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Title: Circular economy in construction: current awareness, challenges and enablers
Authors: Adams, Katherine
Osmani, Mohamed
Thorpe, Tony
Thornback, Jane
Keywords: Circular economy
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © ICE Publishing
Citation: ADAMS, K. ... et al, 2017. Circular economy in construction: current awareness, challenges and enablers. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Waste and Resource Management, 170 (1), pp. 15-24.
Abstract: The application of circular economy thinking in construction, which is in its infancy, has been largely limited to construction waste minimisation and recycling. Little research on circular economy from a systems perspective including how new business models might enable materials to retain high residual values has been undertaken. Utilising the results from a survey and a follow up workshop, this paper provides an analysis of an industry-wide perspective of circular economy awareness, challenges and enablers. The survey results indicate that whilst there is industry-wide awareness of the concept, clients, designers and subcontractors are the least informed and this is a key challenge for greater adoption. The absence of incentives to design products and buildings for disassembly and reuse at end of life is a significant challenge. To encourage greater implementation of circular economy principles throughout the supply chain, a clear economic case is paramount, supported by metrics, tools and guidance.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. Is is published by ICE under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Sponsor: This paper was based upon research conducted within a research project ‘Embedding Circular Economy in the Built Environment’ funded by the BRE Trust.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1680/jwarm.16.00011
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24136
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/jwarm.16.00011
ISSN: 1747-6526
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