Materials, Procurement and Resource Efficiency
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Resource security is an important issue, affecting the availability and price of materials essential to the industry. Most research into resource efficiency and embodied energy has focused on building structure and fabric, specifically excluding building services which represent a significant proportion of the materials used ina building. Plant and equipment typically use a high proportion of steel, aluminium, plastics and copper in their constrcution and use rare earth elements for key components such as permanent magnets in motors and phosphors for lamps.
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