Bruce Precious, M.AIRAH
Six Capitals Consulting

Circular economy and HVAC&R

Adopting the principles of circular economy is a rapidly growing global trend, and it will have far reaching impacts to all parts of our economy, including the HVAC&R industry. 

Circular economy contrasts with the linear model of “take – make – waste” and is typically described through the three principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems. It is a key strategy to achieve net-zero emission communities.

This industry features a wide range of systems comprising materials that are energy intensive, nonrenewable, and highly valuable. Is it possible to deliver HVAC&R systems entirely from recycled materials? What role can modular play? Are systems suitably repairable and designed for long life? 

This presentation will use the DISRUPT model to consider the role of HVAC&R in a circular economy.

  • Designing for the future
  • Incorporate Digital Technology
  • Sustain and preserve what’s already there
  • Rethink the business model
  • Use waste as a resource
  • Prioritise regenerative resources
  • Team up to create joint value.

To enable the circular economy, new strategies for dematerialisation, product stewardship, materials recovery, and incorporation of recycled materials will all be required.

About Precious:

Precious has been at the forefront of sustainability in the built environment sector for over 20 years, working with a range of government and property related businesses to transform how the property industry responds to the most significant environmental and social challenges. 

Precious is a mechanical engineer, member of AIRAH, and principal consultant at Six Capitals Consulting. This position comes after a decade as sustainability manager at GPT, one of Australia’s leading property owners, developers, and managers.