Project Details


The second industry-oriented project aims to investigate which metrics are used in the construction industry to measure waste in construction in order to come up with recommendations for how the industry as a whole can measure waste and support measures to reduce waste and climate impact for the benefit of construction players and society. At the moment, there is a great focus on the material waste in the execution and (lack of) recycling of materials during replacement/demolition, while the waste that occurs in other phases of construction does not receive the same attention. However, construction is characterized by waste on several fronts: failure, errors and deficiencies in project material and completed buildings, rework, process waste in and between construction phases and a non-optimal resource efficiency for achieving quality. It leads to misallocation of limited financial resources, reduced opportunities for earning and unnecessary consumption of time, finances and of course the planet's limited resources. However, there is no clear terminology for or way to monitor waste in the construction industry. With that in mind, the main question for this project arises:
- How can the industry's performance be measured continuously, systematically and reliably at different levels (e.g. industry versus company), unit of analysis (e.g. project versus contract), different production factors (e.g. machines versus manpower) or from different perspectives (e.g. lean)?

Waste can look different depending on which player's perspective in the life cycle of buildings is taken as a starting point, as different players have different success criteria, focus areas, etc. Therefore, it is the project's mission to include the entire life cycle of buildings in order to gain an insight into the diverse perspectives on how waste is expressed in both the construction and property industries. Representative target groups are invited to six workshops, which are planned to be held with the following themes:
- Workshop 1: Asset management – Waste associated with the strategic considerations around properties
- Workshop 2: Design and decision phases – Waste in the design and decision process
- Workshop 3: The implementation – Waste during construction or remodeling of properties
- Workshop 4: Facilities management – Waste from an operational perspective
- Workshop 5: The client's perspective - Waste in the client's value chain
- Workshop 6: The property owner's perspective – Waste in the allocation of construction

The project is carried out in collaboration with Værdibyg, which also publishes comprehensive guidance on this in their usual industry-oriented guidance format.
Effective start/end date01/01/202431/01/2026

Collaborative partners

  • Værdibyg

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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