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Construction and Demolition Waste Management for a Sustainable Future

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Waste and Recycling".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2024 | Viewed by 139

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Chair of Construction Management in Civil Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Cracow University of Technology, Warszawska 24, 31-155 Cracow, Poland
Interests: construction management; technology of construction works; construction cost analyses; construction cost management; applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in construction management; building information modelling (BIM)
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Institute of Construction Economics and Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Veveří 331/95, 60200 Brno, Czech Republic
Interests: construction management; cost management; procurement in construction; performance management; construction sustainability; electronic reverse auctions; business economics

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Department of Building Materials Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, The AGH University, Al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Cracow, Poland
Interests: building materials; self-healing concretes; cement chemistry; special cements; low-energy cements; calcium aluminate cement; expansive cements; non-shrinking cements; emission-free cements; smart building materials; biocorrosion of building materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Construction activities generate a significant volume of waste, and the materials involved are diverse. The problems of construction and demolition (C&D) waste management are of paramount importance for undisputable reasons, encompassing environmental, economic, and societal aspects.

In terms of environmental conservation, sustainable waste management prevents environmental pollution and helps maintain a healthier planet. Efficient waste management promotes the recycling and reuse of materials, thereby reducing the demand for new raw resources. This contributes to the conservation of natural resources and mitigates the environmental impact of extraction and manufacturing processes. Recycling and reusing C&D waste, as well as waste materials from different industries to create new construction materials, often require less energy than producing new ones from raw resources. Therefore, efficient waste management contributes to energy conservation and reduces the environmental impact associated with energy production. Strategies, including waste minimization, recycling, and reusing, directly contribute to reducing the overall volume of waste. Through these strategies, we can mitigate the contribution of waste to climate change and reduce overall carbon emissions. Supporting industries involved in waste collection, recycling, reusing, and the development of sustainable technologies creates economic opportunities. Adhering to waste management regulations ensures legal compliance and fosters responsible practices, encouraging businesses and individuals to meet environmental standards. Incorporating waste management practices into the principles of sustainable construction ensures that current needs are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This approach aligns with a holistic and balanced perspective on social, economic, and environmental considerations.

We believe that research focusing on various aspects of waste management in the construction industry, including experimental, correlational, surveillance, and case study works, as well as simulation and modelling, may provide several sustainable development benefits. The research and scientific approach to construction waste management plays a pivotal role in aligning construction practices with environmental stewardship, resource efficiency, and social responsibility. Better understanding and knowledge of the nature of construction waste, as well as the process of waste management resulting from research and studies may contribute not only to the body of knowledge but also to the continuous improvement of construction industry sustainability. Enhancing comprehension and awareness of the characteristics of construction waste, along with insights into waste management derived from research and studies, can contribute not only to the expansion of knowledge but also to the ongoing enhancement of sustainability practices within the construction industry.

The aim of this call, as well as the Special Issue, is to cultivate and showcase both theoretical and practical insights that facilitate a comprehensive exploration of waste management issues in the construction industry and challenges from diverse perspectives. In line with our commitment to advancing knowledge in the field, we particularly encourage submissions that demonstrate innovative approaches and groundbreaking solutions, fostering a forward-thinking discourse that contributes to the evolution of sustainable practices within the field.

Specific topics of the Special Issue include but are not limited to the following:

  • Understanding and analysis of the composition and characteristics of construction and demolition waste;
  • Construction and demolition waste minimization strategies;
  • Innovations in waste recycling in the construction industry;
  • Construction and demolition waste environmental impact assessment;
  • Circular economy approaches to construction and demolition waste;
  • Waste management in the life cycle analysis and assessment of built structures;
  • Construction and demolition waste management planning;
  • Integrating digital tools and BIM technology for improved construction and demolition waste management;
  • Economic aspects of construction and demolition waste management;
  • Sustainable practices of handling construction and demolition waste.

Dr. Michał Juszczyk
Dr. Tomáš Hanák
Dr. Michał Pyzalski
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • waste management
  • construction and demolition waste management
  • sustainable construction
  • recycling technology
  • circular economy
  • environmental aspects assessment

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