The Centre for Design and Society, Burbank Australia and the Housing Industry Association develop and disseminate strategies and practices to reduce residential construction waste sent to landfill.
Completion: April 2014
Burbank Australia, through Sustainability Victoria’s Beyond Waste Fund
The Centre for Design and Society (CfD+S) at RMIT University partnered with Burbank Australia and the Housing Industry Association (HIA) to develop and disseminate strategies and practices which minimise residential construction waste being sent to landfill. The project focused in waste generation from volume-built houses in Australia.
By examining the types, quantities and causal factors for waste generated in a typical volume-built house, a number of design, construction and waste management strategies were co-developed between CfD+S and Burbank Australia. These strategies were implemented through the design and construction of a “Zero Waste“ home. The design strategies resulted in a significant reduction in waste generation; reducing waste generation by close to 80% (by mass) from the baseline. The implementation of the other strategies reduced the waste generation even further, with the final waste to landfill being close to 30 kg; over a 99% reduction from the baseline.