Small and medium enterprises’ solution to improve on-site waste management in office building retrofit projects

Li, Mei, Yang, Jay, & Li, Qiming (2010) Small and medium enterprises’ solution to improve on-site waste management in office building retrofit projects. In 8th International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management (2010), 1-3 December 2010, Royal on the Park Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland.

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Office building retrofit projects are increasingly more intensified as existing buildings are aging. At the same time, building owners and occupants are looking for environmentally sustainable products. These retrofit projects usually take place in center business district (CBDs) with on-site waste becoming one of the critical issues. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) carry out most of the work in retrofit projects as subcontractors. Despite their large involvement, they often do not have adequate resources to deal with the specific technical challenges and project risks related to waste. Few research has been done on their performance of waste management operations. This paper identifies characteristics of on-site waste in office building retrofit projects. It examines the specific requirements for contractors to manage waste in the projects before exploring the existing performance of SMEs. By comparing requirements for SMEs and their potential areas for improvement, a framework is established for performance promotion of SMEs in on-site waste management of office building retrofit projects. The paper will raise the consciousness and commitment of SMEs as sub-contractors to waste management. It also explores ways of supporting SMEs for experience accumulation, performance promotion and project culture establishment towards effective and efficient on-site waste management in the growing sector of office building retrofit and upgrade.

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ID Code: 38649
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: office building, retrofit, waste management, sustainability
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2010 02:01
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:27

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