Opportunities to reduce brick waste disposal

Salman Shooshtarian, Tayyab Maqsood, Carl Barrett, Peter S.P. Wong, Rebecca J. Yang, Malik Khalfan

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    Brick is a widely used construction material in the Australian construction industry. It has different applications in construction elements, notably walls and pavements. Between 85–90% of new dwellings in Australia in 2011 were built with external brick walls and concrete flooring. Furthermore, brickwork generates an abundance of waste in construction projects each year. This paper investigates the opportunities for minimising the volume of brick waste across its supply chain based on circular economy principles. It develops a model called Brick- LoWMoR (Low of Waste, More of Resource) which can identify these opportunities across the brick supply chain from manufacturing through to design, construction and various end of life stages. This paper provides practical recommendations to improve brick waste management for construction and demolition activities. The recommendations can also inform the development of building codes and standards which impact on the construction and demolition (C&D) waste stream in Australia.

    Original languageBritish English
    Title of host publicationANZAScA 2020 - 54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association
    Subtitle of host publicationImaginable Futures: Design Thinking, and the Scientific Method
    EditorsAli Ghaffarianhoseini, Amirhosein Ghaffarianhoseini, Nicola Naismith, Mahesh Babu Purushothaman, Dat Doan, Esther Aigwi, Funmi Rotimi, Nariman Ghodrati
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9780992383572
    StatePublished - 2020
    Event54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, ANZAScA 2020 - Virtual, Online, New Zealand
    Duration: 26 Nov 202027 Nov 2020

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the International Conference of Architectural Science Association
    ISSN (Electronic)2209-3850


    Conference54th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, ANZAScA 2020
    Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
    CityVirtual, Online


    • Circular economy
    • Construction material
    • Resource recovery
    • Waste management


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