Construction waste in the United Kingdom: effective management of the design process

Wynn, John P. (2011) Construction waste in the United Kingdom: effective management of the design process. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The construction industry in the UK is responsible for producing over thirty-five milllion tonnes of landfill waste every year, which equates to around 30-35% of the total waste generated. Current discoure on the subject estimates UK landfill sites will become exhausted in the next five to ten yeras. Recent research and current thinking on construction waste minimisation focuses primarily on the management of construction waste during the construction phase, with emphasis on re-using, recycling, recovery, composting and disposal to landfill. Waste managemnet is the responsibility of the principal contractor during the construction phase of a project but waste minimisation is not usually made an explicit duty within this. Literature research suggested waste minimisation is not a priority in the design process, perhaps because although one-third of construction waste generated in the UK may arise as a result of design decisions, almost all the waste is generated during site operations and not during the design phases. Construction project design teams therefore have a significant opportunity to address construction waste at its source, the design process.

    The opinions, attitudes and behaviour of construction professionals involved in cosntruction project design teams will be examined with any trends, patterns and themes identified from the waste minimisation process explored. The research findings consider any restrictions, constraints and incentives encountered and how these affect professional practice. It is envisaged that the reseach discussion, conclusions and recommendations will serve to improve attitudes tward waste minimisation in practice and contribute to the debate on the UK and global issues with waste generation and its disposal.

    The dissertation examines previous research, papers and studies on waste minisation and by means of a covert observation activity, postal quesionnaire and focus group. The research investigates construction waste in the UK and effective management of the design process. Future research opportunites are explored, including individual interviews to extend the research into waste minimisation case study areas.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2011 13:23
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:43

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