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Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2340; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072340

What Gets Measured, Gets Done: Development of a Circular Economy Measurement Scale for Building Industry

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Polytechnic School of Linares, University of Jaén, 23071 Jaén, Spain
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Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Engineering, University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz, 85-796 Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Faculty of Business and Management, University of Granada, 18010 Granada, Spain
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Received: 1 June 2018 / Revised: 27 June 2018 / Accepted: 2 July 2018 / Published: 5 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Collection Sustainable Built Environment)
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The construction industry is among the sectors that need closer attention due to their environmental impact. The Circular Economy (CE) model promotes the transition to more sustainable production models, which are based on careful management of resources and the reduction of negative externalities generated by such businesses. Its application in this industry can foster significant improvements in sustainability. However, the measurement of the degree of implementation of CE is difficult, owing to an absence of psychometrically sound measures. In this paper, the development of the CE scale for the building industry was described, treated as an instrument that allows for a direct measurement of the importance of CE for companies. The processes used to generate items by applying the e-Delphi research technique were explained in the article, and the developed scale was tested and validated through confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). The final construction is composed of seven different weighted dimensions: four related to Resource Management: 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle), Efficient Management of Energy, Water, and Materials; two dimensions regarding environmental impact: Emissions and Wastes generated; and, one providing indicators of transition to the CE. View Full-Text
Keywords: circular economy; Building sustainability scale; industrial ecology circular economy; Building sustainability scale; industrial ecology
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Nuñez-Cacho, P.; Górecki, J.; Molina-Moreno, V.; Corpas-Iglesias, F.A. What Gets Measured, Gets Done: Development of a Circular Economy Measurement Scale for Building Industry. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2340.

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