ISG joins the structural steel reuse project

The DISRUPT – Delivering Innovative Steel ReUse Project – is led by Alliance for Sustainable Building Products, which has secured funding from Innovate UK to prove that reusing steel has a major role to play in mitigating climate change .

Its value chain team also includes steel reuse experts and shareholders Cleveland Steel and Tubes and the National Federation of Demolition Contractors and is backed by developer Grosvenor Group.

Although commonly recycled at end of life, reuse of steel is minimal despite the apparent environmental, carbon and circular economy benefits.

The project aims to provide new costed circular business models that can serve as a model for other companies interested in entering the reuse sector, ultimately leading to greater supply of reused steel in the market.

A detailed feasibility study will be undertaken focusing on real case studies that trace the ‘journey’ of reused steel from start to finish, providing a rich source of data covering different project sizes and types.

Previous studies have shown that there are barriers to reuse, including economic factors, supply chain issues, availability, and lack of demand.

Richard Broad, DISRUPT Project Manager, said: “New business models are needed to ensure that the benefits of steel reuse accrue throughout the value chain and underpin the businesses of existing players. and new.

“If steel reuse is to become mainstream, it is imperative that new business models are cost effective and fair to the entire value chain, and that reused steel is readily available and easy to specify in projects. of construction.”