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Demolition & Construction Management: Sustainable Design, Use of Materials and Waste Minimization

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Building".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 December 2023) | Viewed by 1413

Special Issue Editors

Engineering Department and Smart Cities Institute, Public University of Navarre, 31006 Pamplona, Spain
Interests: sustainable construction; waste valorization; soil stabilization; hydraulic and alkaline binders
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E2S UPPA, SIAME, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Anglet, France & Institut Universitaire de France, Paris, France
Interests: sustainable construction; earthen materials; waste valorization; chemical resistance; durability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the current context of the fight against climate change, the construction sector must limit its impact on the environment. To do this, several solutions have been identified. These include reducing the depletion of natural resources and waste by using by-products as a substitute for raw materials in construction products. These by-products can come from the construction industry (excavated soil, demolition aggregates, concrete returns, etc.) or from other industries or agriculture. In addition to limiting the use of raw materials and embodied energy, these by-products can improve the physico-chemical properties of building materials to make them more sustainable. Another option is to rationalize the use of construction materials by optimizing the design of structures, in particular through numerical simulations, or by adapting material formulations to increase their durability and resilience.

This Special Issue aims to promote the reduction of the environmental impact of the construction and building industry. This Special Issue will collaborate with this goal by means of the diffusion of original works related to the effectiveness of the management of materials in the construction and building industry, from an environmental point of view. Research and experimental works related to the consumption of the materials, materials management, use of recycled raw materials, waste minimization or environmental impact evaluation, are welcome. This Special Issue will cover the existing lack of knowledge about numerous non-conventional construction and building materials made of recycled raw materials mainly from technical and environmental points of view. This Special Issue also focuses on the innovative material management systems that could contribute to the effectiveness of materials consumption and waste valorization in the construction industry.

Dr. Andres Seco Meneses
Dr. Céline Perlot
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • waste management
  • by-product valorization
  • circular economy
  • sustainable construction
  • saving raw materials
  • environmental impacts

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Using Lean in Deconstruction Projects for Maximising the Reuse of Materials: A Canadian Case Study
Sustainability 2024, 16(5), 1816; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16051816 - 22 Feb 2024
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The construction sector is considered a major consumer of virgin materials and a contributor to waste generation. Therefore, it is essential to rethink current waste management practices, for example, by applying circular economy principles to building demolition, such as deconstruction. Deconstruction involves dismantling [...] Read more.
The construction sector is considered a major consumer of virgin materials and a contributor to waste generation. Therefore, it is essential to rethink current waste management practices, for example, by applying circular economy principles to building demolition, such as deconstruction. Deconstruction involves dismantling a building with the aim of maintaining the highest possible value for its materials and maximising their recovery potential. This study aims to guide the construction sector towards deconstruction to support its efforts to transform itself toward a more sustainable industry. It focuses on a regional case study in the province of Québec (Canada), presenting five buildings to be deconstructed. First, this study presents the outcomes of our analysis of the current situation. Second, it identifies the issues and obstacles encountered and proposes avenues to improve the current process based on solutions identified in the literature and the recommendations of the manager, the contractor involved in the deconstruction project, as well as experts in the construction industry. Finally, it proposes an improved deconstruction process. Our research approach is inspired from Lean thinking and follows the Action Research methodology. Full article
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Global Patterns in Construction and Demolition Waste (C&DW) Research: A Bibliometric Analysis Using VOSviewer
Sustainability 2024, 16(4), 1561; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16041561 - 12 Feb 2024
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C&DW is contributing to exceeding all planetary boundaries and presents a range of other issues. In order to better understand the existing research on C&DW, a global bibliographic analysis was undertaken through seven groups of keyword searches of Scopus and the results visualised [...] Read more.
C&DW is contributing to exceeding all planetary boundaries and presents a range of other issues. In order to better understand the existing research on C&DW, a global bibliographic analysis was undertaken through seven groups of keyword searches of Scopus and the results visualised using VOSviewer. The study identifies phases in discussion of C&DW in terms of volume and themes and examines how search terms influence what is found. The results show that C&DW receives only a modest research attention compared to other areas of waste, and this is despite an exponential increase in C&DW research since 2016. The analyses also show that concrete is the most researched material in terms of C&DW, and that reuse, recycling, and circular economy are so far attracting only proportionally modest research attention. This signals a need for further acceleration of the C&DW research, and specifically for more research on reuse, recycling, and circular economy for materials other than concrete. One important finding are differences observed when using different search terms related to C&DW, which suggests that single search studies might provide limited insights. Full article
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