Sustainable construction and demolition waste management: Comparison of corporate and project level drivers

Solomon Dankwah Adjei, Nii A. Ankrah, Issaka Ndekugri, David Searle

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Abstract

The need for sustainable management of construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) waste has for some years been considered a very important requirement in the construction industry. Construction industries in many countries have responded to the calls for waste management (WM) by instituting measures towards sustainably managing their designs, processes, materials and waste to reduce the negative burden of the industry on the environment. Today, almost all main contractor organizations in the UK have sustainability policies which cover the management of waste. These policies have led to the setting up of sustainable goals and requirements as part of the management of construction projects. Research on the drivers for sustainable WM in the construction industry suggest that, legislation and economic concerns are the key drivers for efforts by construction companies in this regard. Considering the project based nature of the industry, it is argued that drivers at the corporate level may not be the same as drivers at the project level. Through a multiple case study involving 4 construction companies and 8 construction projects in England, the different factors that drive WM in the construction industry at the corporate and project level are investigated. The results provide new evidence which suggest that the drivers for WM differ between the project level and the corporate level. Whereas economic consideration, company image, company sustainability agenda, client demands, government legislation, moral and social imperatives to manage waste, benchmarking and environmental concerns drive WM at the corporate level, at the project level, health and safety, the assurance of repeat jobs, charging schemes for sub-contractors and changing nature of the industry are extra factors that drive WM. This research concludes that, a better approach to sustainable CD&E WM should consider the project based factors together with the corporate or firm level factors in designing strategies towards sustainable WM.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, ARCOM 2018
Pages99-108
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2018
Event34th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2018 - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20185 Sep 2018

Conference

Conference34th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period3/09/185/09/18

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Demolition
Waste management
Construction industry
Industry
Contractors
Sustainable development
Economics
Sustainable construction
Benchmarking
Excavation
Health
Factors

Keywords

  • Corporate level
  • Drivers
  • Sustainability
  • Waste management strategy

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Adjei, S. D., Ankrah, N. A., Ndekugri, I., & Searle, D. (2018). Sustainable construction and demolition waste management: Comparison of corporate and project level drivers. In Proceeding of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, ARCOM 2018 (pp. 99-108)
Adjei, Solomon Dankwah ; Ankrah, Nii A. ; Ndekugri, Issaka ; Searle, David. / Sustainable construction and demolition waste management : Comparison of corporate and project level drivers. Proceeding of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, ARCOM 2018. 2018. pp. 99-108
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Adjei, SD, Ankrah, NA, Ndekugri, I & Searle, D 2018, Sustainable construction and demolition waste management: Comparison of corporate and project level drivers. in Proceeding of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, ARCOM 2018. pp. 99-108, 34th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2018, Belfast, United Kingdom, 3/09/18.

Sustainable construction and demolition waste management : Comparison of corporate and project level drivers. / Adjei, Solomon Dankwah; Ankrah, Nii A.; Ndekugri, Issaka; Searle, David.

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Adjei SD, Ankrah NA, Ndekugri I, Searle D. Sustainable construction and demolition waste management: Comparison of corporate and project level drivers. In Proceeding of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, ARCOM 2018. 2018. p. 99-108