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Perception on benefits of construction waste management in the Singapore construction industry

Bon‐Gang Hwang (Department of Building, National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Zong Bao Yeo (Sato Kogyo (S) Pte Ltd, Singapore)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 5 July 2011

Abstract

Purpose

Increased disposal costs and reduction in number of landfills have created a need for implementing effective waste management in the construction industry. As every construction project is unique in its way of development, benefits from the waste management may also differ from project to project and thus project characteristics should be taken into consideration when implementing the strategy. This study seeks to investigate how different project characteristics affect perception on benefits, from construction waste management, based on the survey results from 66 industry experts.

Design/methodology/approach

A literature review was conducted to gather information on project characteristics and its classification, construction waste management, waste management plan and its benefits. Subsequently, a set of questions was formulated to gain insight and opinion on the selection of project characteristics and particular benefits of construction waste management. A set of questions pertaining to different project characteristics linked with benefits of waste management was sent to each of the personnel for their views.

Findings

The results of this study establishes that the key materials used in projects, project size in terms of total installed costs, and project type have perceptual impacts on benefits from construction waste management.

Originality/value

Understanding how project characteristics will affect the benefits can help the construction industry to identify projects to which the waste management should first be applied, maximizing its benefits.

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Citation

Hwang, B. and Bao Yeo, Z. (2011), "Perception on benefits of construction waste management in the Singapore construction industry", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 18 No. 4, pp. 394-406. https://doi.org/10.1108/09699981111145835

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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