Whole building recycling as a waste reduction practice
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Citation:Turner, D. (2015). Whole building recycling as a waste reduction practice. In M. Panko & L. Kestle (Eds.). Building today - saving tomorrow: Sustainability In Construction And Deconstruction Conference Proceedings. (pp. 18-26). Auckland, New Zealand : Unitec Institute of Technology. Retrieved from: www.unitec.ac.nz/epress/
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/3168
This paper considers strategies for whole building recycling in New Zealand. Assumptions about waste and recycling potential that are made in the process of improving construction systems usually relate to the development of new practices that may be generally characterised as reductive. These are often effective, and make significant contributions to the overall efficiency of the wider building industry. However, the tradition of uplifting, removing, relocating and restoring – and in this process, recycling – a whole building is well established as a practical and economic alternative to demolition and salvage, in which only a small proportion of all the original material is likely to be recovered. The “relocatable”, in which space and volume as well as material is recycled, can be seen as a sustainable practice for reduction of waste and resource depletion, and also sustainable for its social function. The argument for expanding the practice is developed in this paper through case study examples with a focus on three elements: material recovery (including energy), irreducible waste by-products from the usual recovery process, and identifiable social advantages. It is argued here that waste is minimised through the element of direct personal commitment commonly encountered during the period of the building’s recovery. Case studies are supported by research that has had access to the files of some of Auckland’s leading house removal companies.
Keywords:recycling, building recycling, waste reduction, relocatables, houses, Auckland, New Zealand, whole building recycling
ANZSRC Field of Research:120299 Building not elsewhere classified, 050205 Environmental Management
Copyright Holder:Unitec Institute of Technology
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