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Green Building Practices on Waste Minimization in China Construction Industry

by Bernice Xin Yi Lee 1 , Mohanadoss Ponraj 2 , Hasti Widyasamratri 3 , Jie Wang 4
1 Department of Civil Construction Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Science, Curtin University, CDT 250, Miri, 98009, Sarawak, Malaysia
2 Department of Biological Sciences, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, The Copperbelt University, Riverside, Jambo Drive, PO Box 21692, Zambia
3 Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Sultan Agung Islamic University, Semarang, Indonesia
4 Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology

SUBMITTED: 15 October 2021; ACCEPTED: 09 December 2021; PUBLISHED: 20 December 2021

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In China, a common practice for construction waste management is to dispose of it in landfills. A 5% construction waste recycling rate and ongoing insufficient landfilling practice resulted in decreased environmental and socioeconomic well-being. Management hierarchy that starts with rethink, redesign, reduce, reuse, refurbish, recycle, incineration, and finally disposal is a probable strategy to facilitate construction waste minimization in China. The green building concept pursued by China also served as a promising tool in evaluating the performance of Chinese green buildings. Barriers include lack of standard operating procedure in waste minimization, immature recycling technology and an undeveloped recycling market, leading to poor performance in construction waste minimization. Several strategies are proposed to ameliorate the current condition in China's construction sector. Even though results reveal that China falls behind in the engagement of green building compared to developed countries, green materials are utilized in various building structures such as flooring, roofs, walls, and outdoor pavements. Lastly, the benefits and shortcomings of two green material technologies, in particular material selection and recycling, applied in China were reviewed. 

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