Glass - Back to the Future!



Presenting Author:
Henry Amos
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article posted 14 Jun 2016


Henry Amos

Henry Amos is Architect director of Brightblue Studio an innovative art architecture practice in North Shields on the Tyne.

He has 20 years experience in building and ecological innovation in several countries with recent awards in integrated ecological energy solutions.






Innovation in closed loop recycling of glass in built environments

Henry Amos
Bright Blue Studio
9 Clifford's Fort, Fish Quay, North Shields, NE30 1JE


Current re-uses of glass in building structures almost exclusively smashes it up for aggregate.




Recycling glass requires 69% of the energy required for new glass, compared to 4% for aluminium. Positively, recycling glass is potentially closed loop for containers.










This paper illuminates recent research into alternative integrations and methodologies spanning the use of glass in structural and phenomenological interventions within the built environment.













The presentation will illustrate other experimental and potential closed loop recycling for products in the built environment through adaptive technologies and alternative uses.













Waste and Resources Action Programme Waste Protocols Project (2008) Collection of Flat Glass: Environment Agency.