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Investigating the Relationship between Construction Supply Chain Integration and Sustainable Use of Material: Evidence from China

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Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsstraße 150, D-44780 Bochum, Germany
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Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Stevinweg 1, 2628 CN Delft, The Netherlands
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School of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045, China
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Sustainability 2018, 10(10), 3581; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103581
Received: 17 September 2018 / Revised: 30 September 2018 / Accepted: 2 October 2018 / Published: 8 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Development and Management of Mega Projects)
Environmental burdens arise in the whole life cycle of construction. Waste and pollution are produced in the upstream and downstream of a construction project along the supply chains. The interdependency between on-site construction and off-site logistics also leads to an expansion effect of waste when a disturbance occurs. A related supply chain activated by construction activities should be taken into account to improve the sustainability in construction from a material and waste management perspective. However, it is unknown how the supply chain integration could contribute to the sustainable use of materials in construction. Therefore, an empirical investigation is conducted. A research model with eight latent-constructs is designed through a comprehensive literature review, and 70 completed survey questionnaires are received. Using PLS-SEM (partial least squares-structural equation modeling), sample data is analyzed and seven research hypotheses are examined. Results support the assumption that the construction supply chain integration had a positive correlation with the sustainable use of construction materials. Discussion and relevant suggestions are given for the future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: construction supply chain; supply chain integration; sustainability; PLS-SEM construction supply chain; supply chain integration; sustainability; PLS-SEM
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Zeng, N.; Liu, Y.; Mao, C.; König, M. Investigating the Relationship between Construction Supply Chain Integration and Sustainable Use of Material: Evidence from China. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3581.

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