Benchmarks for recycling practices in commercial office building refurbishment : data collection challenges

Hardie, Mary , Khan, Shahed , & Miller, Graham (2006) Benchmarks for recycling practices in commercial office building refurbishment : data collection challenges. In CRC for Construction Innovation Second International Conference Clients Driving Innovation, 14 March 2006., Gold Coast, Qld.


In recent years considerable effort has gone into quantifying the reuse and recycling potential of waste generated by residential construction. Unfortunately less information is available for the commercial refurbishment sector. It is hypothesised that significant economic and environmental benefit can be derived from closer monitoring of the commercial construction waste stream. With the aim of assessing these benefits, the authors are involved in ongoing case studies to record both current standard practice and the most effective means of improving the eco-efficiency of materials use in office building refurbishments. This paper focuses on the issues involved in developing methods for obtaining the necessary information on better waste management practices and establishing benchmark indicators. The need to create databases to establish benchmarks of waste minimisation best practice in commercial construction is stressed. Further research will monitor the delivery of case study projects and the levels of reuse and recycling achieved in directly quantifiable ways

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ID Code: 27209
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: CRC for Construction Innovation, Program C : Delivery Management of Built Assets , Project 2003-026-C : Delivering a Re-Life Project
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