Training for reduction of design waste

Moreton, Aaron, Coffey, Vaughan, & Sadiqi, Zabihullah (2016) Training for reduction of design waste. Proceedings of the ICE - Waste and Resource Management. (In Press)

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Construction and demolition (C&D) waste have negative impacts on the environment. As a significant proportion of C&D waste is related to the design stage of a project, there is an opportunity for architects to reduce the waste. However, research suggests that many architects often do not understand the impact of their design on waste generation. Training and education are proposed by current researchers to improve architects’ knowledge; however, this has not been adequately validated as a viable approach to solving waste issues. This research investigates architects’ perceptions towards waste management in the design phase, and determines whether they feel they are adequately skilled in reducing C&D waste. Questionnaire surveys were distributed to architects from 98 architectural firms and 25 completed surveys were returned. The results show that while architects are aware of the relationship between design and waste, ‘extra time’ and ‘lack of knowledge’ are the key barriers to implementing waste reduction strategies. In addition, the majority of respondents acknowledge their lack of skill to reduce waste through design evaluation. Therefore, training programmes can be a viable strategy to enable them to address the pressing issue of C&D waste reduction.

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ID Code: 95590
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: education & training, project management, waste management & disposal
DOI: 10.1680/jwarm.15.00013
ISSN: 1747-6526
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: 2016 ICE Publishing
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Deposited On: 16 May 2016 23:21
Last Modified: 17 May 2016 23:12

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