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Identifying the Major Construction Wastes in the Building Construction Phase Based on Life Cycle Assessments

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Department of Architectural Engineering, Kangwon National University, Samcheok 25913, Korea
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GREENers, Ansan 15455, Korea
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School of Architecture, Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gumi 39177, Korea
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Department of Civil Engineering, Kangwon National University, Samcheok 25913, Korea
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Sustainability 2020, 12(19), 8096; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198096
Received: 3 August 2020 / Revised: 9 September 2020 / Accepted: 23 September 2020 / Published: 1 October 2020
The purpose of this study was to identify the major wastes generated during the construction phase using a life cycle assessment. To accomplish this, the amount of waste generated in the construction phase was deduced using the loss rate and weight conversions. Major construction wastes were assessed using six comprehensive environmental impact categories, including global warming potential, abiotic depletion potential, acidification potential, eutrophication potential, ozone depletion potential, and photochemical ozone creation potential. According to the analysis results, five main construction wastes—concrete, rebar, cement, polystyrene panel, and concrete block—comprehensively satisfied the 95% cutoff criteria for all six environmental impact categories. The results of the environmental impact characterization assessment revealed that concrete, concrete block, and cement waste accounted for over 70% of the contribution level in all the environmental impact categories except resource depletion. Insulation materials accounted for 1% of the total waste generated but were identified by the environmental impact assessment to have the highest contribution level. View Full-Text
Keywords: major construction wastes; life cycle assessment; construction phase major construction wastes; life cycle assessment; construction phase
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Park, W.-J.; Kim, R.; Roh, S.; Ban, H. Identifying the Major Construction Wastes in the Building Construction Phase Based on Life Cycle Assessments. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8096. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198096

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Park W-J, Kim R, Roh S, Ban H. Identifying the Major Construction Wastes in the Building Construction Phase Based on Life Cycle Assessments. Sustainability. 2020; 12(19):8096. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198096

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Park, Won-Jun; Kim, Rakhyun; Roh, Seungjun; Ban, Hoki. 2020. "Identifying the Major Construction Wastes in the Building Construction Phase Based on Life Cycle Assessments" Sustainability 12, no. 19: 8096. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198096

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