2.1.2 Life-Cycle of a Building Product

Course subject(s) Module 2. Product

Next, Thaleia Konstantinou explains the central role that building products have in developing the circular built environment by using the brick as an example. To learn about the different life-cycle stages of the brick and the impact of each one on the environment, watch the video below.

Life-cycle of a building product


  • Understanding the life-cycle of building products and the impact that each stage has on the environment is the first step towards the development of a circular built environment.
  • There are four main life-cycle phases of a building product: production, construction, usage, and end-of-service.
  • At the end of its life the brick is most commonly landfilled, which is not in compliance with the principles of the Circular Economy.
  • However, more sustainable ways exist, for example recycling or reuse.  We need to be pro-active and think about end-of-life scenarios during the design stage.
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