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Establishing underpinning concepts for integrating circular economy and offsite construction: a bibliometric review

Lovelin Obi (Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Mohammed Arif (School of Architecture, Technology and Engineering, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK)
Emmanuel I. Daniel (Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Olugbenga Timo Oladinrin (Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Jack Steven Goulding (Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK) (Unisearch UK Ltd, Glasgow, UK)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 19 December 2022

Issue publication date: 17 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Circular economy (CE) and offsite construction (OSC) are two innovations for improving the construction industry's overall performance against a myriad of sustainability-driven agenda/initiatives. There is a real opportunity to conjoin OSC and CE to provide new insight and opportunities to deliver more evidence-based sustainable systems. This study analyses extant literature in CE and OSC (between 2000 and 2021) through a bibliometric review to tease out critical measures for their integration and transformation.

Design/methodology/approach

This study adopts a science mapping quantitative literature review approach employing bibliometric and visualisation techniques to systematically investigate data. The Web of Science (WoS) database was used to collect data, and the VOSviewer software to analyse the data collected to determine strengths, weights, clusters and research trends in OSC and CE.

Findings

Important findings emerging from the study include extensive focus on sustainability, waste, life cycle assessment and building information modelling (BIM), which currently serve as strong interlinks to integrate OSC and CE. Circular business models, deconstruction and supply chain management are emerging areas, with strong links for integrating CE and OSC. These emerging areas influence organisational and operational decisions towards sustainable value creation, hence requiring more future empirical investigations.

Originality/value

This study is a novel research using bibliometric analysis to unpick underpinning conduits for integrating CE and OSC, providing a blueprint for circular OSC future research and practice. It provides the needed awareness to develop viable strategies for integrating CE in OSC, creating opportunities to transition to more sustainable systems in the construction sector.

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Citation

Obi, L., Arif, M., Daniel, E.I., Oladinrin, O.T. and Goulding, J.S. (2023), "Establishing underpinning concepts for integrating circular economy and offsite construction: a bibliometric review", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 123-139. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-01-2022-0009

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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