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Factors Influencing Construction Waste Generation in Building Construction: Thailand’s Perspective

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Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
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Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
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Faculty of Education, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
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Sustainability 2019, 11(13), 3638; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133638
Received: 2 June 2019 / Revised: 21 June 2019 / Accepted: 27 June 2019 / Published: 2 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
Rapid growth in construction activities as a result of a growing population and urbanization in many parts of the world generates a large amount of waste from construction. To reduce and manage these wastes, a comprehensive understanding of the construction waste generation factors is needed. The purpose of this study is to identify the contributing factors of construction waste in Thailand’s construction industry. The causes of construction waste were identified through an extensive literature review. A total of 28 causes of construction waste were identified and grouped into the four categories: design and documentation, material and procurement, construction method and planning, and human resources. To determine the significant level of each factor, a structured questionnaire survey was carried out to gather information from contractors about causes of construction material waste. The results show that the categories contributing to construction waste ranks as design and documentation, human resources, construction methods and planning, and material and procurement, respectively. Meanwhile, factors from each category were also determined and ranked. Design change, inattentive working attitudes and behaviors, ineffective planning and scheduling, and material storage were among the highest impact factors on construction waste generation in each category. Identifying the significance levels of waste generation factors will help the industry’s stakeholders build suitable strategies to manage construction waste more effectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: construction waste; waste management; construction waste factors; sustainability; relative important index construction waste; waste management; construction waste factors; sustainability; relative important index
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Luangcharoenrat, C.; Intrachooto, S.; Peansupap, V.; Sutthinarakorn, W. Factors Influencing Construction Waste Generation in Building Construction: Thailand’s Perspective. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3638.

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