BSD embrace circular economy

With sustainability at the core of BSD’s business ethos, the company has continued its commitment to implementing a circular economy approach during the relocation of one of their other offices by repurposing high-grade office furniture for the Cambridge office.

A ‘circular economy’ offers an alternative approach to the traditional linear economy approach of produce, use, and dispose. A circular economy can be considered as a closed loop that utilises a regenerative model, minimising negative impacts of the disposable linear approach. As leaders in sustainability within the construction industry, BSD is continually demonstrating how its internal approach to reuse and regeneration can easily be embraced across the sector.

BSD not only took a regenerative approach with its furniture resource, but also considered sustainability within the supply chain. David White, managing director at BSD, said: “For the relocation, we opted only to use removal firms that re-use furniture, where possible, to create new, upcycled furniture for offices. By connecting with other businesses with shared values, we’re proud to be part of a network that is bringing sustainability into the mainstream as a tangible and viable business model.”

BSD’s circular economy approach has also been applied across the board in all of our regional offices, where a zero waste policy is implicit in all aspects of office redevelopment. For example, instead of sending used furniture from the Cambridge office to landfill, and then buying brand new furniture for a different office location, a number of desks were repurposed to be utilised in our growing regional offices. Any other furniture that couldn’t be re-purposed was broken down and recycled to make other products, as opposed to going into landfill.

White goods also fall under the zero waste policy umbrella, as was the case in Birmingham when a fridge and dishwasher were donated to a local charity that obtains white goods for the homeless and underprivileged families looking to be rehomed.

Upgrading technology can often have waste and disposal implications, but BSD is committed to a sustainable approach in this area too. David continues: “Recently, we repurposed an entire Siemans telephone system in our Birmingham office via a local supplier, who bought the handsets and phone system power board from us. The valuable parts will ultimately be refurbished and sold on to other firms, again nullifying any need to send materials to landfill.”

BSD considers sustainability as a core value, which is inherent in all aspects of the business. As such, our certified Passivhaus Head Office in Kettering embodies our commitment to sustainability, and has received recognition as a flagship eco-friendly building, with its EPC A+, carbon neutral rating. The timber-framed, high-spec building was designed with leading edge technologies that have significantly reduced ongoing running costs, whilst providing optimum