The engagement of small to medium enterprises for managing waste in building retrofit projects

Li, Mei & Yang, Jay (2013) The engagement of small to medium enterprises for managing waste in building retrofit projects. In Zheng, Dawei (Ed.) 2013 International Conference on Frontiers of Environment, Energy and Bioscience (ICFEEB 2013), 24-25 October 2013, Royal King Residence Hotel, Beijing.


The market of building retrofits is increasingly more intensified as existing buildings are aging. The building retrofit projects involve existing buildings which impose constraints on stakeholders throughout the project process. They are also risky, complex, less predictable and difficult to be well planned 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, but they often do not have adequate resources to deal with the specific technical challenges and project risks related to waste. This paper first discusses the requirements of waste management in building retrofit projects considering specific project characteristics and work natures, and highlights the importance of involving SMEs in waste planning and management through an appropriate way. By utilizing semi-structured interviews, this research develops a process model for SMEs to be applied in waste management. A collaboration scenario is also developed for collaborative waste planning and management by SMEs as subcontractors and large companies as main contractors. Findings from the paper will promote coordination of project delivery and waste management in building retrofit projects, and improve the involvement and performance of SMEs in dealing with waste problems.

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ID Code: 63777
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: building retrofit, waste management, SMEs, process model, collaboration scenario
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2013 23:27
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2014 17:13

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