Towards Zero Waste in Construction: A Case Study Using Green Building Certification Systems

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Dicle Üniversitesi Mühendislik Fakültesi Mühendislik Dergisi, vol.11, no.2, pp.875-888, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier


In many countries of the world like Turkey there are extensive civil engineering constructions in the formsof buildings, skyscrapers, dams, bridges, canals, culverts, pipes and roads. Each one of these activitieslead to wastages that need to be dealt with ecosystem friendly coupled with economic, social andenvironmental sustainability purposes. Construction materials from the resources through their usages anddemolishment need special attention for end-product as minimum as wastage generation after reusepossibilities. The linear process of successive resources, usages and landfill end planning is the simplestalternative, which has been applied so far in any country or society, especially, by local governments andcompanies. Although, between usage and the landfill are interstate reuse benefits, but they are marginal,because the landfills bury large amounts of reuse benefits. Since almost ten years, circular waste treatmentprograms came into view with extensive consideration, which prior to landfill extracts demolishmentmaterials as much as possible for reuse with the aim of zero waste (ZW). The application sources andpossibilities of this trend is exposed for Turkish construction circles with the commercialization of moredemolished materials for extra economic return. Thus, this study can be useful to policy and decisionmakers in developing the ZW guidelines in construction sector by using Site Waste Management Plans(SWMP)s.