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Calculation Methodology to Quantify and Classify Construction Waste

The Open Construction and Building Technology Journal, 2011, 5: 131-140

Mª Pilar Mercader Moyano , Antonio Ramirez de Arellano Agudo , Manuel Olivares Santiago

Department of Building Construction I, University of Seville. Avda. Reina, Mercedes, 2. 41012 Seville, Spain.

Electronic publication date 22/12/2011
[DOI: 10.2174/1874836801105010131]


This paper proposes a strategy to define a calculation methodology, readily available for any agent involved in the construction process. By means of this methodology we will be able to quantify and classify the construction waste generated when implementing buildings, and focuses on the dwelling sector, here referred to as Common Construction Model (CCM).

We start by quantifying the material resources consumed in the construction of this Model. Identifying, quantifying and classifying the most relevant wastes generated during the building process, future research will draw comparative analyses between the different constructive solutions and the material resources in order to minimize the environmental impact generated by the Common Construction Model (CCM).

Finally, a case study is shown where the methodology is applied on a sample of ten buildings, focuses on the dwelling sector. These buildings, on the other hand, are part of a subsidizing-housing program; both of them are defined and analysed in this paper.

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