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Construction Material Flows XCIR 7530

Applied Circular Economy Course

Course details

​The production, consumption and end-of-life of building materials will be reviewed using various tools, including Material Flow Analysis (MFA). Key points of intervention will be identified where changes to policy and regulation, design, typical construction processes and waste management can shift the industry into the circular economy. Understanding where construction materials come from, and their path from use through to disposal will identify the current barriers to circularity, and how these barriers can be dismantled. This course complements the Design for Disassembly and Deconstruction courses.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of XCIR 7530 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 49114


Fri Nov 17 - Fri Dec 08 (4 weeks)

  • 4 weeks
  • CRN 49114
  • $651.88
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Nov 17 - Dec 08 Fri 13:00 - 17:00 Burnaby NE22 Rm. 104
Nov 18 - Dec 02 Sat 09:00 - 15:30 Burnaby SW01 Rm. 1025

Diana Klein

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Student must have prior experience with construction terminology and reading building drawings. Sessions will be conducted on-campus, with live, participatory broadcasts of classes – students may participate online remotely. Course may also be eligible for WorkBC grant. Contact for more information. This program is part of a training initiative to provide workers with new skills needed to support a clean economy. It is temporarily being fully funded for Canadian citizens and permanent residents by Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2) and the Government of Canada. Please contact Alyxces Igot for more information and to register. Note that spaces are limited and are made available on a “first qualified, first accepted” basis.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain how materials flow through the building industry, from extraction and manufacture to installation, use, and finally disposal/recycling/reuse.
  • Determine how to influence this flow to enable the highest and best use of these materials.
  • Describe the design and construction process and where and how intervention will facilitate 'closing the loop' in the building industry.
  • Influence and/or write policy and regulations that more effectively moves the industry towards circularity.
  • Explain construction material metabolism in terms of embodied carbon, material life span, and waste.
  • Use system approaches for solving complex problems.
  • Determine which materials are sourced globally and regionally and interpret the consequences​.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2022

Related Programs

Construction Material Flows (XCIR 7530) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Applied Circular Economy: Zero Waste Buildings
    Microcredential Part-time


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