Restructuring Construction Thinking for Urban Material Reuse

Reza Haghani, Debra F. Laefer

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Construction and demolition waste (CDW) is a significant contributor to global waste. CDW accounts for nearly 1/3 of the total waste worldwide. Much of this is concrete, brick, and wood and is disposed in landfills or incinerated, resulting in environmental pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Upcycling CDW is increasingly important for a sustainable waste management approach. Digitalization can play a significant role in promoting reuse of construction waste by enabling effective and efficient tracking, sorting, and processing of materials, through Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM can help identify reusable components and provide real-time data on the quantity and quality of materials available for reuse. This paper proposes the architecture of a digital platform to facilitate the CDW upcycling by connecting construction companies, material suppliers, and waste management firms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIABSE Congress, New Delhi 2023
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering for Sustainable Development, Report
PublisherInternational Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781713883128
StatePublished - 2023
Event23rd IABSE Congress New Delhi 2023: Engineering for Sustainable Development - New Delhi, India
Duration: Sep 20 2023Sep 22 2023

Publication series

NameIABSE Congress, New Delhi 2023: Engineering for Sustainable Development, Report


Conference23rd IABSE Congress New Delhi 2023: Engineering for Sustainable Development
CityNew Delhi


  • Construction
  • Demolition
  • Repurpose
  • Reuse
  • Upcycling
  • Waste

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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