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Title: Pathways to circular construction: An integrated management of construction and demolition waste for resource recovery
Authors: Ghaffar, SH
Burman, M
Braimah, N
Keywords: Circular construction;Construction and demolition waste;Re-use;Recycle;Resource recovery
Issue Date: 7-Oct-2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Journal of Cleaner Production, 2020, 244, 118710
Abstract: The challenges of sustainable construction, industrial growth and importance of resource efficiency are clearly recognised by the UK government and are now at the forefront of strategy and policy. A critical component of the government’s sustainability strategies concerns way in which construction and demolition waste (C&DW) is managed. In this study a mixed method approach was adopted to investigate current practices of C&DW management and circular construction (re-use, recycle and recovery of materials) concept awareness in the UK. Relevant stakeholders from the construction industry (contracting, demolition and C&DW organisations) were selected and their views solicited on arguments about circular construction to help establish common visions and further encourage sustainable behaviour across the sector. The study revealed that legislation by the government on the re-use and recycling threshold for every new project can substantially improve circularity within the built environment. More specifically, focus should be on smart dismantling of buildings and ways of optimising cost effective processes. This will enable fair competition between stakeholders and eventually lead to investments in innovative approaches for resource recovery from C&DW. Further incentives and appreciations from government should also be given to stakeholders who are innovating and setting benchmarks in circular construction. This can lead to harmonised technological and non-technological solutions, closed-loop material processes and a circular economy.
ISSN: 0959-6526
Other Identifiers: 118710
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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