Quantification of material wastage in construction industry of Pakistan: an analytical relationship between building types and waste generation

Arshad, Husnain, Qasim, Muhammad, Thaheem, Muhammad Jamaluddin and Gabriel, Hamza Farooq 2017, Quantification of material wastage in construction industry of Pakistan: an analytical relationship between building types and waste generation, Journal of construction in developing countries, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 19-34, doi: 10.21315/jcdc2017.22.2.2.

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Title Quantification of material wastage in construction industry of Pakistan: an analytical relationship between building types and waste generation
Author(s) Arshad, Husnain
Qasim, Muhammad
Thaheem, Muhammad JamaluddinORCID iD for Thaheem, Muhammad Jamaluddin orcid.org/0000-0001-6092-7842
Gabriel, Hamza Farooq
Journal name Journal of construction in developing countries
Volume number 22
Issue number 2
Start page 19
End page 34
Total pages 16
Publisher Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
Place of publication Pinang, Malaysia
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1823-6499
2180-4222
Summary © Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2017. The construction industry consumes a large part of raw material and global energy, and produces huge amount of solid waste. It is established that waste generated by construction processes has significant negative impact on the economy and environment. Effective waste management helps in reducing quantity of wastes and making a substantial contribution towards sustainable development and cost control. Based on a benchmarking approach, this research quantifies the material wastage and its causes in different types of building projects. In a waste diagnostic survey, 38 project sites were surveyed. Results revealed that bricks, tiles, and plaster from mortar are the most wasteful materials, and improper worker's skills, poor supervision, and lack of management the most significant causes. Buildings with substantial architectural works tend to generate maximum amount of waste while contractor size does not affect waste generation rate. Based on expert opinion, practical recommendations are given to control material waste. The findings offer a new perspective on sustainable construction by correlating building types with waste generation, as contribution to the existing body of knowledge. It will lead the construction managers to better understand the actual situation of construction waste and devise control measures.
Language eng
DOI 10.21315/jcdc2017.22.2.2
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1202 Building
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2017, Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
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