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Date: 12 May 2009

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Julia Davies
T: +44 (0)113 234 1335

WRAP and RIBA launch international competition to Design Out Waste

Today, WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) and the RIBA Competitions Office are pleased to announce the launch of a new international open ideas competition to identify ways that construction waste can be reduced through design.


The construction sector currently wastes £1.5 billion annually in unused materials and sends 25 million tonnes of waste to landfill every year. It's clear that, as well as managing waste effectively, the best opportunities to reduce the cost and the environmental impact of waste, is through more effective planning for waste reduction. It is here that architects and designers have a clear role in making a real difference, by applying their creativity and skills in both designing sustainable and quality buildings, and also to reduce waste arising during the construction of the building itself.

The new competition, launched today, 'Designing out Waste' seeks innovative and practical ways of reducing construction waste through design. Competitors will be tasked with developing design approaches in response to a project, from a choice of three project types commonly constructed in the UK. Post-competition, there is an intention to incorporate ideas generated in the entries (which will be duly credited) into case study resources available on the WRAP website for clients, contractors and other designers to share best practice.  

The competition is open internationally under three eligibility categories: (a) qualified practising architects; (b) designers and qualified professionals from other construction-related disciplines and (c) students of design, architecture and other construction-related subjects. The submissions will be assessed anonymously and a total Design Fund of £20,000 (inclusive of VAT) will be available for distribution to a number of selected entries, at the discretion of the Jury Panel.

Over 100 organisations, including major construction clients and contractors, have already signed up to WRAP's Halving Waste to Landfill commitment, demonstrating the appetite in the industry to find, measure and report ways to reduce waste to landfill and this demand gives a clear signal that all parts of the construction supply chain, including designers and architects, have a part to play in reducing construction waste. 

For details of how to register for the Designing Out Waste Competition and to view the full Competition Brief please visit|.

Please note that registrations will close on Tuesday 23 June 2009, and the deadline for submissions is 2.00pm on Tuesday 30 June 2009.

Notes to editors:

1  WRAP helps individuals, businesses and local authorities to reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources and helping to tackle climate change.

2  Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

3  Working in seven key areas (Construction, Retail, Manufacturing, Organics, Business Growth, Behavioural Change, and Local Authority Support), WRAP's work focuses on market development and support to drive forward recycling and materials resource efficiency within these sectors, as well as wider communications and awareness activities including the multi-media national Recycle Now campaign for England.

4  More information on all of WRAP's programmes can be found on

5  Please ensure the RIBA is credited when mentioning the above competition. The RIBA Competitions Office offers a tailored competition management service delivering excellence in design. For further details visit


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