraging the collaboration of Sydney’s building owners and tenants in order to accelerate sustainability outcomes for the property industry.


Benchmarking and reporting

The Better Buildings Partnership is working collaboratively to help facilitate the achievement of the City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 goals to achieve measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, potable water consumption and waste generation for Sydney’s commercial and public sector buildings.


Waste from Fitout

The Better Buildings Partnership is working with the industry to minimise the waste that occurs when tenants move in and out of commercial office buildings.



The Better Building Partnership is releasing a checklist for asset and building managers to determine whether their buildings can connect to a network like that proposed by the City of Sydney's decentralised energy master plan.