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Quantifying the Impact of Circular Economy Applied to the Built Environment: A Study of Construction and Demolition Waste to Identify Leverage Points

Abstract The built environment is responsible for a significant portion of global waste generation.

Construction and demolition (C&D) waste requires significant landfill areas and costs

billions of dollars. New business models that reduce this waste may prove to be financially

beneficial and generally more sustainable. One such model is referred to as the “Circular

Economy” (CE), which promotes the efficient use of materials to minimize waste

generation and raw material consumption. CE is achieved by maximizing the life of

materials and components and by reclaiming the typically wasted value at the end of their

life. This thesis identifies the potential opportunities for using CE in the built environment.

It first calculates the magnitud... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Aldaaja, Mohammad (Author) / El Asmar, Mounir (Advisor) / Buch, Rajesh (Committee member) / Kaloush, Kamil E (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Environmental engineering / Civil engineering / Sustainability / Circular economy / Construction and Demolition Waste / Environmental economics / Reusing and Recycling / Waste management
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 71 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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