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dc.contributor.authorTurner, David
dc.description.abstractThis paper considers strategies for whole building recycling in New Zealand. Assumptions about waste and recycling potential that are made in the process of improving construction systems usually relate to the development of new practices that may be generally characterised as reductive. These are often effective, and make significant contributions to the overall efficiency of the wider building industry. However, the tradition of uplifting, removing, relocating and restoring – and in this process, recycling – a whole building is well established as a practical and economic alternative to demolition and salvage, in which only a small proportion of all the original material is likely to be recovered. The “relocatable”, in which space and volume as well as material is recycled, can be seen as a sustainable practice for reduction of waste and resource depletion, and also sustainable for its social function. The argument for expanding the practice is developed in this paper through case study examples with a focus on three elements: material recovery (including energy), irreducible waste by-products from the usual recovery process, and identifiable social advantages. It is argued here that waste is minimised through the element of direct personal commitment commonly encountered during the period of the building’s recovery. Case studies are supported by research that has had access to the files of some of Auckland’s leading house removal companies.en_NZ
dc.publisherUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.rightsWhole building recycling as a waste reduction practice is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licenseen_NZ
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 New Zealand*
dc.subjectbuilding recyclingen_NZ
dc.subjectwaste reductionen_NZ
dc.subjectAuckland (N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.subjectwhole building recyclingen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.titleWhole building recycling as a waste reduction practiceen_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution - Paper in Published Proceedingsen_NZ
dc.rights.holderUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden120299 Building not elsewhere classifieden_NZ
dc.subject.marsden050205 Environmental Managementen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationTurner, D. (2015). Whole building recycling as a waste reduction practice. In M. Panko & L. Kestle (Eds.). Building today - saving tomorrow: Sustainability In Construction And Deconstruction Conference Proceedings. (pp. 18-26). Unitec Institute of Technology. Retrieved from:
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.titleBuilding today - saving tomorrow : sustainability in construction and deconstruction conference proceedingsen_NZ
unitec.conference.titleBuilding today - saving tomorrow : sustainability in construction and deconstruction conferenceen_NZ
unitec.conference.orgUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaConstruction + Engineering

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