Planning for SMEs’ Proactive Waste Management in Office Building Retrofit Projects

Yang, Jay, Li, Mei, & Li, Qiming (2011) Planning for SMEs’ Proactive Waste Management in Office Building Retrofit Projects. In World Sustainable Building Conference (SB11), Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, Helsinki.

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Abstract

Office building retrofit projects face many challenges for on-site waste management. While the projects themselves have the potential for a significant level of reuse and recycling from decon-struction and demolition, their unique characteristics often prohibit direct application of existing waste management systems, which are typically based on managing waste generated through new material application in new build projects. Moreover, current waste management plans include no stimuli to involve Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for on-site waste management. As SMEs carry out the majority of on-site work as subcontractors, their active involvements will result in more proactive approaches to waste management and enhance project delivery. This paper discusses the interim results of a continuing research aimed at engaging SMEs in the planning processes of waste management through the collaboration between subcontractors and main contractors of retrofitting projects. It introduces a conceptual model for SMEs to proactively plan and manage on-site waste generation for both deconstruction and construction stages, before traditional waste management plans by the main contractor come into place. The model also suggests a collaboration process between SMEs as subcontractors and large companies as the main contractor to improve the involvement and performance of SMEs in waste management of office building retrofit projects.

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ID Code: 46764
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: waste management, SMEs, planning, office building retrofit
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 2011 (please consult the authors).
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2011 05:32
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2011 10:42

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