UBC Graduate Research

UBC renovation project waste management Ren, Kirin


I. Project rationale In support of UBC’s Zero Waste Action Plan, to decrease C&D waste disposal and increase waste diversion for projects that fall outside of LEED and REAP green building systems, this project is implemented by two UBC master students from architecture and civil engineering department respectively. It intended to provide practical waste management methods for UBC authorities. II. Methodology This article focuses on over ten literature reviews and it also incorporates the interviews with UBC renovation projects contractors. By taking advantage of the conclusions from articles all over the world, and integrating the real situation on UBC campus, the waste management plans are presented and proposed accordingly. III. Key findings As the client of the UBC renovation projects, UBC authorities can establish dedicated requirements to guide and monitor the waste management process. IV. Recommendations 1. The elaborate design for deconstruction and utilization of pre-fabricated construction materials will REDUCE the potential waste remarkably. 2. REUSE every materials before they become “waste”. 3. The RECYCLE plan should be attached initially with the project contract, and the source-separated means should be encouraged. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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