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Tools and Guides

We have a range of practical tools and guides that will help you cut costs, reduce waste, and save energy and resources

Scroll down our list, to source what you need to build in resource efficiency to your business :

Whole life costing tool for the procurement of construction materials

Do you know how much your building will cost throughout its lifetime? You can with our Whole Life Costing Tool. Covering new builds, refurbishments, retrofits or repairs you can calculate all construction, building and up-keep costs. Surprises are lovely. But not when it comes to money.  

Construction Materials Exchange for help re-using construction materials

Do you have too much of one thing and not enough of another? Our Construction Materials Exchange is a free service that enables you to exchange materials you don't need for ones you do. Everything you need to get your build completed is covered from pipes, paints and pallets to bricks, soil, wood and more. Better still you can find them close to site by using your postcode to find local fellow builders.

Saves you landfill charges, gain free materials and reduce waste. It’s a win, win, win. 

Netwaste construction tool

If you are in construction we encourage you to make use of WRAP’s Net Waste Tool. It’s yours to use for free to help generate waste forecasts and prioritise waste reduction and recovery actions for your Site Waste Management Plan.

The tool enables you to apply value engineering at the design stage to;

  • reduce the costs of wastage
  • optimise your strategy for on-site segregation of wastes for minimum cost within a known space constraint;
  • target the top cost-competitive opportunities to adopt more reused materials and higher recycled content in building products
  • evaluate performance against corporate targets, such as a reduction in construction waste to landfill and progress towards waste neutrality or zero Net Waste. 

Construction guide about maximising re-use of materials on-site

There is a recurring theme for materials usually wasted on construction and demolition sites. You can learn how to recover and re-use these materials whether you are involved in a new build or refurbishment project or at end of life - demolishing and excavating a site. 

Construction waste management Best Practice guide

A guide to help your business generate income through material collection, reduce costs through purchasing, reduce on-site accidents and meet regulatory Duty of Care requirements. 

Waste prevention plan

Prevention is always better than cure, and that principal applies to waste too. By preventing it occurring you have less to manage. We suggest you read this alongside the guide on how to reduce waste.

How to reduce business waste. A guide.

Cut your waste collection costs through waste prevention, re-use and recycling. You may find the waste prevention plan useful, too. 

Your guide about measuring to manage your resources

Raw materials, waste, energy and water. This guide has got them covered. By measuring what you use, you can use less – and do more with the money you save. 

Your guide to measuring and monitoring water use

When you start to measure your water use, you are more than likely to find surprisingly easy ways to use less of it. Plus get the satisfaction of seeing the ‘before and after’ results, of your work when you’ve put water saving measures in place.  

Your guide on how to save money on your water bill

An easy-read that explains how you can record your use and set your baseline. You can choose to do some quick fixes or consider inventive ways to save water such as counter current rinsing or rainwater harvesting. 

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