Waste minimization

Journal article

Design of knowledge-based systems for automated deployment of building management services

Despite its high potential, the building's sector lags behind in reducing its energy demand. Tremendous savings can be achieved by deploying building management services during operation, however, the manual deployment of these services needs to be undertaken by experts and it is a tedious, time...
Journal article

Flexible and transportable robotic timber construction platform – TIM

This paper presents a new approach to robotic fabrication in the building industry through the conceptualisation, development and evaluation of a large-scale, transportable and flexible robotic timber construction platform – named TIM.
Report

Consumer perceptions of the role of packaging in reducing food waste

This industry report reviews the existing literature to scope the recognised knowledge in the fields of food packaging and food waste relating to consumers’ expectations, to inform food producers, packaging designers and retailers in their strategies and educational campaigns.
Report

Phasing out plastics

Building on recent literature about plastics and climate change, this report explores the potential for extensive emission reductions in the plastics sector.
Journal article

How close is the built environment to achieving circularity?

This paper will extrapolate the EMF's ReSOLVE frameworks through the context of three examples in vastly different formats.
Report

Recommendations for standardisation of kerbside collections in Aotearoa

Domestic kerbside collections in Aotearoa New Zealand vary significantly across the country. Inconsistencies lead to confusion among the public, incentivise waste to landfill, and can increase contamination in recycling. This report discusses ways to standardise domestic kerbside collections to increase consistency, reduce confusion for householders...
Journal article

Minimize the route length using heuristic method aided with simulated annealing to reinforce lean management sustainability

Cost reduction is a cornerstone of the Lean administration’s sustainability through modifying its algorithms scheme to become multi-useful. This paper focuses on controlled “movement” of waste, to minimize time spent on deployments of pipeline, cabling and sewerage networks, to avoid demurrages (i.e., constructor sectors) and...
Journal article

Strategy of change construction method to increase productivity and reduce waste in the private university buildings

In the effort of productivity management of floor plate formwork method and minimising waste in building projects, the contractor must know the level of productivity of conventional floor plate formwork method and panel floor formwork method. The aim of this research is to explore the...
Journal article

A three methods proactive improvement model for buildings construction processes

This paper proposes a proactive model to improve the overall performance of construction processes. The main advantage is that potential waste and associate impacts could be identified in the early stages of a project before the construction phase.
Conference paper

Developing a tool to assess workers' understanding of lean concepts in construction

Construction workers need to be trained on lean construction concepts and principles. The purpose of this paper is to develop a tool to assess the workers’ understanding of Lean concepts in construction.