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Buildings 2015, 5(3), 860-879; doi:10.3390/buildings5030860

Assessment of the Impact of Complex Healthcare Features on Construction Waste Generation

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, P/Bag 102904, Auckland 0745, New Zealand
Academic Editor: Adrian Pitts
Received: 27 March 2015 / Revised: 19 July 2015 / Accepted: 19 July 2015 / Published: 7 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Buildings: Design for Comfort and Users)
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Over recent years, the British government has been investing billions of pounds in new and refurbished healthcare building projects. With the rapid growth in investment in healthcare infrastructure throughout the United Kingdom, a number of sustainability issues have been created, including construction waste generation. There is growing consensus in the literature that healthcare buildings are “complex”, due to their unique functional and operational features, and are thus more prone to generating larger amounts of construction waste. However, no significant research has been undertaken to identify the relationships between complex features in building projects and construction waste production, which is the focus of this study. Twenty-five semi-structured interviews and a questionnaire survey were conducted among healthcare clients, contractors, and architects. A life cycle approach has been adopted in this study to holistically assess and evaluate the effects of complexities with construction waste causes in healthcare projects. The findings reveal that the complex shapes and sizes of rooms, and mechanical and electrical services, significantly impact waste caused by such things as: incomplete briefing, incorrect drawing details, complex designs, non-standard designs, and inadequate communication and coordination in the pre-design, design, and construction stages. View Full-Text
Keywords: causes of waste; complex buildings; construction waste; healthcare; waste minimisation causes of waste; complex buildings; construction waste; healthcare; waste minimisation
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Domingo, N. Assessment of the Impact of Complex Healthcare Features on Construction Waste Generation. Buildings 2015, 5, 860-879.

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