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Construction, renovation and demolition waste tracking and benchmarking : a case study of the University of British Columbia Hosseini, Zahra


This report describes the measures which are taken to improve construction, demolition, and renovation waste (CDR waste) management practices of “special” (medium size) renovation projects on UBC campus. Currently there is minimal information available about these projects, because these projects are conducted by private companies and they are not required to gain any environmental certification. Three measures have been currently taken based on the findings of a data collection from a number of contractors and waste subcontractors working on UBC campus. Actions taken are: -- Developing electronic and hardcopy waste management forms which are intended to reduce the amount of time and effort required for waste tracking -- Providing concise educational documents to promote waste tracking -- Creating a waste generation and diversion benchmark to compare performance of different projects, and to assist in estimation of expected waste quantities based on other project parameters. The reports finishes with some suggestions for future actions which include: measures to facilitate and improve on-site waste separation; motivational measures for contractors and subcontractors; taking more control over CDR waste management by directly managing CDR waste of the special projects or assigning a limited number of waste managers for multiple projects on-campus; using online waste tracking software tools; and some further research opportunities. 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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