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An analysis of factors influencing waste minimisation and use of recycled materials for the construction of residential buildings

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posted on 2024-06-13, 07:38 authored by G Treloar, H Gupta, P Love, B Nguyen
Residential building construction activities, whether it is new build, repair or maintenance, consumes a large amount of natural resources. This has a negative impact on the environment in the form depleting natural resources, increasing waste production and pollution. Previous research has identified the benefits of preventing or reducing material waste, mainly in terms of the limited available space for waste disposal, and escalating costs associated with landfills, waste management and disposal and their impact on a  building company's profitability. There has however been little development internationally of innovative waste management strategies aimed at reducing the resource requirement of the construction process. The authors contend that embodied energy is a useful indicator of resource value. Using data provided by a regional high-volume residential builder in the State of Victoria, Australia, this paper identifies the various types of waste that are generated from the construction of a typical standard house. It was found that in this particular case, wasted amounts of materials were less than those found previously by others for cases in capital cities (5-10 per cent), suggesting that waste minimisation strategies are successfully being implemented. Cost and embodied energy savings from using materials with recycled content are potentially more beneficial in terms of embodied energy and resource depletion than waste minimisation strategies.

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Journal

Management of environmental quality

Volume

14

Pagination

134-145

Location

Bingley, England

ISSN

1477-7835

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, MCB UP Limited

Issue

1

Publisher

Emerald

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