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Barriers to implementing the circular economy in the construction industry: a critical review

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posted on 2024-02-14, 16:54 authored by Rabia Charef, Jean-Claude Morel, Kami RakhshanbabanariKami Rakhshanbabanari
To facilitate the adoption of the circular economy (CE) in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector, some authors have demonstrated the potential of recent designs that take into account the sustainable management of an asset’s end-of-life (EOL), providing an alternative to the dominant designs that end with demolition. However, there is no review of the literature that encompasses a large range of sustainable designs in the current CE context. This paper provides a critical review of journal papers that deal with the barriers to implementing sustainable designs and approaches to the EOL management of assets that have the potential to fulfil the principles of the CE. Eighteen approaches related to prefabrication, design for change, design for deconstruction, reverse logistics, waste management and closed-loop systems were found. Through an analysis of the barriers that are common among these 18 approaches, we classified them into six different categories (organisational, economical, technical, social, political and environmental). Two Sankey diagrams illustrate the interrelation between the barriers, their categories and the 18 approaches. The diagrams clearly show that most of the barriers are common to multiple approaches and that most of the barriers relate to organisational concerns. The study gives a detailed map of the barriers that would help stakeholders from the AEC sector develop strategies to overcome the current obstacles in the shift to a CE.

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School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Sustainability

Volume

13

Issue

23

Publisher

MDPI

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© the authors

Publisher statement

This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Acceptance date

2021-11-17

Publication date

2021-11-24

Copyright date

2021

eISSN

2071-1050

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Kami Rakhshanbabanari. Deposit date: 13 February 2024

Article number

12989

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