Evaluation of using BEAM-PLUS to facilitate waste reduction in building construction

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017
Subtitle of host publicationWSBE 17 Hong Kong
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2017

Conference

TitleWorld Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017
LocationHong Kong
PlaceHong Kong
Period5 - 7 June 2017

Abstract

As with many other countries, Hong Kong has experienced severe social and environmental problems because of construction waste. Therefore, promoting resource conservation and implementing waste reduction measures are a priority in the building industry’s attempt to achieve sustainable construction goals. Green building construction must be underlain by the consideration of net positive contributions to urban environments, the avoidance of waste generation and the promotion of the material life cycle concept. Sustainability in the industry is also strongly driven by the use of environmental assessment tools for buildings. Accordingly, there is a need to evaluate the effectiveness of such tools in promoting waste reduction.
Since 2011, certification under the Building Environmental Assessment Method (BEAM-PLUS) has been amongst the prerequisites for the granting of gross floor area concessions for Hong Kong’s development projects. This research was aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of BEAM-PLUS in facilitating waste reduction in the building construction sector. It assessed the appropriateness of the waste reduction criteria in BEAM-PLUS and the waste reduction level achieved when such criteria are adopted. A questionnaire survey, a case study of recently completed buildings and face-to-face interviews were conducted to collect data. The findings reveal that although waste control awareness has increased in recent years, it remains neglected by the stakeholders of building construction. Incentives provided in the Material Aspect (MA) criteria of BEAM-PLUS can serve as an effective motivation for reducing waste, although some credits may be difficult to achieve. MA credits should be divided into sub-credits to encourage the wider adoption of MA in the building industry. BEAM-PLUS should incorporate additional waste reduction measures to increase the awareness and adoption of life cycle thinking in the construction industry.

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Evaluation of using BEAM-PLUS to facilitate waste reduction in building construction. / JAILLON, Lara Celine; Lee, M.W.; Poon, C.S.

Proceedings of the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2017: WSBE 17 Hong Kong. 2017.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)