Management of resources and waste in the construction and real estate industry The case of the Circular Office

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2020
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ARTURO MEJIA CARDENAS, JOSE
VIDOVIC, DINO
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Construction and demolition waste (CDW), and the associated resource use, is a major contributor to the overall waste generation in Europe and in the world. This leads to serious environmental issues. Circular economy (CE) is seen as a potential solution to this problem, as it can lead to more efficient resource use and minimizing of waste, along with social and economic benefits. To apply principles of circular economy to company’s business models, business model innovation is needed. The main aim of this study was to identify the status of CDW and the challenges, barriers, and opportunities at the case study company (Castellum) and offer recommendations of CE principles to be implemented in the company’s business practices, thus achieving circular business model innovation and reduce the environmental impact of the case study company. This paper comprises of a theoretical framework surrounding the topics at hand, empirical data collected through a qualitative research method, and an analysis of the data with recommendations for the case study company.
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construction and demolition waste, resource use, construction industry, real estate industry, circular economy, business model, business model innovation, circular business model innovation
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