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Glasgow Housing Association, Glasgow

Opportunities for recycled content in materials for refurbishment


Across the UK, there is a great deal of investment in the refurbishment of social housing. Glasgow Housing Association recently carried out the refurbishment of a number of its properties. This included the replacement of roof coverings and over-cladding to 700 units within Glasgow. These properties were of a variety of ages, having been built from the 1900’s to 1960’s.

This desk study aimed to identify where opportunities could have been exploited to substitute mainstream branded products with others with a higher recycled content. Registered Social Landlords (RSL’s) can improve their sustainability agenda by included recycled content products in their refurbishment works. Often, in procurement requirements there is a recycled content target which must be met.




The most significant substitutions in Glasgow Housing Associations recent roof replacement and overcladding works could have been:


% recycled content in product

Product Type

Base case

‘Easy’ substitution







Roof coverings




This study demonstrated that an improvement in recycled content of materials can be achieved at no extra cost.

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