In Australia, waste generated throughout the construction of residential dwellings is a significant environmental and resource problem.
December 2012 – March 2014
EPA Victoria Beyond Waste Fund (partner organsisations include: Australand, Metricon, Boral, FMG Engineering and the Master Builders Association of Victoria the Australian Housing Supply Chain Alliance)
The aim of the project was to develop and test a novel supply chain management (SCM) framework that can be used by volume residential construction organisations to minimise physical construction waste, and then to customise for SMEs in order to develop organisational capability in policy, process and practice. The framework was developed based upon an extensive action research methodology and included numerous interviews and workshops with key personnel within the case study organisations. This knowledge-to-action approach resulted in the development of a tool and user guidelines including a set of key operating SCM principles. Piloting the framework across two construction companies ensured credibility, rigour and validity of project outcomes, and provided a sound platform for wider dissemination to other housing sector participants. Implementation of the framework will enable organisations to develop in-house capacity and benchmark their efforts for continual improvement. Project outcomes will be disseminated to the wider construction sector through Housing Industry Association (HIA) and MBAV to facilitate the wider implementation of SCM best practice aimed at avoiding and reducing materials waste on housing construction sites.
The outcome of the project will assist the building industry in Australia to reduce and avoid construction material waste.
The project included 1) documentation of current practices, 2) creation of a self-assessment Framework, 3) development of guidelines, and 4) wide academic and public dissemination